John Muir


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Aug 31, 1880 A drenching driving rainstorm. By tobacco, rice etc. prevail an old man with heavy faraway face to guide us to gl [glacier] up one of the arms, the R[river] & to lake, us in his chief’s canoe, which is much lighter than ours. It was wet and slimy hard to stand or sit in & how the rain did pour. We paddled up a lovely arm that led to the river Ken--- stank up wh [which] we paddled & poled & towed against heavy stream. Passed naked man with two naked boys only ring on nose and beads at neck & sharks tooth at ears. At a salmon station up a little farther when a branch of the river had parted with its gl[glacier] mud. The salmon were in crowds, spawning on the smooth clean [gravel]. so many dead one they at times mixed with the living obstructed our way. Here in the shallows when the willows bend over & embrace the narrow network of side rills we had to leave our canoe & [betake] ourselves to the dripping woods & flat. The old Ind [Indian] did not wish to go farther, but told us we would find the cliffs up the right arm [sketch]

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Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 cm.

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