John Muir


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12 ice laden & snowladen & with gl [glacial] sculptures so pronounced There are two canneries at head of Lynn Canal Inds [indians] furnish some of the salmon wt [weight] 10 [lbs] each. Everybody sitting up late for the midnight sun. not dark anytime of night. May read at 12 S.F. time. Run into Glacier Bay early on the morning of the 23d. having lost one day by detention at Port Townsend waiting arrival of the Puebla. losing a tide in getting thro [through] Johnson's Strait. Many bergs at mouth of bay, not many at the front of the gl [glacier] owing to wind & tide. A fine bright day the last of a group a week or two in size as shown by the dryness of the sand along shore & on the mors. A rare weather condition of ground hereabouts. Most of the passengers went ashore

13 & climbed the mor on the E [east] side to see the surface of the gl. [glacier] from a point a little above the front wall. A few went on a mile or two farther. The day was delightful & our 180 passengers were happy gazing at the beautiful blue of the bergs & the shattered pinnacled front wall of crystal, their fantastic carving, etc & awed by the thundering falling & rising of the bergs wh [which] ever & anon sent the spring several hundred feet into the air & raised swells that set all the fleet of bergs in motion & rolled up the beach roaring out the story far & near of the birth of every berg. The number of bergs given off varies much influenced in part no doubt by the tides weather etc -- sometimes one every 5 minutes for 1/2 day at a time on average, tho [though]

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June 1890


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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