John Muir


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14 intervals of 20 or 30 minutes occur without any considerable fall. Then 3 or 4 immense [discharges] will take place in [the same number of] as many minutes The sound they make is like hearing thunder with prolonged roar after deep thudding sounds A perpetual thunder storm easily heard 3 or 4 ms [miles] away The roar in our tent & the shaking of the ground from one to two ms [miles] distant from points of [discharge] seem startlingly near. Had to look after camp supplies & left the ship late this morning. Went with the crowd to the gl [glacier] Had many questions to answer. Then taking advantage of the fine weather pushed off alone into the silent ice prairie Reached an island about 500 ft [feet] above ice level. Found small lake on

15 the larger of the two islands. Also many fragments of wood large & small, battered & ground. Seem to have come from trees grown on the island. Mean to use this island as a station in setting out stakes. Had view of top of grand mtn. [mountain] perhaps Fairweather Distance from ship landing about 16 ms [miles] -- from front of gl [glacier] 12. Ice all smooth on this side. Wildly broken far beyond in the central portion Reached the ship at 2.30 P.M. I had intended getting back by noon & sending letters & bidding friends goodbye but could not resist going out & on over the broad crystal river. The ship moved off as soon as I was seen on the mor. bluff & I waved my hat in farewell, with Loomis, to the many wavings of handkerchiefs of friends we had made on the trip.

Date Original

June 1890


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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