46 On way back to camp discovered a group of stumps & went ashore to observe them. They are about 80 ft [feet] above mean tide & 4 or 500 yds [yards] from shore in the dry course of a flood channel where they have been battered by rolling bowlders. The largest is about 3 ft [feet] dia [diameter] & probably 300 yrs [years] old. Mean to return & examine at leisure. A smaller is standing astride a very old crumbling trunk showing that here at least two generations of trees flourished undisturbed by advance or retreat of gls [glaciers] or their floods. They are Menzies spruces & the wood is in good state of preservation about a mile below camp. How these trees were broken off without being uprooted is dark to me at present, perhaps they were first partially [burned].
47 7 July Another fine sunful day Scarce a cloud in the sky The ice miraged in the distance to look like the frontal wall of a great gl [glacier]. Writing letters in anticipation of the coming of the steamer. Stmr [steamer] arrived about 2.30 P.M. Was invited to dinner by Capn [Carrol] & supplied with everything we required. He promises to bring up lumber for a house next trip Hope he will. The Engineer had iron shoes made for my sled. Was leaving the ship without them. When the engineer handed them to me. Then on landing left them in the boat. Discovered they had been left just after stmr [steamer] sailed. Rushed to the beach, got an Indian & his craft to row me out & intercept the ship as she slowly turned. Got my
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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