water, heretofore dull black, changed to bright grass green from the fine particles of mud from the Yukon at 100 miles away – at 50 inclined to be muddy. The temperature, too, was most extreme, 64o in shade, higher than since leaving S.F. and 20o higher than it has been since leaving Unalaska. The deck dry all day for the first time in a month. The mountains on the N.E. shore of the Norton Sound seemed to be dancing in the varying tremulous refraction, level tops seesawing up and down in the strangest manner imaginable. The weather always better on this side [of] the Sea. The water at noon 42o, that is 10o above average since leaving Unalaska. Yesterday at Plover Bay 32o – as low as 29o in the Arctic. The average of weather but little above the freezing point, and the constant all-day duskiness has had a strange depressing effect on everybody. Saw glacial traces in the sculpture of the Norton Sound mountains
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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