June 22. Sunny, warm. Left at 6 last evening. Mountains on N. of Norton Sound clearly visible this morning. Beautiful sunset at 10:45 –strange mirage, the disk constantly changing from one form to another, but always forms like those made in a lather, nicks and rings like those on fancy mugs and caskets. On the 23rd we were sailing along the north side of St. Lawrence Island against heavy wind. There was a rough sea and a clear sky, save on the island. I had a tolerably clear view of the most prominent portion of the island near the middle. It is here composed of lava, reddish in color and dotted with craters and cones, most of which seem recent, though a slight amount of glaciation of a local kind is visible […]
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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