John Muir


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in fog, and hove to instead of attempting to grope a course through the drift ice and running the danger of getting the ship embayed. A few gulls, seals, walruses observed. An old cask attracted our attention this morning and a large piece of driftwood. Aug 2. The fog cleared away at 1 A.M. to-day, with light breeze. Got under way about 4 A.M. and sped hopefully on once more to the N.W. with the mountains of the long-wished for land fully in view until noon, making our way easily through the loose floe, dodging round the larger masses, some of which were nearly a mile in length. The fog about this time began to settle down again on land and ice, and then spread out over the water also. Then the barometer began to fall and the wind to blow with indications of a stiff breeze that would crowd the ice against the shore. We were therefore compelled to stop once more. Pushing up against a large flat mass of icy hill and dale with

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