Sunset very lovely, bars or crimson intensely vivid on pale yellow green ground, dark bars above edged with gold and purple. 9th Sep. Foggy all day. Temp. 50o. Raised anchor and attempted to sail across the estuary to land and examine the banks of the low delta opposite Elephant Point, but ran aground ere we had gone half a mile. A few natives came off with odds and ends to trade. Bought a kyack for 2 sacks of flour, dolls, etc – also ducks and cranberry. It was a lively sight to see the natives from 3 boats land and run, men, women and children, to the tundra and begin feasting on berries, lying down on the clean mossy sod and gathering the rich crops of cran[berries] and arbutus and crowberries. Little was their thought of the pinching, dark frost-days of winter, with want and cold.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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