October 4th. M. Just leaving anchorage at Oonalaska. Farewell guns and flags and handwavings. Hope to see home in 10 days. Our stay at Oonalaska has been very pleasant. The weather mostly fine for this wet climate. The hills and mountains richly green and foodful looking. The views of the mountains very fine as the last white clouds are rolling away. Made an excursion to the summit of a well-formed volcanic cone about 2000 ft. high, and was favored with delightful weather. Had the use of the steam launch, sailed about 9 miles through glacial fiord to the foot of it over smooth water bounded by picturesque mountains, chief of which is Makushin 9000 ft high and laden with glaciers-a grand sight far exceeding what I had been led to expect, I had heard of a small fragmenting glacier being on its N flank but I found some 8 altogether 2 of them about 6 to 8 miles long and descending to within about a 1000 ft of the sea level.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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