John Muir


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9th The Howling Val[ley]. Snowy. All turned back. Arrived at ship 4 to 5 P.M. Meantime most everybody went ashore over mor[moraine]. Along shore to face of gl[acier]. Up red knob for view on gl[acier]. I led a party of 3 girls to smallish Island 3 ms[miles] from front or 4. Fine walkers. All impressed with vast extent of ice. Lovely blue grottoes [shimmering] light fairyland. Worms on ice snow & in water. Huge crevasse now below smallest island. Stream [flowing] apparently on rock[s] base of island. Surface of ice dirty. [Mid mor][Middle moraine] in line with larger Isld[island]. V[ery] broad. In dist[ance] like plowed field. Small like wagon tracks. Rocky like [RR][railroad] [ ] awk[ward]. Silver eye from specatacles. Gave dignity but could not see thru them. Given by Russian Officer. Asked Mrs Young 1894 where [the] [Sect] Ancon was embankment. Grand berg discharge. One v[ery] large 200 ft or more Whole bastion slid down. Hundreds of small bergs make acres of floe. The large [pieces] rising with [sublime] dignity & deliberation 150 ft water like hair streaming. Wave 20 ft h. [combing] dashing up spray against bergs 100 ft. Roaring like ocean. Hurried party high up the shore had not the wave been spent among bergs it would have risen

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