John Muir


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[June] 30th.This morning at 6 o’clock while the cook was preparing breakfast in the rain back of a big slate boulder [which] had fallen from the cliff and stood up stuck in the shore ground the wide end up [sketch] we left the slimy rock mess and breakfasted on the ship. Then bade farewell to our fine new [glaciers] and sailed for Cook’s Inlet, stopping to examine copper mines on the way out but not the [glacier] or [glaciers] in Icy Bay as we intended, Mr. Harriman saying we had no more ice time. We saw bergs from it as we sailed past its mouth. I must come again. Altogether we have seen 7 large [glaciers] 1st class and 3 small cascading ones [which] send off a few bergs and make a most wonderful show coming jagged, foaming, surging down through the midst of green pastures on majestic simple broad and high back-leaning slopes. Grand white cataracts of ice in a cow pasture, goat pasture. 10 berg [glaciers] in [Prince of] [Wales] [Sound] and many broad low descending ones in 1st stage of decadence and many cascading separating 100 or 500 [feet] and and regel ing and flowing on as if nothing had happened. These in falling make as thundering a noise as the great [glaciers] nearly.The Montague Island with [mountains] all about the same size cut into broad regular scallops side by side, the sun shining on it, very many low descending coming out of cloud capped [mountains] up the coast. Arrived at Kakhonak Bay

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