John Muir


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[Sketch: Looking up 1st branch of Plover [Bay] on right above anchorage 3 [miles].] with civilization of whaler seamen sort has of course spoiled them. In spite of all this they make a living in this seemingly desolate land of frost and barren stone. At 8 o’clock we sailed for Indian point, a larger village with mission establishment. We reached it about 11 and looked at it in the orange and purple light of sunset. A heavy surf was breaking on the beach; nobody wished to try to land, and we sailed for Port Clarence. Most of the passengers tried to sit up to see the sunrise, calling it the midnight sun. Tho’ only a few degrees below the horizon, it did not rise until about 2:30 and the fog rising, it was not seen until 3. A sleepy lot were they at gong time; few appeared before 9. [July] 12. Arrived at Port Clarence at 1 P.M. Had good view of King Island, Prince of Wales Cape and faint views of East Cape and Diomede Islands. Bright day, [temperature] about 40 Picturesque brown [mountains] and hills and [valleys] and low finely curved slate, moory, tundra hills along [North] side of Port Clarence sound. Found 10 whalers at anchor back of low spit. 6 of Captains

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