John Muir


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fire of drift. Waded in wet grass, fortunately shot nothing. Arose at 4 A.M. and saw the ship pass the strait against the swift tide current and boiling rips. Myriads of waterfowl; many whales; the favorite sea otter hunting grounds here and to Westward along Oonamak shores. Watched the gradual [thickening] of the forests; no doubt fire had much to do with forestless region, and snow slipping during [years] of extra heavy long-lying snow. Heaviest, oldest forests not exposed either to fire or snow action. Were at Kodiack until 5 P.M. Lovely, balmy day; went walking; glorious, fragrant floweriness wild roses in prime, some 3 ½ inches [diameter] and a blue (gentian family) plant, geraniums, poliniums, etc. In the P.M. large party went to Fox farm island, 1000 acres. Saw salmon being cleaned, salted and barreled. Took on water and coal and left for Kichamak at 5 P.M. [July 21] Arrived 21st A.M. Put off party of naturalists, etc. (Ridgeway, Kincaid) at Saldovia. At Homer put off another party (Gilbert, Palachi, Dale), then started for head of Cook Inlet. Turned back after going 50 [miles] or so, discouraged with shortness of [Sketch: [Glacier] main of Kichamak [Bay], branch of Cook’s Inlet]

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