surface is Covered with willow and alder than trees. The [clouds] gradually lifted until nearly all the [mountains] of the Elias [Alps] were unveiled in majesty; the moving [clouds] assuming 1000 forms and hues, dark and flaming, glowing gloriously, red, purple, [yellow]. Mts. Vancouver and Cook, fine views of the former, broad based, covered with gable peaklets, very rich sculpture, more impressive than Elias from here (Yakutat). Elias clear towards sunset, or nearly so, [peak] of summit several times seen cut off sharply by [clouds]. Then it seemed tremendously high. Everybody happy. Mr. [Harriman] and bear party went ashore, or rather attempted to go, baffled and disgusted, returned at 10. No bears, no bears Oh Lord no bears shot; what hast they servants done? [Sketch: [Tributary] [opposite] Icy [Bay]] [July] 24. At 4 most of [mountains] clear. Huge berg went floating by. Intended to take on ice for water and ballast. Now going to Juneau and home. Want of bears the cause of change of plans. Started at 6 A.M. Soon the [clouds] lifted as if under our control, just as we arrived [opposite] the large Yakutat [glacier] 6 or 8 [miles] [East] of [Yakutat] [Bay] and
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist