John Muir


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8 31 Leave Seattle for Portland at 7 PM? Pass Cape Flattery at sunset Calm glassy sea Strikingly defined bar of gold from the sun on the smooth [Sketch]: Lituya B[Bay] & gls[glaciers] next E[east] after Fairweather. Forested up to 1500 or 2000 ft[feet] 9 water equal in width from end to end V[Very] unlike the wild storminess of [dashing] spray of former times – visits. Emerson lectures on India. 1st Aug[August]. After remarkably smooth voyage. Even the Columbia bar almost without breakers Arrived at Astoria 9 A.M, left 9.45. Arrived Portland 5.45 PM. Dist[Distance] from Astoria 98 ms[miles]. Dredger at work churning mud pumping it [aboard] & letting it pour over in heavy streams to be carried off by current. River views fine. Picturesque bluffs of [trap] regular or bent vs horizontal. River now at ordinary high water mark. Were met at dock by the Harrimans JB[John Burroughs] Gannett & others who had gone by rail. Bade goodbyes. Was invited to visit at Arden. Burroughs accompanied us to station & Palache. Left for home at 7 P.M. Timber along Columbia mostly Doug sp[Douglas spruce]. Good many arborretum[arboretum] Fringe of willow & maple

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