February 5. Bought tickets to Mt Cook and eight day trip with 200 miles of stage riding and, strange to say, I must go alone after constant company since landing in Egypt. All are tired and care too little for mountains. Had another walk in park or garden and called at the museum also. Have appointment to meet Dr Hutton (Curator of the Museum) and Mr Taylor (Director of Gardens) tomorrow at 10:00am. and 2:00pm. February 6. Saw many fine things. In museum noticed two rounded granite stones which had been ground in potholes of the Muir Glacier. Had pleasant chat with Dr Hutton. He has a really interesting collection, though not very large. He knows Keeler and Merriam. Spent pleasant hour or two in the morning, and mean to return. Mr Taylor became more and more hearty and kind as he noticed the interest I felt. Showed me his best treasures, gave me specimens and names of many New Zealand plants I had been admiring ever since I made their acquaintance in the wilderness, and many others I had not seen before from New Zealand and foreign countries. Walked and talked for four and a half hours until Mrs Taylor came seeking her lost husband in alarm.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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