April 3. Heavy showers in the morning with gloomysooty clouds along the distant shore like those seen all the way down the coast from Nagasaki to Singapore and Calcutta, from Bombay to Suez, etc., We are now in the tropics to which these clouds seem to peculiarly belong. A young weary bird came aboard, handsome with very long top know like quail, almost allowed itself to be caught. Few flying fish and porpoises, pelicans (?) and albatrosses. Getting warm. Sea very smooth. Am making many acquaintances and loneliness is passing off. April 4. Showery as usual. Very warm. Passed hundreds of islands, many of them on either hand with interesting sprinkling of trees, mostly Eucalyptus. On lower slopes conifers along the ridges, perhaps a few Araucarias, Bidwelli or Cunninghamii, while some that seemed too sharp topped for either were called Cypress pine by a passenger who seemed to know. We are due at Townsville late this evening or early on Tuesday morning. Would like to get ashore a few hours, but see little chance to.
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