May 15. Temperature 6:00 A.M. 62. Fine bright morning, clear, dry, bracing. Sunlight sparkling on the dimpling, swelling sea. The wake of ship gloriously bright with spangles. In the afternoon, 8 or 10 albatrosses following. No vessel seen since leaving Yokohama. How different from the long coasting voyages I have made in this particular, the birds, the only vessels sailing the air and water alike. Have been drying plants, the deck dry for first time since second day out from Yokoham. A lot of Koreans and Japs going to the sugar fields of Hawaii. They are quite noisy today in their boxing contests, noisier than they have right to be. Interesting to see how influential is the weather on everyone, great and small, rich and poor, passengers and crew. May 16. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 65. No whitecaps, but broad, heavy corrugating swells covered with wrinkling, dimpling, small waves. Two or 3 dozen of albatrosses, small, with a flock here and there of a white tern or gull seen in distance, - long-winged, slow flapping birds. The sky at noon mostly clouded, low, fluffy, ill-defined, with light sifting through on edges, giving curious lights and colors to the sea - black, sooty and greenish and purple. The air is dry and pleasant still, but little exercise is taken by most passengers. Novels seem to be the main resource - no games except cards and dominoes, sit-down chess.
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