May 23. Sunday [May 22]. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 75. Rather dark, cloudy and inclined to rain all day. Cooler towards evening. Everybody resting after trips ashore, as if at their own homes. Modern ships like cities - one scarce can realize that the big village is afloat, and the beating of the engines is regular and likr-like as if never to stop until death. May 24. Monday [May 23]. 7:00 A.M. Temperature 68 ½. Cloudy sea with heaving swell, but free from whitecaps. “This is for Stickeen” saw lady in wharf crowd as we were leaving Honolulu. Dry and mostly sunny in the afternoon. Warm got botanical papers dry on lower deck. We are rapidly making northing about 29. The Southern Cross is below the horizon several degrees. Temperature 7:00 P.M. 69. Sea rather rough, broad swells with considerable itching. About half of passengers failed to appear at breakfast tables.
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