John Muir


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the mainland and Santa Catarina Island. Beautiful strait, like the island passes Alexander Archipelago. Town not large. Noticed several brush fires, burning on the high surrounding mountains, sending up great pillars of smoke. Arrived here at 11:00 A.M. Departed for Rio Grande de Sul at 5:00 P.M. Wonderful clouds at sunset. Black, craggy, edged with gold. Orange, etc. October 31. Calm. Almost cloudless. Pale thin mists most of the forenoon. Sea wondrous smooth. No land in sight after 5:00 P.M. Clouds to the westward toward noon. Sea shimmering, spangling. Temperature pleasantly cool, about 70 Deg. In the shade. Toward sunset noticed massive, lead-colored cloud toward the land, spreading rapidly, causing sudden fall in temperature and darkness, followed by grand lightning and thunder and roaring wind and rainstorm. A truly magnificent storm, buffeting our little ship and making her reel and shudder. Lasted in wild extravagant torrents and lightning illumination of the solid blackness at half minute intervals for half an hour or so. Then died down to a steady continuous rainstorm.

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