John Muir


[John Muir]


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]




Victoria B.C. June 17th 90

Dear Wanda

I told you I would be on the bounding billows when I went to Alaska & so I was. The sea was all rumpled up with big waves & the tops of them came on to the deck of the steamer & made everybody go inside of their rooms, & many men sick on account of the pitching & heaving & rocking of the ship. But I was used to it & enjoyed it. The waves were very blue at the bottom & green in the middle & white at the top. At one place off Crescent City there are

many strange looking rocks, & it was a grand sight to see the huge waves dash against them & jump up more than a hundred feet in the air in pure whtie foam. Thick & broad & [mossy?] wilder far & more beautiful than the Yosemite waterfalls. That was on Sunday & the wind was so strong that the sailors called it a "gale." I often thought of you when the sea was so beautiful & wild & wished you could be with me to see it. Some day you will I hope. You must write to me at Glacier Bay Alaska. Goodbye


Victoria, B. C[olumbia]

Date Original

1890 Jun 17


Original letter dimensions: 9.5 x 16.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0509

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