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

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



2 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.