Journal I : Expedition to Glacier Bay, Alaska, Summer 1890

July 1st

When I arose this morning at six we were anchored a half mile below the port of Muir Glacier, and within 200 yds of the shore. The avalanches of ice from the end of the glacier fall continually and the layer ones make great waves which rock the steamer like a ground swell.

I soon went ashore and found Prof. Muir and Mr. Henry B. Loomis encamped (?). They are studying the submerged forests (in sand). Prof. Muir received us very kindly and invited [us] to camp near him, which we did. We spent the day hard at work unpacking and making camp. Edith and Miss Andrews went back on the Elder. The day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky. In the afternoon we saw the mirage in the lower part of the bay. It made the floating ice look like another front of Muir Glacier.

Our camp is on E side of Muir Inlet on the moraine which runs up flush with surface of glacier. Our tents are as follows:

                                                          [Sketch absent from document]

About half past-seven we took a long walk about 5 m. up the glacier to 2nd island. We followed the smooth ice and got home about 12 well played out. It never gets dark here.

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