Notes of a Naturalists. A Rough Passage-Sea-Sickness. Sea and Coast Scenery. British Columbia-Glacial Phenomena. (Correspondence of the Bulletin.) Victoria, V.I., June 25, 1879.

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San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, Aug. 27, 1879

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Muir, John
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific
John Muir; Bibliography; Kimes; William F. Kimes; Maymie B. Kimes; pamphlets; journal articles; speeches; writing; naturalist; annotation
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A &&ougk Passage—Sea-Sickness. Sea and Coast oenei'y. 'British Columbia—Glacial Phenomena. [COHRESrONDENOE OP THE BULLETIN.] Victoria, V. I., June 25,1879. Coining' down from the mountains to the sea makes a grand change in the flow of one's life. For leafy woods, with their flowers and fruits, •we have drifting tangle and dulse; for granite' domes, types of permanence, water-waves heaving in eternal earthquake, and the narrow bondage of a ship's deck for the wide freedom and wealth of the landscape. I left San Francisco last month on the steamer Dakota, in company with a friend, to see what I might learn in new icy fields to the northward. SEA-SICKNESS. After the usual flag-flying, public and private, on leaving the wharf was over, and we had sailed outside the Heads, thou the trouble and the enjoyments of the voyage fairly began. It was curious to note how suddenly the eager countenances of the passengers were darkened and subdued as soon as the good ship was free 3u the open sea and began to heave on the smooth swelling waves. The crowded deck was nearly deserted, and a dread gloom settled overall. The trouble was " only sea-sickness" the beginning of it, nevertheless, no funeral could show faces more deoply and truly gloom- clouded. First, there was a going to bed, with a " this world is all a fleeting show" expression; then a staggering reappearance on deck to try to Arid out whether there might be any hope loft in the fresh air ; then a suddon introversion, intensely concentrated, as if every past act and experience were being passed along in mental review ; then a rush to the rail and volcanic activity. The illness was so real, and the cause so natural and apparent, it seemed strange that nearly every one afflicted should 'lie more or less ashamed of it. Next morning a heavy wind was blowing, and the sea was corrugated with broad white- capped swells, across which the Dakota beat lier way, head and stern up and down in admirable time, like a Spanish steer racing across a prairie. Few indeed of all our passengers were to be seen. The deck was about as clear and silent as if all had been washed overboard in the night. How- bare and poor a substitute for a Bummer landscape the ship made that morning! How: poor a camp-grouud. No wood