to Latouche at 6:00 A.M. Sunday. Took on oil and water Sunday
and Monday. Went to picture show Sunday night. Mailed 6 letters
and 15 cards in Latouche. Plenty of snow in Latouche still.
Left Latouche at 4 A.M. Tuesday. Had a fine trip to Kekurnoi.
Same kind of weather as we had going. Landed in a whaleboat
at Kekurnoi about 9 A.M. today with two men. Provisioned for
three weeks. Found my signal and station without any trouble.
Signal blown down however. Got camp pitched. Lucky enough
to find just oodles of driftwood. A little squirrel sits on
a hill a few yards back of our camp and watches us by the
hour. He has probably never seen a man before. A couple of
eagles have been flying around too. Shot a goose tonight with
my rifle, but haven't gotten him. Hope that he will wash ashore
during the night. Am tired, and ready for a good night's sleep.
up to the tune of a howling gale this morning. Where there
was only calm water yesterday, there are great big breakers
today. Could see across the Strait when I got up, but the
other shore soon disappeared. Only caught one or two very
dim glimpses of it after 7:00 o'clock. Worked on the signal
as much as I could today, and spent the rest of the time fixing
up camp. Have got the signal about ready to put up. I don't
believe a dozen men could have put it up today without special
equipment. The wind would all but take planks out of our hands
and would have if the planks were not held like we were wrestling
with them. It was very hard to saw. The wind would get the
saw blade and bind it just as if it were nothing. Got my eyes
full of sawdust time and again. Tonight I got more stuff out
of my eyes than has ever been in them before. It is cold too.
We could actually run up the hill back of camp without any
trouble. The wind would take us right up. Spray has been flying
over the camp. The gale has increased and the sea is howling
now if I ever heard it howl.
were still pounding in when we got up this morning, but she
calmed down considerably today. Last night the gale was at
its height. Worked on the signal today. Still a little too
much wind for raising it with only two men, I think. Hope
to get it up tomorrow. Saw Kodiak Island faintly at times
this morning, but couldn't see it at all this afternoon. Looks
like it might rain. Am tired in my body tonight. I worked
today if I ever worked.
of Kodiak Island showed up fairly clear at times, but not
clear enough to observe. Sun was under about all day, so I
couldn't show heliotropes, therefore I worked on the signal.
We got her raised in the morning, and it was some job, too,
for three men. I had to use all my engineering skill (of which
I haven't much). By night she was in pretty good shape. She
was centered over the station fairly well. Fortunately the
day was calm, all that I could have asked for. Was sure tired
when night came, but had a feeling of satisfaction for I had
accomplished something that certainly had me puzzled.
was pretty clear, but very windy. I think the god of winds
has his May home within easy calling distance of Kekurnoi.
He rests part of the time, or else goes visiting, but when
he works he works, and he has worked today.
It has been cold, and the cold has been biting, because of
the wind. The wind has been making the tents flutter like
a flag. I haven't had time to brace them inside yet. Went
up to the station this morning to see what I could do. Made
a helio table for Ridge and one for Ikolik, and got them adjusted.
Set up over the station and tried to observe, but couldn't
see a thing to observe on except Kubegaklin (maybe). Wasn't
sure about it even. Worked all morning. Put up the windshield
and another piece of canvas to help out, but they were not
near enough. Went back later in the afternoon and found that
some of the marline with which the windshield had been secured
had broken. Some wind. Took a short stroll this afternoon.
Got a couple of ptarmigan, which tasted fine for supper. The
last of the fresh meat went today at dinner. One of them would
have been enough, with the soup that we had. Found the top
of my tripod all jammed and useless this morning. Fixed it
this afternoon. Camping in Alaska is no bed of roses, but
I am glad I am here. Saw an old grave during my stroll this
afternoon. Some prospector probably died or got killed in
this God-forsaken place and was buried by his partner.
was like yesterday, only more so. It has been one darn thing
after another all day long. I took the theodolite up this
morning, set up, and tried to do something, but the wind said
"no." I couldn't see the other places very well, anyhow. Tried
to fix up camp a little today, but in a wind like this not
much can be done. Started some braces in the cook tent, and
the wind blew in so that a brace went right thru a corner
of the tent. This afternoon I was trying to sew on some fastening
cords on my tent. The wind would jerk the canvas out of my
hands like somebody was jerking it. I looked over my shoulder
and saw a great mass of smoke. A spark from the stove pipe
had set the grass afire. A fly, which I had to take off the
cook tent because the wind made it knock down the stove pipe
every few minutes, was burned up. Tonight at supper I noticed
that the Filipino cook had left some corned beef in a can.
We ate some tonight, and later I found that it had been standing
in the can a couple of days. The Filipino assured me that
it was all right when corned beef is one of the worst things
in the world to let stand in an open can. I scared him so
that I don't think that it will happen again by telling him
that there may soon be three new graves by the old one I saw
yesterday. I am arriving at the conclusion that a warm-weather
Filipino in an Alaska camp is about as much in the right place
as a bull in a china closet. He has had some dreams which
have worried him. One of them means that his sister is dead.
Tonight I noticed that he has caught a cold, which was caused,
I am sure, by his absolute helplessness when it comes to taking
care of himself. I caught him going around in freezing weather
with his shoes open. He said that he cries at night because
he is cold. He has as many blankets as I have. Just doesn't
know how to use them I think. I gave him the theodolite windshield
tonight, and tucked him in like a baby. I suppose the next
few days will determine whether my main object in life at
the present is to get my observations or to nurse my Filipino.
Late this afternoon I noticed that the signal looked as if
the wind would carry her over any minute. I climbed up and
put a heaving line on for an extra guy.
came to Alaska to see her in her different moods. Well, I
am getting what I came for. Found the little stream where
I was frozen over in places this morning. The wind down in
camp comes in puffs, which do things with the tents which
are unpleasant to hear. It picks up the sand on the beach
and carries it away in clouds. My eyes have been full of sand
a good many times today; and gee, but the sand can sting when
it hits your face. If you get behind something to hide from
the wind, he sees you before he has gone by very far, and
comes back after you.
windy, but it moderated towards evening. Broke the ice in
the little stream which runs by camp to wash my face and hands
this morning. Found that a little snow had fallen during the
night. Worked on the hill most of the day. This morning I
spent most of the time getting my windshield rigged up, building
a frame for it, etc. This afternoon I showed the heliotropes
and tried to observe. It was fairly clear, but I couldn't
see a thing to observe on! Maybe the others are having their
troubles, too, and will show me something by-and-by. I couldn't
even be certain about Kulugakli. Backus, my helper, and I
walked towards Kubergakli for about five miles after supper.
I wanted to see if the signal was still up if I could. Finally
saw it. Knew that it was up when I came in, for I saw it from
the ship, but from my station it certainly blends in with
the background. Have been thinking of going over and putting
some white cloth on it, but if I do it will be a hike of twenty
miles or more each way. Shot at some ptarmigan with my 22
revolver on the way back, but missed. The Filipino seems bitter
today. I dosed him up with salts and gave him all the advice
again in ice water this morning, but my lips were not bleeding
as they were yesterday morning. The wind blew harder all day
today than it did yesterday and I certainly got chilled. Took
the theodolite and the heliotropes up today. Just before dinner
something was sighted which I took for "Top," Mower's signal.
However, I didn't see it again in the afternoon. It was cloudy
over in that direction part of the time. I did see a sign
of life at Ikoliki. Lewis' station, over on Kodiak Island,
tho. After dinner his helio began to show, and showed until
about 5 o'clock. I had bad luck with my observations. I was
pretty certain that I could see Kubergakli, and proceeded
to take observations between that and Ikolik. When I was about
to take my last reading on my first set I hit my instrument,
so had to start over. Then I took two more sets in about the
length of time that it took for my first set. But, this being
my first try at triangulation, it would have been too good
to be true if I had done things right. When I started to figure
up my angles tonight I found that I had done something just
backwards. I am all set to get them tomorrow, tho, if they
show up. When I was coming down the hill tonight I saw a big
hole in the cook tent. Only a spark from the stove pipe. There
happened to be just enough left of the fly that burnt up Monday
to patch it with. I am colder tonight than I have been yet,
I believe. I have been sleeping in a heavy undershirt, an
army shirt, and two sweaters, and in the daytime I have my
mackinaw cruiser shirt on too. If it is no warmer tomorrow
I suppose I will put on another shirt. God bless Mama for
my helmet and wristlets. I didn't get to use them in France,
but they are sure coming in handy, no,--invaluable, now, especially
the helmet, without which work on the hill would be misery.
The wristlets are fine when observing, as they permit free
use of the fingers for handling the different screws, yet
keep the hands warm. They are much better than gloves for
that purpose when the temperature is down to freezing.
I got up this morning it was snowing. Continued lightly until
about 3:30 P.M. Then it began to clear up. The ground started
to whiten up, but it was a wet snow, and didn't last at this
level. Wrapped some cloth around the base of my signal this
morning, and made it fast; then came down and drank hot coffee.
After that I pitched in and made a regular living place out
of the cook tent, which was in a mess, as I hadn't had time
to give it much attention. Got thru that shortly after dinner.
Then worked on strengthening and centering the signals until
5:15. Ate supper. Went back up at 6:10 and worked until 8:40.
Got all the legs firmly fastened down. The reason it took
so long was because I had to do a good deal of digging in
frozen ground. Wanted to get it fixed while it is calm for
I may not have another good opportunity. Now I want to make
a couple of extra guys out of odd pieces of wire and then
I am willing to bet on this signal thru any blow that might
come along. It was practically calm all day. Caught the Filipino
with loose shoes again and gave him the best bawling out that
I could. Saw a small boat this afternoon. Probably fisherman
on his way to Kodiak. A fox came around to investigate us
this morning about breakfast time. He stood up on a hill about
40 yards away. The squirrels are full of curiosity too. You
can get up to within three yards of them sometimes. One actually
came towards me when I whistled, just like those on the capitol
grounds. When their idea of safety gets the upper hand over
their curiosity, however, "fleet," they are gone in a flash.
If they happen to be over a hole it happens so quick you can't
see what happens. One instant you are looking at a squirrel,
and a fractional part of the same instant later you are looking
at the ground. Sea gulls are funny too. Yesterday I saw a
flock of them chasing a couple of seals, and today I saw a
flock chasing a big eagle. Warmer now. Hope it continues so
. Would sure love to peep in at home tonight. There's nothing
like having a home and those that make it home.
day, and windy. Ice this morning. Observed today, but didn't
get as good results as I want. Saw Lewis' helio at 9:30, and
off and on all day, but only occasional glimpses in the afternoon.
Saw Bond's helio showing up like a star at 2:30 and saw it
intermittently for a couple of hours. Shot a couple of ducks
tonight, but couldn't get them. Also worked on theodolite
and washed clothes tonight.
paid a visit by the Captain this morning. The Surveyor dropped
anchor close by, and the Captain spent the day here. When
I saw them coming I was a little nervous, for I hadn't gotten
any results that were any good, and I thought that maybe the
camp would be broken up. However, my fears were groundless,
as we are to stay a week or two longer. The Captain was satisfied
with the work I have done which made me feel good. Saw Mower's
helio first time this morning. Got a good closure on Kuligakli
and Top, but wasn't sure of Kuligakli, as it was very indistinct.
Got two good closures on Ridge and Ikolik, and had a third
almost finished when Ikolik stopped showing, probably because
he was in the shade. Took a stroll after supper with my shotgun.
Got a ptarmigan. Saw a whale today.
Saturday, when I last wrote, there have been several interesting
happenings. I started a letter home Sunday morning. At dinner
time Sunday I decided to carry out a "bright" idea
which had struck me. That was to hike to Kuligakli, the next
station up the coast, and put some signal cloth on the signal.
As I had been having a great deal of difficulty seeing it.
So at one o'clock I set out with a blanket roll, a piece of
canvas, my revolver, and a small pack. I intended arriving
there at about seven and getting back the next morning at
nine or ten. Well, my bright idea proved to be bright
indeed. To begin with, it was blowing when I left and snowing
a little, but the snow was all right. I was only afraid that
it would turn into rain. As I got further along the snow began
to come down faster, and started to whitening up the ground
considerably. I walked over tundra, along the beach, and on
a mountain for about four hours. Up on that mountain I received
one of the surprises of my life when I ran across the tracks
of two men. I followed them down to and along the beach for
a considerable distance, as they were directed in my direction.
At last I came to a small boat a short distance up a creek.
A couple of salmon were lying on the ground and it was certain
that somebody was close by, but I didn't have any time to
lose, so I walked across the valley and tackled the next mountain.
Then it was that my troubles began. That mountain was streaked
with deep gulches full of alders, and believe me, alder thickets
are something to go thru, especially with a pack. As soon
as I would get out of one gulch I would be on the edge of
another. I absolutely never struck the likes of it before.
I couldn't walk along the beach, as it was high water, and
at high water that beach is a straight cliff. I had that for
two and a half or three hours, and I don't suppose I gained
much over two miles in that time. At 8 o'clock I was lucky
enough to find a break in the cliff and a section of the beach
which is not all covered at high water. It was all rocks and
boulders down there. I scraped a little dirt down from the
ravine where I climbed down to make the rocks softer, built
a fire out of driftwood over the spot where I intended sleeping,
moved the fire when the spot got warm, ate supper, and turned
in. By that time it was nearly 10, but still pretty light.
All went well until I came to out of a doze nearly suffocated.
A spark had set fire to my canvas ground cloth. Then I let
the fire go out. Didn't need it anyhow, as it had cleared
up. Slept fairly well. Got up about 3:30. My boots, which
had gotten wet, were frozen. I hiked around to the end of
the mountain, from where I could see the place to which I
had started. One glimpse was enough, as it looked as far away
as ever, and as I had neither the time nor the inclination
to go on. Had to thrash thru the alders part of the way back
on that mountain, but was able to follow the beach there for
a good distance too, and altho that particular section of
beach consisted of rocks and boulders, it seemed like a paved
street compared with the mountain side. While I was up on
the mountain I jumped a big fox about ten yards away. Came
across the boat again. Followed some fresh tracks along the
beach until I saw smoke coming out of a dugout. Then I spent
an hour which I will remember a long, long time, for in it
I got an insight into life as it's lived by the genuine frontiersman
up here, of their hospitality, etc. In the dugout I found
a middle aged man by the name of Mason. Everything about him,
his keen gray eyes, great strength, and a good many things
that I can't put into words, were suggestive of the pioneer.
Without a moment's hesitation he built a fire in his stove,
and over a meal of cocoa and grizzly bear roast we got acquainted.
He had killed two bears and his Indian helper had killed two
a few days previous. He talked of killing a bear as most people
would talk of killing a rabbit. Bear meat is fine. It tastes
somewhat like beef but somewhat different. That that I ate
was sure cooked fine, too,--just as tender as could be. Mr.
Mason traps in the winter time and works a gold creek he has
in the summer time. His creek is still frozen, but it is about
time for it to thaw. He lives at the place where the signal
is that I started to hike to, and offered to tack the cloth
on for me when he goes back, which offer I thankfully accepted.
He invited me to his place for a bear hunt, and told me that
if I ever went there while he was away I would find his cabin
open and to go in and help myself to anything I saw. That
is an unwritten law up here. You can go into a cabin that
you run across and help yourself, whether the owner is there
or not. Mr. Mason was on the way to Cold Bay, a town on the
Bay of the same name, down near Mower's camp. The town is
a thriving one which consists permanently of one trader. Sometimes
a few Indians live there and sometimes they don't. He said
there are eight men there now, as somebody has reported finding
oil. They put places like that on the chart as towns, as that
is about the best they can do if they want towns on the charts.
Got back to camp at 4 P.M. after having been on the hike most
of the time since 4 A.M. Was sure glad to throw my pack down.
Altho the day had been calm, it had not been good for seeing.
Backus reported that he hadn't seen a helio from any of the
other stations all day, so my fool trip didn't hurt anything
but my feelings, and they were put in good shape again my
Mr. Mason. Went to bed early, dog tired, and slept like a
log. But I forgot to say that just as I got to camp I saw
the Surveyor over about Kulugakli, and that they fixed up
the signal. I can see the signal plainly now.
for today, it has been mostly a case of flapping canvas and
eyes full of sand and dirt, for she has been blowing as hard
as she did on our second day at camp, to say the least. Took
the helios and theodolite up. About nine-thirty I noticed
that the guy stake on the windward side was pulling up, and
I had been willing to bet on those stakes, with cross pieces
nailed on them and buried under rocks below the frost line.
I was proud of them, but it seems that I needed schooling
in Alaska winds as well as Alaska hiking. Took all the instruments
away, as it looked like the signal might pull out the stake
and the top piece break at any moment. Worked until 12:30
making that stake secure. Backus and I took turns sitting
on the loose stake and digging a hole to bury another piece
of wood in. A piece of 3x3 was then nailed to the stake and
to the piece to be buried. Now I will bet on the stake. If
the signal goes it won't be the stake's fault. Showed helios
again from 1:15 to 4:45. Caught four or five dim glimmers
from Bond's helio this afternoon, but not enough to do any
good. Only secured one pointing on it. Probably too windy
for good results anyhow. Saw Surveyor today.
I got up only a moderate breeze was blowing, but before 10
o'clock, and for the rest of the day, it was a stiff breeze.
Saw the Surveyor coming. They dropped anchor a little before
noon, and sent a boat in. Smith, the writer, brought vouchers
for me to sign. I went aboard the ship, saw the folks, got
enough chow to last about three weeks longer and a few needed
articles and got off a letter to the home folks. Right after
they left I dressed up the base of my signal with some cloth
which I got off the Surveyor. They are at present engaged
in sounding in this vicinity, and will probably go on to Kodiak
tomorrow. I mentioned my meeting Mason, the prospector and
trapper. The Captain seemed surprised, as Mason has been reported
missing for some time. When the ship stopped by Kulugakli
to fix up the signals somebody went up to Mason's cabin to
try and find out something about him. Today has been nix as
an observing day. Could see the other places, but part of
the time thru a haze. Didn't catch sight of a helio all day.
Tried to show mine all day, however, Sure hope that I can
finish up successfully and soon.
was like yesterday, only there was more wind. Decided wind
was too strong, so took helios down at about nine. Ikolik
and Top were practically invisible all morning, and Ikolik
never showed up like a house afire in the afternoon either.
Didn't see a flash from any of them. Put up helios for Ridge
and Top at about one and helio for Ikolik at about one-thirty,
as the mist began to clear away then. Closed shop at 4:30.
I sure hate this wind. I wonder if it is like this up here
all the year. It is getting a little warmer, tho. Green grass
is beginning to show.
and fine today. Showed helios from 8 to 5. Didn't see Bond's
helio all day, but saw Lewis' and Mower's in the afternoon.
Got two good sets on Kulugakli and Ikolik. Ikolik stopped
showing before I could complete a third. A mirage hovered
about Kodiak Island most of the day, and it did queer things
with the mountains. One minute they would have flat tops and
the next they would have sharp pointed tops, besides many
curious formations. Sometimes they would look like tables.
Again high palisades would be thrown up where there are none.
Saw the Surveyor nearby on a sounding line. Thought they were
coming in here, but they didn't. Saw a whale spout off the
point. Also saw four small boats go by. Took a bath in a cold
mountain stream after supper, but it was not near as bad as
I imagined it would be. It is a good deal warmer than it has
been even if there was a patch of snow about three steps up
the stream from where I took my bath. Put the new fly, which
I got off the Surveyor Tuesday, on the cook tent after I took
my bath. Had to cut a hole in it to let the stove pipe thru
and had to make a frame to keep the canvas away from the pipe.
Also made a spark screen for the stove pipe out of a can.
fine a day as I could wish for, and I made use of it too.
Got a couple of sets on Kulugakli and Ikolik this morning.
About noon Ridge began to show, intermittently, but I got
a couple of sets on Ridge and Ikolik. Caught a few glimpses
of Ridge this morning, but not enough to observe on. Saw Top
pretty good all day, but didn't need him. Now I am practically
thru. I have four sets on Kulugakli and Ikolik and four on
Ridge and Ikolik, whereas I need only three of each. I took
an extra set of each as there was a set of each that I wasn't
quite satisfied with, but I think that all are passable. Got
a horizon closure within 0.4 second of perfect today, and
one within 0.8 second yesterday. Now all I have to do is to
take a few vertical angles and do a little pottering around,
and put some final touches on my signal. The mirage played
around Kodiak Island again today, and also farther up the
peninsula. About breakfast time there was a long concrete
railroad bridge which reached from Kodiak Island halfway across
the straits. It was for all the world like the Flagler road
to Key West. Then there were a bunch of natural bridges over
about Ikolik and Ridge. The day was very nearly cloudless
until about six o'clock, when a great, smoke-like mist was
seen rolling up from the southwest. In ten minutes or so we
were in the midst of a heavy fog, that blots out everything
two hundred yards or so away. I never saw such a quick change
in all my life. I suppose we are in for a spell of rain now.
The fog was so dense and smokelike that at first we thought
that Pavlof or some other old fellow had waked up and gone
on the war-path. Saw a whale and Mason's boat today. Think
that the boat turned back. Showed helios from 8 to 5:15. Could
see a little farther out to sea by nine o'clock. Saw Mason's
boat go by about nine.
and drizzly all day. Occupied day writing letters, sewing,
practicing with rifle, and washing clothes. Didn't see sun,
but saw part of Kodiak Island.
rained a few drops today but the sky was overcast until nearly
six o'clock. Only saw the sun a couple of short times before
then. Couldn't show helios, but could see across, and could
see the sun was shining over there. Saw helios, but could
see across, and could see that the sun was shining over there.
Saw helios from Ridge and Ikolik. Measured vertical angles,
but spent most of the day putting finishing touches on signal.
First we dug long holes behind the three guy stakes that hadn't
been completely fixed up. In these we buried big pieces of
wood, which were connected to the guy stakes by pieces of
3x3. Then we tightened up all the guys. After that we made
the signal cloth around the base as secure as possible which
finished the signal in all details. The wind that blows her
down now will be some wind. After supper Backus and I took
a stroll. Backus took my shotgun and I took my rifle. Saw
four ptarmigan and got four, Backus two and I two. I used
the 32 Colt automatic cartridge in auxiliary chamber, and
sure am pleased with it. It doesn't mutilate small game, doesn't
make much noise, and transforms a bear gun into "a ptarmigan
gun" in a moment. After I got back I did a little washing.
woolen undershirt, one woolen army shirt, two sweaters, a
mackinaw cruising shirt, and two pairs of pants. How's that
to wear on June 1st? The patch of snow on the north side of
camp hasn't quite melted yet, and this wind will penetrate
anything. For a description of today, see May 13th. A harder
blow than then if anything. Its hard to stand up on the hill.
Just did get the signal all fixed up in time, for otherwise
I think she would have gone. The wind going thru her sounded
like whistles. Haven't seen across all day. Top has been covered
by clouds and mist most of the time too. Didn't try to show
helios. Loafed all day, practically. Went up on the hill at
low water this afternoon with glasses to look for breakers
offshore, but didn't see any. Took inventory of mess stores
like yesterday. Sewed, read, and loafed.
I got up it had calmed down some, but it soon breezed up again.
Kodiak still invisible. More mist than yesterday. Took a three
hour walk this morning. Got two ptarmigan with my rifle. Rained
a little after supper.
but still windy. Sky overcast. Saw some mountains on Kodiak
in afternoon. Read, studied, and practiced tying knots.
and almost calm this A.M. Tested and adjusted helios and got
the last one up about nine. Took down Ridge ; Ikolik about
4:00, as Kodiak became invisible. Showed to Top till 5:00.
Signaled all stations that I was through. Took instrument
up. Drew sketch of mountains to Southwest to help determine
location of new triangulation station. Ascertained directions
taken by previous parties and marked on sketch such as came
on it. It soon breezed up. Woolewars are out tonight, and
I do hate them. They handle the canvas like they would split
it upon the least bit of excuse. Did some sewing. Some volcano,
probably Mageik, about 35 miles away, is sure going it. There
is quite a bit of smoke about the mountains to the North and
West, so much that it makes a shade thru which we can look
at the sun with naked eyes without even batting them. The
mountains across Cold Bay have been lighted by a weird, yellow
light. Those to the North are entirely or nearly invisible.
Maybe I will climb a high mountain a few miles back tomorrow
and try to get a glimpse of the old fellow. There is a decided
smell of smoke in the air. Backus ran out to see if the tent
was afire. No need to wonder any more how the first cats and
dogs learned to creep up close to their intended prey, crouch
down, and then at the first good chance spring and land squarely
on top of the poor, unoffending thing. Back in the wild days
when the first cats and dogs roamed the treeless world (like
the Alaska Peninsula) there must have been plenty of woolewars,
and much duller animals than cats and dogs could have learned
when the lesson was so forcibly taught. When the engravers
were finishing up the world in the rough a woolewar must have
got after them before they quite made a landing on the Alaska
Peninsula. And they never dared come back, either, for nothing
has touched it since the Lord stood somewhere near Anchorage
after he had finished the world and threw all the scraps that
were too big and rough to fit in anywhere out to sea, forming
the Alaska Peninsula.
this morning. Went hunting this afternoon. Only got one ptarmigan.
Kodiak Island plainly visible in afternoon, but didn't think
there was any use to show helios. Woke up about 2:30 A.M.
A bunch of woolewars must have been having a battle royal
on top of the tent,--about the worst of my experience. They
took my bucket down to the beach, and only a log saved it
from going to sea. They also emptied my washpan and turned
it upside down. Almost calm when I got up but has been windy
most of the day.
this morning. Very windy on hill until about 3:00, when it
almost calmed down. Showed helios until 4:30, that is, when
other places were visible. Didn't show to Top until 1:00.
Had to stop showing to Ridge and Ikolik from 10:30 to 12:00
as they disappeared. Saw two foxes or else the same one twice.
Did some target practice with rifle after supper. Shot 40
helios intermittently from 8:00 to about 1:00, as the sun
was under most of the time, and about 1:00 went under for
good. Had a few drops of rain. Went after ptarmigan in afternoon,
but no luck. Wind blowing in from sea. Will probably have
another howling gale. Almost calm this A.M. Shot 20 rounds
at targets today. Two pairs of woolen socks under my boots,
but my feet have been cold. A woolen undershirt and shirt,
two sweaters, a mackinaw cruising shirt, and a helmet, but
last time I went out my teeth did some chattering. I even
wore the helmet in the tent awhile tonight. Quite a drop this
all day. Couldn't show helios. Read, loafed, and "studied"
in morning. Went out in afternoon to draw a sketch of shore
line. Drew rough sketch from top of a mountain, from
where I got a wonderful view. Took shotgun along. Got four
ptarmigan and saw a fine red fox on my way back.
Tried to show helios about 2:00, when sun threatened to come
out, but gave it up. Surveyor came along and anchored a little
after four. It had been almost absolutely still until an hour
or so before they got here, when it began to breeze up from
the sea, making quite a chop. The motor sailor shoved off.
When almost here Mr. Sobieralski tried to yell something to
me, but I could hardly hear a sound on account of the breakers.
It was too rough to come in, so they beat it. The ship shoved
off for Kodiak Island. Halibut Cove for the night, I figure,
and all my mail is aboard! Anyhow, I still have the pleasure
in store, and maybe a bawling out about something I may have
done in my greenness, too. A whale came right into the little
harbor here today.
to rain about 10 last night and didn't stop a minute for about
20 hours. Looks like it will start again. Loafed and read
most of day. Put on sou'wester ; oilskin ; took a walk.
came about 10 yesterday morning. Mr. Sobe. came ashore. Went
aboard; ate dinner. Given more work to do here. Got two letters
from Mama and one from Hazel. Took long walk after supper
with Backus. Found Indian graveyard. Ten graves in four places
nearby. Not far away was a barabara. An old, broken, rusty
gun and other things gave evidence that it hadn't been used
for a long time. A note was pinned on the wall, but I couldn't
make it out. Got back to camp about 10 and made cocoa. Got
to bed about 11:15. Loafed, washed clothes, and started letter
home today. Seems to be clearing up. Something strange happened.
About the first night we were in camp the Filipino dreamed
that he lost a gold tooth and interpreted his dream to mean
that his sister was dead. Sure enough, he got a letter yesterday
saying that she was dead. He said that he didn't know she
or overcast. No work possible. Read, etc.
helio to Ridge from about 2 to 3. Clouds prevented more work.
Rained a little in afternoon. Took theodolite up, but couldn't
do anything. Filipino sick. Spit and vomited blood. Can't
be pneumonia, as certain symptoms not present. Severe pain
in back. Came on about 3 last night. He got breakfast and
dinner, chopped wood and didn't say anything about it until
afternoon. Says that he has had two attacks before, and that
doctors say it is caused by growth on heart. I made him go
to bed at once and cooked supper myself. Have been reading
medical handbook, but this case is too complicated for me.
He said that a doctor told him he would die if the growth
up and cooked breakfast. At first I thought the Filipino was
in a critical condition. Wouldn't eat. I made him some beef
extract soup and he wouldn't eat it. He seemed to lie in a
kind of stupor, but before noon a big change for the better
took place. Hope it will continue. Fog and light rain today.
Mirror calm. Rain hasn't stopped all day. Read, studied, and
washed a few clothes. Heard Surveyor's whistle just before
noon, but couldn't see her thru fog.
and calm yesterday. Top showed intermittently until about
2:30, when he went under a cloud. Ikolik showed from about
2:00 to 5:00. Did some observing, and showed helios from about
8:20 to 5:00. After supper Backus and I climbed the high mountain
at the head of the valley straight back. I suppose we were
the first ones to ever set foot on its summit. We got a view
the like of which I never saw before. Haze and maybe smoke
prevented the best possible view to the north and northwest,
but all other directions were just right. I may have seen
the bases of Katmai and Mageik, but I am not sure. I saw over
into their country anyhow. I looked down and saw Cold Bay
and Becharof Lake, a great lake which it is safe to say very
few white men have seen. Rising from the shore of the lake
Mt. Peulik stood like a Japanese picture mountain. To the
south and on Kodiak Island and for probably 35 miles to the
north countless ranges stood. The water was absolutely calm.
The whole made a picture which won't soon be forgotten.
down to the base of the mountain in a few minutes by running
and by sitting on snow and sliding. Got back to camp at 10:20.
This morning it was calm, but overcast. A stiff breeze soon
sprung up from the sea and developed into a nice blow. I took
the instrument up, but didn't catch a glimpse of anything
to observe on. All other stations were under clouds practically
all day, sometimes hidden. We had sun here intermittently,
and for those reasons I was only able to show helios intermittently.
Passed away time as usual under such conditions. Practically
calm. Took a couple of walks.
9:30 A.M. an Indian dropped in. Gave him some chow. Finally
made out that he and his brother are hunting seals in this
neck of the woods at present, and that they are camping down
at the graveyard in the old barabara we found some time ago.
Hope they don't get the notion that we are running a free
lunch counter. He pointed out a valley and said that he killed
three bears there last year, so after he left, Backus and
I hiked off to that valley, as this day evidently intended
to remain a no work day. Saw deep bear trails and old bear
tracks, but no bear. Gone six and a half hours. Calm but overcast
today. Just a few drops of rain.
today. Made a helio stand for Unalashagvik. Our friend the
Indian, his brother, and an old Indian dropped by this afternoon.
They came in a seal skin kayak. Had killed a seal yesterday
and had some seal meat. They all had rifles, but I also noticed
a bow on the bow of the kayak. One of them said that they
used it to kill seals with. Two of them wore mukluks. I don't
know what all they had in their kayak, but I saw a couple
of caribou hides. They shoved off in a little while. Said
they were going to an island farther up. Almost calm. I sure
hope that tomorrow will be good. Fished this afternoon, but
a pretty hard struggle it cleared up here a little before
noon. Didn't clear up at Top, which was under clouds all day.
Didn't get a glimpse of Top. A stiff blow was on all day.
Probably too stiff for good results if I could have seen anything
to observe on. Didn't show helios across Strait as I considered
it useless to do so. Read, studies, etc., and took a long
walk after supper. Saw a bird nest with six eggs - the second
one with eggs I have seen this year.
calm day until about six P.M. Got some observing done. Altho
all the rest of the world seemed cloudless, there was a low-hanging
mist out in the Strait several miles, and extending a good
many miles. We could see the tops of most of the mountains
on Kodiak over the mist most of the time. This lasted until
about eleven o'clock. From about 8 to 9 we could hear the
Surveyor's fog whistle somewhere out in the mist, but couldn't
see her until about 9. It certainly seemed funny to hear fog
signals on a day like this. The Surveyor sent a party ashore
on one of the big rocks not far away to put up a supplementary
station, and then came on up here. Capt. Hardy came ashore,
and worked out some sets while I kept on observing. He got
here about 1:45. Worked on hill until 5:50. Showed helios
to Top from about 8 to 5:50, to Ridge from about 9 to 5:50,
and to Ikolik from about 9:30 to 5:00. Then came down to supper
and to read my MAIL. Mail day is some day up here. While I
was putting up the instrument (about 5:50) a breeze suddenly
sprung up from the sea, and in a few minutes the breakers
were piling in. Nice little blow on now.
howlingest howling gale that I ever heard howl has been howling
all day. Rain and mist together, mostly mist, I think, has
been flying. Up on the hill it will certainly sting your face
to look directly into the teeth of the gale. It is like bucking
a football line to buck it up there. Easy to go up the hill
back of camp, but the wind will hold you back to some extent
coming down. Took a walk today. It is very foggy and misty.
The wet things in camp have a salt taste. Reread mail and
spent time as usual under similar conditions.
more moderate, but still windy and misty. One of our Indian
friends came around this morning. Told me he was in the Katmai
country when she blew up in 1912. Said that he beat it for
Cold Bay in his kayak, that he didn't sleep for three days,
that it was absolutely dark for two days, and that there was
some blow on. He wanted to buy some sugar. I gave him some.
It was funny to hear the Filipino talking to him.
much wind, but rain and fog all day. Took a long walk in afternoon.
Passed time as usual on such days.
and fog. My Indian friend came around this afternoon. After
he had been here about half an hour he informed me that his
partner, Nickel Eye, was "no goot," as he was to blame in
some way for the fact that they were out of tea. Gave him
some. Another half hour and he was out of salt. Nickel Eye's
fault again. Gave him a little salt. Was able to get a good
set on Kulugakli and the new station on the rock between four
and five this afternoon. Took a creek bath this morning. While
I was bathing it started raining lightly, but not enough to
wet my clothes to amount to anything.
and mist again, and a little wind. Ship came while we were
eating dinner. Whaleboat came ashore. Had to make a rough
surf landing. I fell down and got good and wet trying to take
a line from them. Brought chow for 12 days, a piece of 3x3
signal cloth, wire, and tacks. Am to put up another signal
near the Indian graveyard. They forgot to send nails, soap,
and baking powder, which we are about out of and also a cot
for Hunt, the extra man they sent me, but they sent a small
tent and a fly for him. A letter from Capt. Hardy said that
the observing on the main quadrilateral is considered complete,
that Bond has been landed at Mower's camp and that I am to
observe on and show helios to two new stations that Mower
and Bond will put up, and that I am also to do certain observing
from the new station I am to put up.
and fog today. Couldn't see rocks or point where I am to put
new station until about noon. Backus, Hunt, and I went down
to the point this afternoon. Each carried a 2x3, and each
knew he had carried something too. Picked out a place for
station after a little looking around. The barabara at the
point was certainly left in a filthy condition by the Indians,
who have gone somewhere. Fish and water fowl were left around
to rot. Got back at five-forty. Made a little preparation
for signal building and cleaned guns.
camp this morning at 8:10 for the new station to be, each
carrying a sizeable load of signal building material, tools,
etc. Got to work at 11:00 and stopped at four. Got signal
ready to put up. I drilled four holes in bedrock and cemented
spikes in them to secure guy wires to. A little windy today.
She succeeded in clearing up about everywhere except on the
mountains the "Top" group, which were hidden partly all day.
Overcast here when we left camp this morning. Feel like I
have done a day's work.
was a loss in every sense of the word. It was calm, or almost,
and clear. Stayed at camp and kept watch for helios practically
all the time until 3:00, but didn't see anything. A mirage
prevented good seeing on Kulugakli, so I didn't get anything.
After supper I took a long walk up the beach. Saw a fox, who
howled at me from a distance of about three or four hundred
yards a good while. Picked up some boards on the beach and
brought them back to use on signal. Fog settled down while
I was coming back. Got back after nine and discovered that
Dad's binoculars were missing. They may have been laid down
when I took them out to look at the fox. I retraced my steps
as near as I could, but didn't find them. Got back at 11:20.
Foggy Filipino has been under the weather a few days. Got
back to camp at 6:00. Found Filipino worse. He went to bed
about 7:00 and now his condition seems to be very, very critical.
Hunt, Backus, and I are standing watches to do what little
we can for him. I drew the 8-12 watch. He seems to doze off
at times and between dozes he seems to be suffering intense
agony. It seems to be an attack of the heart. If he lasts
the night out I will be very, very, thankful. About all that
I can do is to hope for the ship to come.
Backus, and I stood watches last night to do what we could
for the Filipino. He seemed to pass a quiet night, but said
this morning that he didn't sleep any. Says that he is feeling
a little better today, but it is still like hoping against
hope. He seems to have been lying in a kind of stupor most
of the day. Got him to eat a soft-boiled egg and to drink
a cup of coffee this afternoon,--the first he had eaten in
a couple of days. Went out this morning to try to get a ptarmigan
to make some broth, but didn't see a feather of one. About
noon I saw the Surveyor headed this way, and it certainly
made me feel better. But my streak of bad luck had to hold
out. It was blowing enough to make the sea rough, and the
Surveyor kept on up the channel. We did everything we could
to signal to them. I guess. Sky was overcast, so we couldn't
use helios. We took the windshield up on the hill and tried
to attract their attention with it. I tried to semaphore with
a pair of flags I made. We packed some wood up on the hill,
poured the kerosene on it and tried to make a fire, but too
much wind. Surveyor disappeared over the horizon. Suppose
they were too far away to get our signals. I wrote a message
and put it in a friction top can to throw with a heaving line
if a whaleboat should get close to the beach and then take
a notion not to try a landing. Early this afternoon the wind
increased to a gale, and a short time after the ship disappeared
it would have been impossible to make a landing. The gale
is the spray-driving, straight-from-the-sea kind.
on a pile of wood, boxes, and provision bags in cook tent
last night. Filipino passed quiet night. I got up and cooked
breakfast. Some wind, but not as much as yesterday. Foggy
and rainy.Filipino has been improving all day, but is still
very sick. Pain has not left him. I took almost a four hour
hunt this afternoon. Got a duck and a couple of snipe over
in a big marsh. Could have gotten more snipe if I had needed
them. Had to do a good deal of wading. Got wet. Cleaned birds
when I got back. Will make broth out of them. Looked for glasses
on way back, but no luck. Very hard rain last night. Hardest
I have seen on Alaska Peninsula. The gale drove it thru tent
in places. Had to use sacks to keep the Filipino's bed dry.
same way last night as night before. Got breakfast this A.M.
Made soup out of duck and snipe for Filipino. He has improved
100%. Sat up all day and has eaten more. Got round on Kulugakli
Rock, and new signal. Took nap this afternoon to get back
some of the sleep that I lost the last four nights. Overcast
or foggy. Rain since about 1:00. Calm to moderate breezes.
almost normal until after supper, when he spit some blood
and had a slight attack. Hope he doesn't get bad off this
time. It is not exactly a pleasant situation to have an apparently
dying man plead with you to relieve his pain when you can't
do a thing. Almost calm. Foggy and rainy in morning and part
of afternoon. Cleared up considerably and turned a little
cool late this afternoon. Adjusted signal this morning, as
I had found it to be slightly off center. Got three sets on
Rock and the new signal this afternoon. One of them was a
perfect horizon closure. Did a little mending on canvas packing
bag for theodolite to make it secure for the trip to the new
up at six. Helped cook breakfast. Left for new station with
Backus at 8:30. Left Hunt with Filipino, who is under the
weather a little today. Got a round of 9 directions and two
good sets on Kekurnoi and Rock. Backus secured the four extra
guy wires, put in a reference mark, and drilled a hole in
a big rock, into which we cemented a nail for a temporary
station mark. After I finished observing we put the rock in
place and centered the nail. Left for camp at about 5:30,
and got back about 7:00. Saw a huge brown bear with three
cubs on way back. They were six or seven hundred yards away
across an open space. Altho they were to windwards of us they
didn't notice us. They seemed to be feeding. After a good
while they disappeared up a ravine. Didn't have a gun along,
so I felt a little funny when the old bear for a moment seemed
to be starting towards us. In the morning we saw a bunch of
young sea gulls on a flat-topped rock a little out in the
water. Looked very much like baby turkeys or chickens. About
two dozen gulls flew around the rock making an awful racket.
Didn't see sun all day. Tops of mountains in "Top" group hidden.
and I went down to the new station this A.M. It was blowing
pretty hard when we got there, and just about the time we
got thru the fog shut down and it started raining, so we beat
it back. Got good and wet. All the hike and packing for nothing
except exercise. Shot at a duck but missed. Spent afternoon
drying clothes and writing. The wind is from the sea, and
the sea is pretty rough. Has been raining pretty hard since
about 10 with one slight pause. Filipino in bed all day. Has
headache. No appetite. Is weak. Hope he doesn't have another
and wind all day. SW gale. Woolewars tonight. Filipino in
bed. Maybe a little better than yesterday, but not much. Spent
day writing, loafing, etc.
and foggy, altho wind died down somewhat. Filipino better
this morning. Hunt and I took a walk in morning to look for
binoculars, but no luck. Saw two or three foxes.
I am beginning to find myself. I am not following the right
profession at all. I should hire myself out as companion to
somebody who wants to have unusual experiences, or is tired
of the ordinary, for it is beginning to look like that anybody
who hangs around me will soon learn to expect the unexpected.
Right after dinner we saw a boat headed our way. She dropped
anchor in the little cove in front of camp and lowered a boat.
Two men got in and started for the beach. The principal thought
that struck me was that the Surveyor had hit a rock and that
this boat had come to pick us up. We found that the boat was
rowed by an Indian and a Mr. Thompson. They had come to pick
us up all right, but the Surveyor's bad luck wasn't as bad
as we had feared. They are in Latouche and are unable to get
fuel, so Capt. Hardy sent a wireless to the canneries at Uyak
and at Larsen's Bay (about 8 miles above Uyak), asking them
to pick us up if possible, as we were provisioned only thru
the tenth. We got together a few belongings and got aboard
the boat (the Thrasher) about 4:00 P.M. The complement of
the Thrasher consisted of Capt. Green (a little man with stiff
red whiskers), the Indian who rowed ashore, an engineer, and
Mr. Thompson. who was just along for the trip. When we got
out into the Strait it was fairly clear, but dense fog hid
the shore. It was rough until we got in the lee of Kodiak
Island. Got sick. The Filipino got seasick and his pain came
back. It was a pretty severe trip for him in his condition.
Got to Larsen's Bay about 11:00. Saw the doctor and got Filipino
in hospital. Backus and Hunt were given a place to sleep in
the bunkhouse, I think. I was taken up to the cannery supt's.
house, and installed in the finest bedroom I ever slept in,
I think. Some difference between this and what I have been
used to. A big bag of cakes right on the table where I can
reach them from bed.
day loafing around, looking over cannery, etc. Talked to some
real fellows. Doctor thinks Filipino has ulcer of stomach.
Saw an unstretched bear skin 11 feet long. Was killed by the
Indian who was on the Thrasher. Daylight showed that my bedroom
is not as elegant as it appeared last night, but it is fine
all the same. Sent telegram to Capt. Hardy. Was disappointed
not to get trip to Latouche, but this is not bad. I would
have liked to have gotten with the gang, tho.
down to Uyak this A.M. on Thrasher. Was put up in fishermen's
bunkhouse, which was empty. Loafed around and looked over
cannery. Climbed hill. Five gas boats from other places got
in today,-one from Seward, one from Chignik, and three from
a Bering Sea cannery, which has already got up their pack.
Boat from Uyak reports that wireless message there from Surveyor
said that they were ready to leave Latouche yesterday or today.
A fellow said that all except three of the Yukon outfit were
taken to Latouche for the 4th. A jinx has sure been following
me since I joined the Coast Survey.
up to Mr. Taylor's house awhile Monday night. Heard some great
bear stories. Mr. McCue, general manager of the N.W.F. Company
had some interesting ones to tell. Spent yesterday writing
and loafing. Spent today writing, loafing, and reading. A
fellow lent me "The Rosary."
reading "The Rosary." It is a very fine book. Climbed mountain
this morning and tonight. It is an experience to sit on a
mountain top and watch the Alaska twilight come on. Tonight
Shelikof Strait was almost mirror like and Uyak Bay was quite
mirror like. The mountains on the mainland were a bluish gray,
and behind them a bluish gray wall of clouds of almost the
same shade of color as the mountains and about twice as high
formed a background. Just above the band of cloud were many
small clouds and arms from the main one, like peninsulas and
islands along the coast of the mainland. The clear sky around
them was the sea, and a beautiful sea it was, all painted
by the last rays of the sun, which had already set in Bristol
Bay. The wall of cloud and mountains seemed to stand guard
along the edge of the land of Robert W. Service. What words
could describe it better than, "There's a land where the mountains
are nameless, where the rivers run God knows where"? When
I stand on a mountain top and look at a world of mostly nameless
mountains and "Valleys unpeopled and still," what is it that
struggles in my mind to be understood but is never understood
right, but fascinates all the same? Is it the mystery, the
wildness, the bigness, and silence, or the sternness of it?
Probably all these traits and many more besides. Maybe I never
will fully understand this land. It is so big and has so many
moods, forms, and surprises, but something about it makes
one want to conquer it and learn its secrets.
came in last night after we had gone to bed. Got up and met
whaleboat. Went aboard with all belongings. Had to leave without
saying anything to Taylors, as they had gone to bed. Stayed
up till 1:30 reading mail. Plan was to drop in this morning,
but SE blow came on, so when I got up we were passing Uyak
Bay, bound for Kodiak, to meet the Watson. Don't plans change?
Spent part of day going over triangulation records. Went ashore
in Kodiak after supper.
ashore and took walk with Mr. Sobe. this morning. Dropped
by Dr. Buckley's. Got invited out for supper. Went again at
1:00. Watson had come in and knocked over tide gauge house,
so of course I got job of fixing it up wished off on me. Luckily
gauge wasn't broken. Had intended going back to ship and cleaning
up and shaving before supper, but it was too late after I
finished with tide gauge.
Went aboard Watson to get a shave, but her whistle blew before
I could get in barber's chair. On top of that I sat down on
a nail while fixing tide gauge and tore my pants, so I wasn't
in an ideal condition to go out to dine. Capt. and Mr. Sobe.
took supper at Dr. Buckley's too. We went aboard the Cedar
and talked to Capt. Ledbetter while waiting for motor sailer.
Bought pair of shore packs and other odds and ends today.
home at Kekurnoi. Landed this afternoon about 6 with provisions
for three weeks. Backus, Kenyon, and ? came with me.
? is an ex-Marine, and a survivor of Belleau Woods. Kenyon
is an ex-soldier, and had a year's service in France. We left
Kodiak at 5 A.M. Stopped in Kupreanof Strait to locate uncharted
rock. Worked on projection for planetable work most of day.
Bond did most of the work, however. Brought declinometer and
planetable, which I am to use in addition to occupying the
two stations, so I suppose I will be kept fairly busy. Found
one tent blown down. Calm weather for landing.
morning getting straightened out and studying. Also got big
rock dragged up to station and hole drilled in it for reference
work. Mountains in Top group covered by clouds this morning,
but when I looked at 3:00 it was clear enough to see them.
Studied until about 3:00, and then we all took a hike. Took
a set of magnetic observations when I got back, and then got
straightened out some more, and studied magnetism and planetable
work a little.
stadia rods this A.M. but before I could get set up for work
it started to rain, and has been raining ever since. No magnetic
work on account of rain and fog. Studied and read today.
this A.M. Cleared up and Top and vicinity showed up in afternoon,
but they didn't get enough sun to show helios. Lined in stakes
for magnetic observation this A.M. Started planetable work,
but had to stop twice to work on planetable movement , as
there was some lost motion. Finally contrived temporary remedy.
Knocked off at 5:00. Did magnetic work from 7:45 to 8:45 P.M.
day. Calm ; clear. Kept watch for helios until 3:00, but not
a flash. Got helio stands, etc., as near ready as possible.
Did a little planetable work between 3:00 and 5:00. Took mag.
obs. after 8:00. All of us went out in boat after supper.
Took gun, but got no ducks.
planetable this A.M. Rained in afternoon. Saw Surveyor this
A.M. Straightened up and braced tent this P.M. Rain prevented
magnetic observations. Took declinometer up but gave it up.
Took a little reconnaissance walk for topographic base line
and signals about 8:00. A fox just came around, but beat it
; fog all day. We all set out about 10:30 for a creek about
3 hours hike from here, the one where I saw the bear trail
some time ago. We caught 10 salmon, which were stranded in
a shallow place. Kenyon caught 4 trout. Saw plenty of fresh
bear tracks and trail. Got back to camp at 8:15. Some job
packing salmon back. Had trout for supper. Got wet today.
Tired tonight. Had to use boot lace to tie salmon to pole
fog and some rain. Got set of mag. obs. in morning, but fog
prevented in afternoon. We smoked salmon today.
clear this A.M. Measured base line three times. Top and Shag
started showing a little before noon, but so intermittently
that it was slow work to observe on them. Hit instrument and
ruined first set. Got two good ones, and fog shut down before
I could finish another (about 4 P.M.) Fog so thick I couldn't
take mag. observations tonight. Started letter home. Saw Surveyor
going back and forth (sounding) most of day.
almost all morning. Cleared up fairly well here in afternoon,
but fog banks were drifting all around. Beginning almost noon
the tops of the mountains on other side of Cold Bay showed
above fog bank several times, but only for a minute or so
at a time. Tried to show helios in afternoon, but only caught
an occasional glimpse of Top and Shag. Put up small signal
at end of base line and did some topography in afternoon.
Have caught an awful cold. Result of wetting I got Sunday,
I suppose. Fog settled down again about 5:00.
and fog all day. Tried to take mag. observations tonight,
but rain stopped me. Saw a big fox while trying to take observations.
Read, loafed, etc. No wonder this country has never been settled,
and I doubt if it ever will.
planetable work until about 12:30, when I knocked off to meet
the ship. Whaleboat came in and took us aboard. Took records
to be looked over. Brought back one more week's supply of
chow. The whaleboat trip was a little rough. It seems that
rough weather always beats the ship here by just a small margin.
This is about the only time it has been rough since we got
back. When we finished dinner it was after 3. It started to
rain, so I didn't get any more topography done. Got set of
magnetic observations tonight. Only saw sun a moment today,
and then not clearly. Mail day.
planetable until about 12:30. Knocked off for dinner. Set
up again after dinner, but wind had increased so that I couldn't
continue. Had been breezing up from the open sea since yesterday.
Rained a little in afternoon.
down towards supper time. Got two sets of mag. observations
tonight, and saw the tops of the mountains across Cold Bay
for the first time today while observing. Two of the boys
went out after supper and got 19 snipe. Mosquitoes beginning
to get bothersome. Hills full of young squirrels. Began noticing
them a few days ago.