Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Red Snow

We left Cape York bay last night at 8 and arrived here at 7 this morning. I saw some red snow on the side of the hill there at Cape York. The Dr. got some of it to look at under his microscope. He said it was a low form of vegetation that grew in the snow. I heard today that Dr. Cook hadnt got back to Etah yet, and Penakpa had gone to look for them as his boy was one of the party. He only took two Eskimos I hear, so I dont think he could have gone very far. The Eskimo have lost 4 since we have been home one girl about 4 years old and a man was drowned. The sledge sliped sideways from a glacier lost dogs and all, one man and one young woman died. The Erik was here when we got here came up past while we where in Cape York. We have as many as 75 dogs now and a number of Eskimos and whale meat on deck so we have a nice smell now. Are making row lock pins today at the forge, and it isnt very sweet out there, but I suppose I will get used to it in time. Joe White that came to Sydney last trip firing on this one came with the cook this year and then got a job with Mr. Whitney on the Erik waiting on his party and keeping clothes and guns clean.

 Red snow: Dr. Goodsell collected a slide of red snow in 1908-09. Red snow, also called watermelon snow, is a type of algae that grows in snow and ice during the summer months, and can be found in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as parts of North and South America, Europe and Asia. 


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