Sunday [10 Sept. 1950]
One day more has gone and I spent most of the time making an abstract of the Post's article (which I found more informative and suggestive on a second reading) and an elaborate account of Dalmage's geological information. Between him and Douglas I have quite a stretch of fact which I shall have to beat into some shape later on.
In the afternoon I called on Sage who is inviting me to the Faculty Club on Tuesday where I expect to meet a few of the University chaps. I tried several times to get hold of Robbins. He is in town but was not at his house. On Tuesday night I expect to be with Birney and some of the 'authors anonymous.' I guess they will be a keen gang of youngsters worth knowing. Tomorrow I shall see Major and try for something else, and it is quite possible that I shall try a quick trip to Victoria but only if information is available there and nowhere else.
I got back to the Hotel today about five and I have been at the writing pad right up till now which is about eight o'clock.
I shall drop Claire a line before I turn in tonight.
I think the trip is going to be quite valuable for I am loaded with information about the Fraser River which I shall check up along the Route on Friday morning. For instance, Lytton in the Coastal Range is where the Fraser from the North meets the Thompson from the East. A few phrases from Blake can be made texts: 'the sea of mountains,' and 'lost in the gorges of the Fraser,' etc., etc. They will put dynamic in the story I hope.
I have also learned what muskeg is exactly a lake of water over which vegetation has grown particularly caribou moss (the food of caribou) and what I had hoped for it covers the pre-Cambrian rock so it can be made part of the 'lizard,' perhaps a leg or a flipper such as an alligator might have. This lizard I expect will be fearfully and wonderfully made, perhaps grotesquely made, before the beast is finally carved out.
With the trip finished, it will be a matter of assembling data from historians, geologists, miners and books. You and I will have to go over your rocks in the furnace room.
Well, I'll be glad to see your dear self on Saturday. It was lonely when you left. I hope you had a restful trip. Don't fail to make yourself comfortable. I am glad that the trip is going to be no longer than it is because I am impatient to be back with you at our own home at 21.
My deepest love to you.
One day more 'lizard'