18th June 1835

Pursued our course, the valley becoming more fertile; we passed only one house. At midday seeing the valley ran in a very Northerly direction for a long distance, I did not think it worth while to proceed; so we turned back & again chose a snug spot to bivouac. This ravine is one of the passes of the Cordilleras. At night it appeared like an approaching rain storm. We experienced a trifling shock of an Earthquake. We were at a considerable elevation although the ascent from the sea is only just perceptible. With a clear sky it froze sharply every night.

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal:
Weighed at three in the morning and cleared the port before daybreak. A northerly, freshening wind favoured us much when in the offing.

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