Sunday, June 20, 2010

From The Musselshell

"Whilst I viewed those mountains, I felt a secret pleasure in finding myself so near the head of the -- heretofore conceived -- boundless Missouri. But when I reflected on the difficulties which this snowy barrier would most probably throw in my way to the Pacific Ocean, and the sufferings and hardship of myself and party in them, it in some measure counterbalanced the joy I had felt in the first moments in which I gazed on them. But, as I have always held it little short of criminality to anticipate evils, I will allow it to be a good, comfortable road until I am compelled to believe otherwise."

~ William Clark, May 26, 1805