Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842: And to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-44

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Gales and Seaton, printers, 1845 - Paleontology - 693 pages
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Page 69 - Putting hands and feet in the crevices between the blocks, I succeeded in getting over it, and, when I reached the top, found my companions in a small valley below. Descending to them, we continued climbing, and in a short time reached the crest I sprang upon the summit, and another step would have precipitated me into an immense snow field five hundred feet below.
Page 69 - N. 51° E. As soon as I had gratified the first feelings of curiosity I descended, and each man ascended in his turn ; for I would only allow one at a time to mount the unstable and precarious slab, which it seemed a breath would hurl into the abyss below.
Page 15 - He had been near enough to see and count them, according to his report, and had made out twenty-seven. I immediately halted, arms were examined and put in order; the usual preparations made; and Kit Carson, springing upon one of the hunting horses, crossed the river, and galloped off into the opposite prairies to obtain some certain intelligence of their movements. Mounted on a fine horse, without a saddle, and scouring bareheaded over the prairies, Kit was one of the finest pictures of a horseman...
Page 153 - ... distended with air, and with pasted seams. Although the day was very calm, there was a considerable swell on the lake ; and there were white patches of foam on the surface, which were slowly moving to the southward, indicating the set of a current in that direction, and recalling the recollection of the whirlpool stories. The water continued to deepen as we advanced ; the lake becoming almost transparently clear, of an extremely beautiful...
Page 261 - Two men, in a savage desert, pursue day and night an unknown body of Indians, into the defiles of an unknown mountain — attack them on sight, without counting numbers — and defeat them in an instant, and for what ? To punish the robbers of the desert, and to avenge the wrongs of Mexicans whom they did not know. I repeat, it was Carson and Godey who did this — the former an American born in the Boon's Lick county of Missouri; the latter a Frenchman, born in St. Louis ; and both trained to Western...
Page 232 - is the little mountain — it is fifteen years since I saw it ; but I am just as sure as if I had seen it yesterday." Between us, then, and this low coast range, was the valley of the Sacramento ; and no one who had not accompanied us through the incidents of our life for the last few...
Page 63 - ... though it does not appear in the course of the narrative, (as I have avoided dwelling upon trifling incidents not connected with the objects of the expedition,) the spirits of the men had been much exhausted by the hardships and privations to which they had been subjected. Our provisions had wellnigh all disappeared. Bread had been long out of the question; and of all our stock, we had remaining two or three pounds of coffee, and a small quantity of maccaroni, which had been husbanded with great...
Page 135 - Beer springs, which, on account of the effervescing gas and acid taste, have received their name from the voyageurs and trappers of the country, who, in the midst of their rude and hard lives, are fond of finding some fancied resemblance to the luxuries they rarely have the fortune to enjoy.
Page 275 - The whole idea of such a desert, and such a people, is a novelty in our country, and excites Asiatic, not American ideas. Interior basins, with their own systems of lakes and rivers, and often sterile, are common enough in Asia ; people still in the elementary state of families, living in...
Page 263 - We were all too much affected by the sad feelings which the place inspired, to remain an unnecessary moment. The night we were obliged to pass there. Early in the morning we left it, having first written a brief account of what had happened, and put it in the cleft of a pole planted at the spring, that the approaching caravan might learn the fate of their friends. In commemoration of the event, we called the place Ague de Hernandez — Hernandez's spring. By observation, its latitude was 35= 51

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