White Cliffs of the Missouri
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May 30, 1805
The obstructions of rocky points and riffles still continue as yesterday; at those places the men are compelled to be in the water even to their armpits, and the water is yet very cold… Added to this the banks and bluffs along which they are obliged to pass are so slippery and the mud so tenacious that they are unable to wear their mockersons…in short their labor is incredibly painful and great, yet those faithful fellows bear it without a murmur.
The hills and river cliffs which we passed today exhibit a most romantic appearance… As we passed on it seemed as if those scenes of visionary enchantment would never have an end.