Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jewel of the West 1881

"After passing the cutbanks, the place where we again approach the Willow Creek on its passage down to Macleod, we caught sight for the first time of the Rocky Mountains, extending along in a magnificent series of snowy peaks standing out against the pure blue sky, with snow clouds gathered around their summits, and bearing out more fully than I had ever seen before the Homeric phrase of the hill of cloud-collecting Jove.  They form at this place as beautiful a panorama as could be found of scenery of this character."  From Home to Home, Autumn Wanderings in the North-West 1881-1884, by Alexander Staveley Hill.