Captain Sublette, in one of his early expeditions across the mountains, is said to have sent four men in a skin canoe, to explore the lake, who professed to have navigated all round it; but to have suffered excessively from thirst, the water of the lake being extremely salt, and there being no fresh streams running into it.
Captain Bonneville doubts this report, or that the men accomplished the circumnavigation, because, he says, the lake receives several large streams from the mountains which bound it to the east.
A mile away, a grove-plumed promontory juts far into the lake
and glasses its palace in the blue depths; in midstream a boat is cutting the shining surface and leaving a long track behind, like a ray of light; the mountains beyond are veiled in a dreamy purple haze; far in the opposite direction a tumbled mass of domes and verdant slopes and valleys bars the lake
, and here indeed does distance lend enchantment to the view--for on this broad canvas, sun and clouds and the richest of atmospheres have blended a thousand tints together, and over its surface the filmy lights and shadows drift, hour after hour, and glorify it with a beauty that seems reflected out of Heaven itself.
Such was the Northwest Company in its powerful and prosperous days, when it held a kind of feudal sway over a vast domain of lake
By eleven he was at the foot of White Horse, and that night saw him camped beyond the Box Canon, the last bad river-stretch behind him, the string of lakes
From this island the latest expedition, sent by way of the great lakes
to explore the sources of the Nile, had just set out.
The country around the lake
was well cultivated, for the Mormons are mostly farmers; while ranches and pens for domesticated animals, fields of wheat, corn, and other cereals, luxuriant prairies, hedges of wild rose, clumps of acacias and milk-wort, would have been seen six months later.
After a long look at the lake
through the trees, I came to a positive conclusion at last.
Westward from the lake
stretched the grass-lands, and here were multitudes of bison and wild cattle.
I have known thee to leave fragments enough behind thee, when thou hast headed a night party on the lake
, to feed a dozen famishing families.”
* The beauties of Lake
George are well known to every American tourist.
Then this wicked enchantress changed the capital, which was a very populous and flourishing city, into the lake
and desert plain you saw.