LEWIS AND CLARK
William Clark Writing in his Journal at Eagle Creek, May 31,1805
The White Cliffs region of the upper Missouri River in
the Eagle Creek area is one of the most beautiful sections of the waterway.
Lewis and Clark remarked many times in their journals that they were continually
impressed with the beauty of the geologic structure of the landscape. In
my painting, I am depicting Clark taking time to write in his journal.
The men are setting up camp late in the afternoon; and, Clark is trying
to find some time to be alone with his thoughts. The route traveled to
this point has been long and trying. However, this new landscape is like
nothing seen so far. As I travel on the river, I am continually intrigued
by the thought of what is around the next bend. Today we have very detailed
maps of the rivers; and, we know generally what is around the next bend.
What thoughts would have been going through Clarkĺ─˘s mind as he takes pen
in hand on the banks of the Missouri River?