|Freedom was and still is in the heart of the Mountain Man
I AM A MOUNTAIN MAN !
My mother was a badger, my father was a griz, I can out shoot, out fight, out cuss, and out
drink any man. I have the fastest horse, the sharpest knife, and the finest rifle in the
mountains. Hear my challenge echo in the valleys for any man of any nation to try to lift my
top knot. I will fight to the death for my right to be a free man, to trap the beaver and to hunt
the elk, to drink from cool streams, and to sleep under the stars. I have no road to follow, I
make my own. I have no man to answer to except myself. I fear no creature on God's green
earth, for I am a Mountain Man!
J. F. Ballard
|WORDS OF THE WISE
|BULLHOOK BOTTOMS BLACK
"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it,
for that determines our success or failure."
Norman Vincent Peale
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|"I defy the annals of chivalry to furnish the record of a life more wild and
perilous than that of a Rocky Mountain trapper."