As much as any American who came after him, George Washington bought into the myth of Western freedom and limitless national expansion. He had always believed in his own destiny as tied to rivers, mountains, valleys, and wildlife. It was about who he was and what we would became as a nation. He was an outdoorsman, a hunter, an explorer, and a lover, but also a classic romantic enthralled with the vastness of America. Though he wasn’t an eloquent writer, George Washington still contributed in own way to the myth of the great frontier. He spoke openly about his love of the land and how much he cherished the steep, rugged trails and each new encounter. He was as comfortable napping under a large boulder at the confluence of two rivers as he was sleeping on an immense bedstead on a southern plantation.