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Wednesday June 26, 2002: Clarkston, WA - The Dalles, OR

Last night we camped  across the Snake River from the L&C campsite of Oct. 10, 1805, right at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. This morning the road left the river followed more closely  Eastbound Land Route in reverse. We visited 3 of the eastbound campsites, then met the Columbia River and traveled to The Dalles, OR. ok
Every day has been so beautiful but yesterday was the greatest! the drive through the mountains with the trees and rivers was outstanding. We were very impressed with the Lolo Pass and hike. All of our stops were informative and interesting and the speakers were very good. Thanks to Tom and Don for their competent leadership and Phil's driving. Frank and Mickey Cataneo
What a difference 200 years makes. Lewis and Clark's Expedition to the Pacific Ocean took over 18 months with many difficulties that threatened the acheivement of their goal, and even their survival. This week we shall complete our trek to the Pacific in 17 days. The only danger we faced is that of overeating. How fortunate we have been to travel with great captains who have taught us and made sure we found the way, local guides who also taught about the history of the earlier expedition, and a driver who made sure our "boat" got their safely. we traveled with others who had a like interest in our past and a determination that we go forward working to keep our country free and great.
 Keith Bradley
Lewis and Clark is the focus of our trip, but at Maryhill Museum in Washington, their trail converges with the migration they spawned. Standing in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery we could see the great Columbia river itself, the Oregon Trail,  Route 30 (first replacement),  I-84 (second replacement), and the railroad tracks. Also right on the Oregon Trail we saw power poles and telephone lines. A real time trap. Many of our members walked a few steps in the footsteps of those who followed Lewis and Clark and brought the continental dream of Thomas Jefferson to fruition.

 

At right is the mouth of  the Snake River. It flows West into the Columbia which continues its journey south to the Pacific Ocean. When Lewis and Clark came over Lemhi Pass they called each succeeding river Columbia, renaming the one behind. But on Oct. 16, 1805 they reached a river so large it could be nothing else but the long sought Columbia River. Today's Snake River was called Lewis's River.
A few miles downstream from the confluence of the Snake and the Columbia the Twin Sisters of Indian legend sit atop the great river. They were turned to stone when their husband Coyote got tired of them. Or something like that. Here we are with our flag. None of the journals mention this unique formation, but an early writer on the expedition named them "The Two Captains" Nice touch.

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