Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
June 11 - 28, 2003

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Thursday, June 19 -- from Margy Rocheleau
Hi:

Let me tell you about my wonderful vacation with Elderhostel's 18 day Lewis and Clark trip west. We are following Lewis and Clark's trail across the country. we startr each day by marking our maps for the day's route. We have visits to many historical sites and enjoyed lectures by local historians.

Our bus has functioned as a classroom. during our long periods of riding to our next destination, we have enjoyednfilms, lectures & discussions given by our guides, Don Popejoy and Tom Laidlaw. Group members volunteered to present additional research information pertaining to the theme of the trip. ok

Last night we stayed in Medora, ND, where the entire group attended an outdoor performance at Burning Hills Theatre. Today, on the way to Pompey's Pillar, we stopped for lunch at Forsyth, MT Margy Rocheleau

From The Webmaster:

This park is really beautiful, and whenever our bus comes through this small town, the locals all come down to the river to see what we are all about. The main attraction for today was Pompey;s Pillar, an isolated hill up which William Clark climbed to scratch his name into the rock alongside many Indian petroglyphs. He named it Pompey's Pillar in honor of Sacagawea's year-and-a-half old son

At Pompey's Pillar, many of our grouped climbed all 214 steps in 90 degree weather, to hear Howard Bogges, a Crow Indian, who gave us the Indian side of the story, and the significance of Pompey's Pillar to the Crow Nation. Today's color guard was Diane and James Williams. The BLM park let us raise our own 15-star, 15-stripe Star Spangled Banner

Here's the great guy responsible for getting us from place to place, Galen Feeeman

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