Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
May 5 - 21, 2004

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May 12 - Bismarck, ND to Medora, ND  We received a "program information" guide in the mail a few weeks prior to departure. A review of this information indicated we should bring a "warm jacket" along with layers of warm clothes. I asked myself: "What were they thinking of, asking us to lug useless bulky jackets in this warm, if not hot, weather?" The first few days of our program were in the 80s and even 90s. Well, now I know. Yesterday, May 11, the air was so cold that I wore my "warm jacket" over a heavy sweater to be warm. We had a boat cruise on the Missouri River and no one chose to sit on the open upper deck. This morning we had snow to contend with. It got to the point that we had to make an unscheduled stop at K-Mart so that some of the program attendees (as well as our instructor) could buy some warm clothes. ok

This all boils down to: "When in doubt, do what you are told." The program coordinators know a little more about what to expect than you. In other words, when you are told to jump, the only legitimate question is: "How High?" John Zach

You're right, John. I should have listened. If you remember, you asked me at the beginning if I guaranteed perfectly good weather. I said I would guarantee appropriate weather. Since Lewis and Clark experienced  such a gamut of weather I knew whatever we encountered would help us get deeper into the feelings and emotions of our fearless explorers. This was such a day. I have been to Fort Mandan about 8 times, always in the summer. Today was the first time I got a real appreciation of the winter of 1804 -1805. A wonderful interpretive day.
Tom Laidlaw, Onboard Instructor

Washburrn ND Interpretive Center and their dugout canoe, similar to the six made by Lewis and Clark.

Karl Bodmer print

This was Judy Pattee's birthday so she was flag-bearer.

Our flag flying above Fort Mandan

Group listening to excellent Interpreter

Knife River Indian Villages. these were the villages of Indians who worked with the Corps of Discovery thru the winter of 1804-05. it is Knife River because the Indians found flint here to make knives.

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