A New Nation's Journey West May 5 - 21,
May 16, At Great Falls - We camped last night on
the banks of the Upper Missouri River at Great Falls, MT. After setting up
camp at La Quinta Point, Don Popejoy led a hunting party to an area called
Walmart, where we found supplies for a party to be held today at the tent
of our expedition artist, Marge Schuler. Monday we will proceed on. Lois Flanagan
we visited the Charlie Russell Museum for lunch with a program about John
Colter by Greg. that was followed by a visit to the Lewis and Clark
Interpretive Center with its great dioramas and displays. Colter was the
expedition member who got permission to leave early at the Mandan villages
on the way back. Greg told us all about how Colter discovered Yellowstone
and had a miraculous escape from the Blackfeet Indians.
Roland Pascal was our flagbearer today. Inside the
Interpretive Center we found this statue, among other great displays.
life size display of the portage canoe really shows off the tremendous
strength needed to perform this 18 mile portage.