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

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May 5, 2004
This day was all about preparation.

I have been preparing my talks and websites, and our Onboard Coordinator, Don Popejoy, spent the day preparing material to prepare the hostelers for the trip.

27 eager Elderhostelers arrived at the Fairfield Inn in St. Charles, ready to start their adventure along the Lewis and Clark Trail. They are from all over the country. States represented are Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, Connecticut, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, and Washington. ok

After our orientation and preparation for the trip, we had an excellent dinner in The Columns banquet hall.

Doctor Debbie Crank Lewis of St. Charles Community College gave us a great talk about the preparation for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

She took us all the way back to the fall of the Roman Empire, which virtually canceled Europe's land trade with China. The voyages of Columbus were an attempt to reestablish trade by a water route.

 

According to Dr. Lewis, the Lewis and Clark Expedition was the final phase of the search for the Northwest Passage. The final proof it doesn't exist.
After this preparation by history itself, she went on to Jefferson's 20 year preparatory phase which included 3 failed attempts at exploring the west.
Finally she moved on to the preparations by Lewis and Clark themselves at Camp Dubois just across the Mississippi River fro the mouth of the Missouri.
Dr. Lewis' talk touched on a wealth of material, and raised a lot of questions which we will spend the next 17 days answering.

We are prepared to meet any challenge.
Tom Laidlaw, Onboard Instructor

 

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