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

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Marge Schuler's Sketchbook, Page 3

May 16 & 17 - Great Falls, MT -- the Hidatsas had told the Corps about the falls of the Missouri River that would require a half-day portage. What they found was five falls which took a full month to portage.

They had to haul their canoes out of the canyon and take them 18 miles around the falls. Clark laid out the route with stakes every 1/8 of a mile. They cut wheels out of trees and used their masts as axles.

They even tried to use their sails with fair success.

Lewis's iron boat did not work so they had to build two more dugout canoes.

We stood on the very rock Lewis stood on when he viewed the sublimely grand spectacle.

 

When Lewis wanted to communicate with the Indians it often had to go through five languages. Here, members of our crew have fun reenacting the chain

A herd, no, a gaggle of goslings held us up on the road for 10 minutes.

 


Rogers Pass on the continental Divide 5610 ft. This is 6 miles south of the pass Lewis used on his return in 1806

Lewis called these glacial moraines "The prairie of the knobs."

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