Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
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Sept. 22, 2006
Great Falls, Montana -- Portage Overlook Visitors Center
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It has been a cold, blustery, rainy day, but this great group is here to learn and see, and have fun, so we don't let much stop us. Group Leader Charla (far left) stands next to our driver, Marv. Down front on the left is our Study Leader, Tom, next to our Local Expert, George Dean.


First we visited Rainbow Dam.

Then it was the Giant Spring, that William Clark discovered and named "Large Fountain." An amazing, bubblement out of the earth, it overflows into the Missouri by the world's shortest river, 210 feet long.

Then a half-mile walk along the river took us to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, one of the best in the country. ok

This massive diorama shows the difficulty the Corps of Volunteers for NorthWestern Discovery had in getting up out of the river to make an 18 mile portage. some of our group tried to help.

Marv is a wonderful driver, very caring and professional at all times. After lunch at the airport we visited the Charley Russell Museum and his studio.
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