Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
Portage to the Pacific
 
Sept. 20 - 30, 2006

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Sept. 26, 2006
 Clarkston, WA to Kennewick, WA via Spalding, ID
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What a surprise! when I woke this morning I saw a cruise ship outside my window. Aboard as historian was an old friend, Don Popejoy (right), who has done many of these Elderhostel trips with me. In fact, if you go to Other Trips, you'll find references and pictures of him from 2001 to 2004, when we worked these tours together. He and Charla and I have shared a great friendship through our work with Elderhostel.

(l to r):Tom Laidlaw, Study Leader
Charla Johannes, Group Leader
Don Popejoy

 

We started by backing up to the Nez Perce Historical Park, where we learned about the culture and cultural changes of the Nez Perce Indians. On display is a series of pictures showing the cultural changes that have taken place since Lewis and Clark. This picture is the first contact between the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Nez Perce. William Clark came off the Lolo Pass and discovered 3 young boys on the Weippe Prairie.

Here Harold tries on a headdress. I guess you can tell the headdress is really in a glass case behind him, but it still is a fun illusion.

Later we reversed the return route of Lewis and Cark and visited four approximate locations of campsites.

Most impressive is the silhouette display at Dayton, WA. the campsite of May 2, 1806, pictured below.

The Plucker family started a farm right on the Lewis and Clark route, back in 1875. They have always been aware of it and its significance, so they provide signs to let people know about it. While we were visiting "Plucker Dunes", we were met by part of the Plucker family including the sixth generation, whom we nicknamed "Little Pomp"

And, finally, here's another sketch from Dick Milligan. don't forget, there are more in the Sketchbook

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