Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
Portage to the Pacific
 
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Sept. 29, 2006
Astoria, OR to Portland, OR via Fort Clatsop
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Today marks the end of our journey and study of Lewis and Clark. We first visited the Saltworks in Seaside, OR

At Fort Clatsop,  Ranger Ed McBain very graciously raised our flag over the unfinished fort. He presented the flag to us with the words "Your Flag", then raised it. Over the last six years this flag has flown over all the replica L&C Forts, and many other significant sites.


High atop Astoria's Coxcomb Hill is this Indian burial canoe and the Astoria Column, which tells the story of Astoria from the 1792 discovery of the Columbia River by Robert Gray up to Oregon Statehood in 1859

On this last evening we have a closing ceremony, where everyone tells what the trip meant to them. Tonight we had Robert Assink, a professional theatre director, put together a readers theatre production using many thoughts and reflections of the group. It was very moving and very professionally done.
There were two sisters on the trip who sang Irving Berlin's "Sisters", and then parodied it with scenes from the trip. Then everyone gave their impressions of the trip, and the tears began to flow. oe of the best moments was when Gail presented Group Leader Charla Johannes  with a baby blanket she had been crocheting the entire trip. Ever since Charla told us she would shortly be a grandmother.

So ends another wonderful Elderhostel Lewis and Clark traveling trip. Why don't you join us next year?

Tom Laidlaw, Study Leader

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