In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
from Illinois to the Pacific
Aug. 8 - 25, 2007

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Great Falls, MT - LaQuinta Hotel

In the manner of Lewis & Clark
We’re proceeding on – this 19th day of August, 2007, - reached the approximate half-way mark – party much fatigued so Study Leader Big Talker Tom Laidlaw and Group Leader Journey Mother Mary Jean declared a 2 night rest in Great Falls, Montana – we can actually sleep late one morning! 

Many party members are logging our journey so no great details here – just a brief note home to those following on computer. Many helpful guides along the way – food plentiful and lodgings comfortable. 

Learning much about Lewis & Clark at interpretation centers, museums, visitor centers, and actually walking in their footsteps as often as possible.  Also many opportunities to purchase mementoes and necessaries in various gift shops and trading posts. 

Walking in the actual footsteps of Lewis & Clark is sometimes strenuous as in the case of Spirit Mound and Pompey’s Pillar – however, well worth the effort as survivors of these hikes posed for photo opportunities with our 15 star and 15 stripe flag atop these landmarks. 

Many crossings and sightings of the Missouri River and others and many reproductions along the way of keelboats and pirogues.

 Party members perform various tasks to earn Big Talker’s rewards – many beads (supply of  blue beads had to be replenished as they are perceived as being more valuable). 

So far trip very rewarding – party healthy and happy – so WE PROCEED ON! 

Traveler/Party Member Margie Bishop

Thanks, Margie - Yes, a lot of folks contribute observations, jokes, poems, songs. For instance at Three Forks, Josh started singing to the tune of "Three Coins in the Fountain.
Three Forks in the river.
How should the expedition go?
Clark said, "I'll take the south fork,"
Lewis said "The north fork I will go."
        Westward ho! Westward Ho!Westward Ho!

Samaria Graham contributes this:
Found on a plaque, "Welcome to the Headwaters"

I've Known Rivers ancient as the world
 and older than the flow of blood in human veins
My soul has grown deep - like the river

by Langston Hughes
 "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" 1926:

Confluence of Sun R. (from the Right) with the Missouri River, right behind our motel.  Sam & Sandra out for a stroll.

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