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Sept. 20, Day 15, Lewiston, ID to The Dalles, OR
The L&C campsite of May 2, 1806 is recreated in iron silhouettes at Dayton, WA


The confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, where L&C camped Oct. 16-18, 1805


At Maryhill Museum near Biggs, OR we viewed these dolls created to revive Paris fashion after WWII.


Orientation at the Gorge Discovery Center in the Dalles, OR


Displays at the Gorge Discovery Center.

Amy's Journal

Day 15, Sunday, September 20, 2009, Lewiston ID -- The Dalles, OR- 288 miles, 2897 total.
We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the Red Lion Inn. Then, proceeded on the road to Sacagawea State Park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. On the way, Tom described the high rock formations beside Highway route 12 as basalt or hardened lava. It can take many shapes such as the Devils Tower in Wyoming. At Dayton, WA we stopped for a photo op of Lewis and Clark's campsite of May 2, 1806 the local historians have made steel silhouettes of each L&C. crew member including Sacagawea and Pomp. We drove on and stopped for a picnic lunch as planned at 11:30. It was a beautiful sunny day. 

Tom reenacted Peter Skene Ogden, who was a fur trader born in Québec and moved to Montréal. He started with the American Fur Company owned by John Jacob Astor, but he would eventually work for the other companies Northwest Company and Hudson's Bay Company. In 1818 the Northwest company bought out the American fur Company so Peter was sent to Vancouver and trapped every beaver out of the snake River country said the Americans would not come in. 

Tom pointed out there are pumps in the Columbia River to irrigate nearby farms on the bluff.

At 12:45 we spotted Boat and Hat Rocks. On our way to Maryhill we drove by a raging car fire Firefighters were there but they did not stop us. Marv drove us safely by and we arrived at Maryhill Museum of Art, built by Sam Hill for his wife Mary. It holds a wide range of art including Native American art, chess sets, Rodin sculptures, paintings, furniture, and fashion. Sam Hill also built a Stonehenge-like monument in memory of the human sacrifices of World War I. At 2:50 PM we spotted Mount Hood through a mist. 

Tom said Celilo Falls has always been a great fishing area for the Indians. Tom read from Clark's journal he described how the Indians pounded salmon and put it into baskets. The Dalles was the great mart of the Columbia. The name of The Dalles comes from the French meaning paving stones. Grace read us some facts of the Dalles. The Enron relationship caused many layoffs here. Portland is 83 miles away. We reached the Shiloh Inn and left for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center very informative Museum in the Dalles. We had a delicious buffet.

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2609 + Lewiston, ID to The Dalles, OR  288 = 2897

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