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
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