In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
From Illinois to the Pacific
July 31 - Aug. 17, 201
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2353 - Aug 12, Day 13 -  Great Falls, MT to Missoula, MT + 166=2519 ok

The two Rogers onboard

Jay and Gina's Journal

Back to the current world - we passed several Minuet Men III Missile Silos, and a control station.

 The Rocky Mountain front was pushed 30 miles out onto the Plains when the Cascade Mountains  pushed up from the earth’s crust.  The conical shaped peak was a landmark for Lewis on his eastward trip to find the Great Falls on the Missouri again to reconnect with Clark who came up the Yellowstone River.

 We heading to our first crossing of the Continental Divide at 5610 feet in the Helena National Forest. Sad to see so many of the trees dying from the moth and beetle infestations. The naturalist tree huggers don’t want to spray  for protection of the trees, and don’t want to permit either clear cutting or selective cutting which seems to provide protection for the trees from the bugs.

  Lincoln, MT - Unibomber captured here.  Tasted various types of jerky at the local store.  Jay doesn’t like it, so didn’t buy any - settled for Penuche  Nutty Fudge instead.  Mommy made it when I was little.

 Saw some lovely snow topped mountains - they were still all white 3 weeks ago.  Winter was long and Spring late in this area. We’re being made more and more aware of the intricate Indian trails that crossed the country - at no time did L&C need to hack a path.  The trails were well known and easily followed - hence the Indian’s ability to indicate where to go and what to expect.  Of course, the time needed to complete various various connections was skewed by how the person asking the question and the person answering  traveled.  The Indians traveled with few possessions on horseback.  Remember the three moving vans worth of stuff???

 We are following the Blackfoot River which was considered the road between the buffalo and the salmon. Highway 90 is the path. 

 Lovely little stream  behind the motel, and an incredible purple clematis vine by the pool. We watched the sunset from the stream.

 180 miles by bus
2.32 miles by foot

2353 - Aug 12, Day 13 -  Great Falls, MT to Missoula, MT + 166=2519

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