In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
From Illinois to the Pacific
July 31 - Aug. 17, 201
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Limericks

Each of the 14 times I have made this journey magic happens. I never know exactly when, where, or how, but something will capture everyone and bring us all together. This year it was Limericks. Ted was first and soon it caught on. Many of them refer to jobs they took on or the Indian names they gave themselves, or happenings, so don't fret about the exact meanings. Tom Laidlaw, Historian

Ted's limerick:

 There was a group of Road Scholars
 Who traveled through hills and hollars
  With Lewis and Clark
  From morning to dark
 Burning up their hard-earned dollars.

Jane's limericks:

Our mountain sightings were four
Tom said there'd never been more
  What a fine lucky group
  We are a real troop
As never Tom's had before.

Tom said that we all like copper
Passing out maps you can't stop her
  Now I will ask
  This is your task:
To find someone who can top her.

Group limerick:

There once was a man with a kite
Who decided to put it to flight
  It went up and down
  And then hit the ground
Oh by gosh and by golly what a sight.

Ruth's limerick:

Our fellow Road Scholar is Ted
Our limerick poems he led
  We had such a good time
  Creating rhythm and rhyme
We could not get them out of our head.

Ted's limerick:

Having arrived at journey's end
Congratulations we now send
  From east to the west
  Road Scholars - the best
I'll look for you around the bend.

 

Tom's limerick:

There once was a poet named Ted
Had all these rhymes in his head
  He'd stay up all night
  With his pen he'd write
And wonderful words he said.

Evelyn's limerick:

There was a young lady named Ruth
Who had an ache in her tooth
  She ate lots of junk
  She thought the warnings were bunk
And she ended up in the dentist's booth.

Ruth's response:

Yes, my name is Ruth
Indeed, I did break a tooth
  I fell on the ice
  Which wasn't so nice
And my dentist shouted "FORSOOTH!"

 

Greg's limerick:

Children! Each day to Tom we are harkened
To learn more about Lewis and Clarkend
  Museums, dams, river and portage
  Of historical things there's no shortage
From our minds may they never be darkened.

 

Tom's limerick:

There once was a lady named Gail
Kept our trip log without fail
  With a great big smile
  She told every mile
And made our trip really sail.

Eloise A's limerick:

I once had a roommate named Jane
Who handed out maps as we came
  Down the highway we went
  To the sites we were sent
To honor Lewis and Clark fame.

Bob's limerick:

We traveled through lands sparse and plenty
And marveled at landscapes so many
  Up at dawn and on the bus
  Here's our lunch without a fuss
We could never have made it without Jenny.

Jenny's limericks:

There once was a traveler named Roger
Who normally wasn't a bother
  But locked in his suite
  With no soup, salad, or meat
An inmate, no longer a lodger.

But alas, help did come
Handyman Dave was the one
  Dave freed him at last
  To join the others at the repast
All travelers were quite ready to move on.

Greg's limerick:

Roger was locked in his room
And it was causing him gloom
  A guy came with a key
  To set Roger free
Preventing potential doom.

Eloise P.'s limerick:

There was a young man named Clark
Who teamed up with Lewis on a lark
  They explored many places
  Met lots of new faces
That's why we now visit this park.

Roger's limerick:

Some say Oregon
Some say waregon
  No matter where you are
  If you don't get a star
An award of beads will be forgone.

Jim's contribution:

As this group of vagabonds travel down the road
Looking for the wonders it may hold
When all the sudden Tom says stop here
Then he tells us about what's near
So now we have been told.

Bob's limerick:

Each day Tom plots our route with his mappings
And he hands out beads from his trappings
  Everything is OK
  'Til the mike goes away
But that's how it is when shift happens.

 

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