In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
From Illinois to the Pacific
July 27 - Aug. 13, 2014




625. Day 5, July 31 - Council Bluffs, IA to Yankton, SD + 223 = 848

We usually get a ride on this wonderful replica keelboat, but some bureaucrat ordered it out of the water, so we visited the great museum of boats built by Butch Bouvier (Mr. Keelboat). He gave us a very interesting and informative story about the Lewis and Clark boats, and his replica construction. He has built similar replicas for many museums around the country.


Butch and a Bull Boat


The Red Pirogue


Butch has made the most complete model of Lewis' Experiment, a collapsible iron frame to be fleshed out with local wood and hides, and then covered with pitchcovered with  Unfortunately for Lewis there were no pine trees at the Great Falls.


On August 20, 1804 Sgt. Charles Floyd died of  acute appendicitis, and was buried with full military honors. This was the only fatality of the expedition's members. His monument and a forensic model in the visitor's center pictured below.


At lunch we had a little skit where Clark reacts to his commission. He was promised a captaincy, but only got Second Lieutenant. Lewis talks him into going along and keeping it a secret from the men. I dress him up in a uniform coat and one of my big hats, similar to the hats on the animatronic L&C from the Floyd Funeral display at the Interpretive Center. And would you believe this actors name. You guessed it, Bill Clark. How could I not.


On August 25 Lewis and Clark climbed this hill that Indians feared was inhabited by a race of people who would all who approached it. So, of course, we climb the same hill to be "in their footsteps."


Dinner at Valiant Vineyards in Vermillion, SD.