I had an adventure of a lifetime.
Following the Path of Lewis and Clark
In summary, the journey was 8,981 miles long from start to finish. I was gone from home for a total of 52 days. I purchased 458.5 gallons of fuel (average of more than 19 mpg). I took over 2,500 photographs. I visited 15 states. I witnessed no vehicle crashes, only saw one semi on it’s side in the median. I was never stopped by any police agencies. I didn’t lose anything along the way. The only problem with my truck was a crack in the windshield that has remained stable.
About 58 years ago, I had a fifth grade teacher that taught me a brief overview of Lewis and Clark and their adventure to the Northwest. My fascination and curiosity about that historic journey continues to this day.
I have always wanted to know more about the “Corps of Discovery” and the places they traveled. I have always wanted to sit on the banks of the Missouri River and try to mentally venture back to their time, the early 1800’s. I have always felt that if I had been available at that time, I would have volunteered to be part of their crew.
Well, now that I am retired, I am determined to travel that path as well as can be done in this modern era. I will not be able to travel by boat up the river or hike over the mountains or even fight the grizzly bears, but I will be able to visit many of the same places they traveled and examine all the monuments and museums along the way.
Leaving April 1, 2013 and take about a month to travel along their path from the Mississippi River to the point that the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean. I will be traveling by pick-up truck with a very flexible itinerary and a determination to share my experiences with all that might be interested, especially elementary school students. This round-trip is expected to be about 6,000 miles and include at least 11 states.
As I travel, I will be compiling a daily blog that can easily be accessed on the internet. I will be including photos, videos, and written dialogue that hopefully will intrigue the interested viewers. Of course, I will be giving the story from a layman point of view and probably not up to the standards of our well-trained teachers, but I hope the teachers can include some of my work in their lessons to the students.
Browse through all of the journal entries from the trip.