In 1804, a small band of men led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on one of the greatest scientific expeditions ever undertaken: to explore and map the American West from St. Louis to the Pacific.
In July, 2012, a group of 26 men and women and 2 children, on a trip organized by the Rice University Alumni Travel Department, traveled to Montana and Idaho with Prof. John Boles, an expert on the Lewis and Clark expedition, to experience and learn about this expedition. We retraced some of the most interesting and challenging parts of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
It began with a two-and-a-half day canoe journey through the heart of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. On other days, we retraced (by private bus) the month-long, 18-mile portage around the Great Falls of the Missouri. We followed the expedition’s route upriver to the famous Gates of the Mountains and traveled along the Jefferson River to Beaverhead Rock, an important expedition landmark. We then trekked up and over Lemhi Pass, which straddles the Continental Divide and rafted down the scenic Salmon River to retrace Clark’s critical reconnaissance route. Finally, we walked or rode horses along the rugged Lolo Trail.
This book is not meant to chronicle either the original expedition of Lewis and Clark or the Rice University alumni trip, but rather attempts to show interesting images I encountered along the way.
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