We love paddling. From rowing our dinghy Fever in the Bahamas to kayaking in our inflatable, Pirogue Bleue, we’ve paddled a lot. We’ve even paddled against the current of the Missouri River… for about ten minutes. We got tired of it quickly.
The Corps of Discovery rowed upstream almost the whole length of the Missouri. Those 35 men, led by Lewis and Clark, certainly have my respect. Our little discovery group, Duwan and Greg in Ballena Blanca, visited some of the places they explored.
We are big Lewis and Clark fans. Their spirit of exploration was even included in our wedding ceremony. But this post isn’t any kind of complete summarization of their trip. Just some pictures from a few of their stops. Much has been written about their expedition, and all the characters who participated, including another dozen contract boatmen, guide Sacagawea, Clark’s slave, York, and Seaman, the Newfoundland dog. I’d encourage you to read about them.
They traveled from 1804-06. And their mission was to observe and report. I like to imagine the west they experienced. It would change so dramatically. In just a short century the buffalo would be gone, the passenger pigeon would be extinct, railroads would crisscross the continent, and the indigenous peoples would be confined to reservations.