Two Guys and a Canoe

As you know, the part of our trip last week that I was really looking forward to was seeing if the Great Falls were really that great, or just great to two guys and a native woman in a canoe — meaning Lewis and Clark.  I did not finish Undaunted Courage before we left, so, yes, Brent endured Lisa’s Readers Theatre for the entire trip.  I literally read the last page as we drove down the hill to our house.  Brent is a very good sport and took turns reading while I drove.

So here we are at the Great Falls Interpretive Center, which is not their big museum as I thought, but was still very good. (Photo by Colin on Grandpa’s “not best” camera.)  Perhaps you recognize my sweatshirt from our freakishly cold Florida trip this winter.  I look very serious in this picture.  I am sure it is because I am in deep, deep thought about Lewis and Clark and not irritated because Colin has sat on another chocolate covered granola bar and now has a butt covered in snack.  I did not pack enough clothes for snack sittings.

Anyway, the answer is — yes — the Great Falls were a problem.  L&C had been told it would be a two day portage around the falls, but arrived to discover that was not just one falls but five over a 13 mile stretch. Here’s another shot by Colin.  Four of the falls have dams today and the fifth is under water.

Add to this that they weren’t just two guys and a native woman and a canoe, but two guys, a native woman, her baby, her “husband” who won her in a poker game or something, and about 30 other guys and their stuff and their boats. Problem.  It took them a month.  Here’s a shot from a model at the interpretive center of them lugging one of the boats uphill over the cactus and such.

In the end, it turns out I am not a huge fan of Lewis and Clark but of Sacagawea who hauled her new baby across the country with 30 guys and her loser “husband” who won her in a poker game.

I’m going to have to find her interpretive center now.

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