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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lewis and Clark Camp Recreation

We stayed in Lewis and Clark Trail Campground in Washington, a state campground which was, well...very old and worn out, at least by the standard set by most State Park campgrounds. I had pictures of the restrooms which looked pretty much like they did when built back in the 50's. I decided to not include them as who wants to look the men's urinals hanging on a paint peeled bulkhead of a leftover WW2 naval battleship? That's how they looked. So here is a scene from the nature trail the park had instead.
 Anyway, I had fun joking about this campground looking much like how Lewis and Clark left it. The campground host was a friendly scruffy looking old guy who enjoyed tooling around in his golf cart and stopped by to visit us a couple times. When he found which way we were heading, he said we just had to go see this which was only a couple miles off the highway.
These are metal life-sized silhouettes of every individual who was part of the Corps of Discovery placed in the very spot they encamped on May 2, 1806. Now we thought this was way cool and very grateful that the campground host told us about it. Below is the bronze plaque with each individual listed and accounted for including what their rank and particular trade or skill was. Sacagawea is #24 and positioned next to the long metal piece at the far right.
Scruffy told us that the local funeral parlor owner pretty much was the sole individual behind this project.

Try as I might, I just couldn't really picture the encampment as if with smoke rising from campfires, people moving about, the horses grazing in the meadow. Oh how I wanted to just get it in my head this is it. This is where they were 205 years ago.


  1. a rather cool undertaking, for sure! wonder how much maintenance has to be done to keep it in shape (probably more than your urinals...)

  2. Well, it is interesting to see at the very least....

  3. hmmmmm. this is interesting and must have been a huge undertaking to see the project through completion. he must have been a true history buff. it's a beautiful setting. and yes, it's a bit hard to imagine what it must have been like so many years ago. I try to begin with the senses and go from there. for instance, how might it have smelled? what sounds would there have been? what would they have been eating and how would it taste? you get the picture. it's made me wonder, so thanks for that.
    happy day to you John.

  4. So could you get right up next to them, or did you just have to stand back and observe it? Maybe you could create an audio link with (what was it called?) smellarama/odorama.

  5. Playing catchup John after a busy few day's and then I read this post..Wow! what a great memorial and obviously not promoted enough.
    Good job Scruffy told you about it or we would all be ignorant.

    I have been on Wiki reading about Lewis and Clark and although their achievements have only been recognised after they where long gone. It's a great part of your nations history and nice to see them getting all the plaudits they deserve.

  6. I share your fascination with the Corps of Discovery. I read Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose (1996, Simon & Schuster) and highly recommend it.


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