June 13 – A very busy day, lefrt
St. Charles of 8:00 a.m. and made our lunch stop at Arrow Rock. This quaint
old town on the Missouri was known by the French of 1804 as Pierre a Flesch.
Rock of the arrows. It is on a limestone bluff with a great deal of flint,
which the local natives used to tip their arrows. Kathy gave us a great talk
about the town, the river, and our particular heroes, She used very
appropriate and evocative readings from the Journals of Lewis and Clark.
Near here their boat was almost swamped, but
saved by the men’s quick action. Clark said: “I
can Say with Confidence that our party is not inferior to any that was ever
on the waters of the Mississippi”
(Moulton 2, 289). They were becoming a
team. And here’s our team snapping pictures of the river below us.
their example we are rotating certain duties to get the feel of how they
operated. Each day, on a rotating basis, one of the sergeants was in charge
of getting the party to return from hunting. This was often done with a
Soundenhorn. Here is our first “Sergeant in the middle of the boat”, Jake
Early, with our Soundenhorn, signaling the end of the tour at Fort Osage.
Madeline & Carter Childs
served as Color Guard today, carrying our own 15 star, 15 stripe flag into
the same areas L&C brought the flag 200 years ago. We also got into more
modern history with a visit to the Truman LIbrary
Natural History by Bob and
Lewis’s example, we are listing bird sightings along the trail. Starting
today, June 13, we have identified 12 species common to the area. Six of
them were spotted along the bluff at Arrow Rock State Historic Site along
the Missouri traveled by Lewis and Clark. Two birds sighted during lunch
break today were a flashy Baltimore Oriole and a tail-bobbing Eastern
After dinner the day was capped
off by Jim “Two Crows” Wallen, and extremely knowledgable and lively
storyteller. His program showed how 19
th century fur trappers
lived and died (mostly died) out in the mountains. He gave each man an item
that a trapper would depend on for life, then showed how the very same items
could contribute to their death. Would you believe that he gave Jake Early a
horn to blow. Magic happens!