Jay and Gina's Journal
The first stop today was at the Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, IA. The number of barbecue grills with their legs under water were more evidience of how extensive the flooding of the Missouri River continues to be. The entertainment was climbing on the Keel Boat/Barge IN THE WATER built by Butch Bouvier. Butch filled us with facts about his experience building a total of seven of these boats for different museums, and use in the Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark film. He was in the cabin on a radio. His family actually lived on this boat, complete with a computer, and sailed it up and down the river. He based his construction on a very complete study of the journals, printing out a running diary of all references to the boats in sequential order. I climbed up on the top of the cabin area to get a feel for the balance of the vessel. He described in detail the difference in structure and flexibility of a “brown” water and “blue” water boat.
Next stop was Sgt. Floyd’s Monument overlooking the river.
In appearance itís a small Washington Monument look alike. Floyd was the only member of the expedition to die, probably of appendicitis, which would have killed
him back in civilization also. The speed of the flow of the water was amazing.
Lunch was at the Longline Family Recreation Center, with caters sandwiches. A skit by Tom and fellow passengers portrayed
Clark’s unhappiness at getting only a Second Lieutenant’s rank when he had been promised that he would be a co-captain with
Lewis. Their agreement was not to reveal this little detail to the troops, and
Lewis assured Clark that he would make sure that their compensation was equal. In the end it almost was - short $500.
Spirit Mound, Vermillion, SD
The flowers in the prairie grass were amazingly lovely, and had a delightfully subtle sweet order. I never imagined that the prairie could be that lovely. The climb to the top of Spirit Mound was quite easy and the heat OK. I enjoyed the the sound of the birds and insects as I walked. I wish I could have made a photo of the grasshoppers in flight as the back of the wings that fold under the body/legs were quite colorful in contract to the well camouflaged, dull color of the body.
Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Calumet Bluff, NE
Total shock that the river is impassible from here up. The member of the Corp of Engineers told us that there is little or no commercial traffic above Omaha. therefore they are no locks. There are a total of five dams on this stretch of the river for flood control. this is the smallest of the dams at .5M gal of water contained in the lake. The amount of water being released by the spillways has been backed down from 160K gal/min. to 150K gal/min. For comparison purposes, Niagara Falls released 100K gal/min.
Stop for the night in Yankton, SD noting the livestock market. We were told by fellow travelers that livestock are also sold on web - less trauma for the cattle.
We travelled 223 miles yesterday for a total of 848 miles to date. We walked 3.4 miles for a total of 8.42 mi by fool.