Early start to get to Traveler’s Rest Park on Lolo Creek. Saw a number of buffalo in a field by the side of the road. Seemed weird to see the modern irrigation system operating beside them. The handout showed the Indian trails I mentioned earlier. The site was identified by the latrines, and confirmed when they found melted lead that had been smelted in KY - drip from bullet mold.
Capt. Wm Clark joined us on our coach at this point. This area covered by this part of the road still has most of the animals on it mentioned in the journals. But we didn’t see any - although Capt Clark did see an moose from his higher standing vantage point, facing backwards. Several cars had stopped. We stopped at Lolo Trail at Howard Creek to have a bit of an experience of how it may have felt to walk the trail in this area - the woods were wonderful, but no Ponderosa Pine. Noted that there were 350 pair of moccasins made at Ft. Clatsop over the winter so that they wouldn’t have to waste time making them on the trip home. Whitehouse was a taylor and taught the men how to make hide shirts. On the way home as they begin to pass people heading up the Missouri River, they were trying to procure linen shirts to wear in St, Louis - very warm there for hide shirts.
Interesting discussion about how music and the ability to sing and dance probably kept morale up, as well as providing a basis for making friends with the Indians across communication barriers. I was reminded of singing with Julio in Rome when we first met - “Faniculi, fanicula, joy is everywhere...”
Observed the Lolo Hot Springs where they stopped on the way back to enjoy a hot bath! The Indians with them raced back and forth between the hot springs and the cold creek, finally ending in the hot springs. Saw a Korean sand oil extractor parked on the side of the road - problem with permits to get it up to the Snake River and export to Canada.
White Buffalo were mentioned by the Indians - Mountain Goats. Have they found the iron frame boat in this area? It’s being verified. Lolo Pass 5225 feet, and Pacific time as we go into Idaho. Wm Clark/ Richie Doyle played his recording of wolves howling made at Packer Meadows, where we got off the bus to experience the feel of the location. The sound is really spooky - we wondered how Patty would react to it?
We had a lovely lunch at a lodge in Lochsa in the middle of the gorgeous fir covered mountains. It was a shame to leave them. Our last stop for the day was the Nez Perce National Historical Park. Did Clark have an Indian son?
Our hotel in Lewiston, ID was quite nice and the food excellent. Our presenter was a member of the Nez Perce tribe - an elder and historian, who told us of their oral history. The Spaniards were described as having upside down faces, because of their beards. There are stories of talking animals , who went mute when the Indians started killing them for food, and the traditions matched up with an escape from the floods of the Missoula Lake.
228 miles on the bus for a total of 2747 miles
3.77 miles on foot for a total of 37.79