Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 2

Aug 03, 2012 View Comments by

Day two began with a visit to William Clark’s gravesite, a place of subtle remembrance for a man who helped open such a huge chapter in this country’s history. It was also a day to visit a first touchstone of the Corps of Discovery’s epic journey as we rode to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and looked upon the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. This was the site of Camp River Dubois, their winter encampment of 1803-1804 from which they began. The museum there gave us a good sense of their preparations. We also visited the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Memorial in St. Louis—yes, that huge aluminum clad icon that stands along the Mississippi. Here too, a wonderful museum about western expansion delights the curious. So our second day was a day of anchoring ourselves to this great adventure and of learning many things.

Of course, not everything we learned was about Lewis and Clark. We also learned some other things:

  •  That 98 degrees is much cooler than 100 degrees, especially when you are ATGATT in the city.
  • That you do not try to fool a curious docent; maybe Jim’s riding pants really are for hunting or working on your knees all day.
  • That when you ask for a good lunch recommendation and you are in turn asked if you like “cheap seafood”, just don’t go there—literally, do not go there.
  • That you should not be disappointed when your first spectacular, up close view of the Arch from down below at riverside, has it perfectly framing a porta-john.
  • That you do not use the term “armor” when explaining to the curious security people at the Arch, after setting off the alarm, just what the strange shapes are at hip level on your riding pants. Apparently, I used one of those unhappy words in the security manual.
  • That adventures like the one we are undertaking are all about learning and laughing, about having experiences large and small, serious and humorous that we will have for a lifetime. I can’t wait.

Tomorrow, after a stop in historic St. Charles, MO, we head west, following the path of Lewis and Clark up the Missouri River.

Text by Jeff Arpin

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