Memorializing Sergeant Floyd in Sioux City, Iowa

There are so many incredible accomplishments and “firsts” of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Over 28 months, the group traveled through 8,000 miles of unknown territory by water and by land. Captain Lewis recorded detailed descriptions in his journals of at least 120 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, as well as at least 182 plant … Read moreMemorializing Sergeant Floyd in Sioux City, Iowa

Turning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

Our relatively brief stop in the northeastern corner of Kansas was full of unexpectedly interesting things, and did a lot to change our preconceived ideas about the Sunflower State. This visit included the last African American civil rights landmark we expect to see for some time, and started us thinking about the great western expanse … Read moreTurning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

A Busy Week in St. Louis, Part 2

Our stay in St. Louis was seven days, which is pretty long for us, and it was completely action-packed. As I said in the prior post, the only way to keep my summary from blowing up the blog was to break it up a little. This installment features some history and lots of botanical photos. … Read moreA Busy Week in St. Louis, Part 2

The Mystery of the Confluence

For the first 300 years of European exploration and settlement of North America, water was the main mode of transportation. It therefore makes sense that virtually all the historic cities of North America — from Quebec City, Boston, New York and Philadelphia in the north to Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans in the south — … Read moreThe Mystery of the Confluence

Walking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger

In our quest to see all things Lewis & Clark during 2018, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was a necessary addition to our destination list because it was one of the few pathways to the west that existed when the Corps of Discovery set out. Of course “the west” was anything beyond the Appalachian Mountains, … Read moreWalking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger