After visiting with relatives back East, we hustled back "West." I'm glad - I just don't like to be east of the Mississippi. Too many people!
I'm meeting up with the WIN group in St. Louis, and we are parking at Harrah's Casino. Looks like a fun place!
We all settled into their huge parking lot. We are here to start our summer journey, following the route of explorers Lewis and Clark.
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to lead the Corps of Discovery up the Missouri River to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean.
After spending the winter at Camp River Dubois, the expedition took off May 14, 1804, exactly 206 years before we arrived here.
On Saturday we went to the Camp River Dubois celebration of Departure Day. Since the weather was rainy, it was moved inside the museum. Inside the museum is a 55' full scale replica of the keelboat they used in their journey.
There were many demonstrators of early American crafts. This woman explained how the different colors of yarn were made. Some were dyed with bugs.
Some of the other artisans were coopers making barrels -
A basketmaker -
And a yarn spinner and broom maker.
Two little Yorkies helped the bare-footed spinner. It seems like every spinner I meet has bare feet.
When the rain stopped, the Detachment raised the flag inside the fort outside.