|Our waterfall. The day before, it was flowing over the rock on the left as well.|
|BumperT, who had declared himself to be William Clark, casually informs BumperK that, as Meriwether Lewis, she was only going to live to be 35. He appointed her the primary scribe documenting the Expedition.|
|By now I've been assigned the role of Charbonneau, husband of Sakakawea, close friend of Meriwether Lewis, and experienced water traveler. Due to the latter, I am invited to accompany Clark on an exploration of a major fork in the Missouri River.|
|All forks lead back to the main passageway, and detailed exploration slows down forward progress. FaveSIL didn't bring his boots along, so the only logical role for him was as Thomas Jefferson overseeing the Expedition from afar.|
|As the group senses that they are getting closer to their goal of reaching the Pacific Ocean, members of the Expedition often step away to privately contemplate how this trip has changed them.|
|Success! We have reached the Pacific Ocean and opened a means of travel across this vast nation.|
We know we are at the end because we have reached the barbed wire fence along the property line separating Le Rustique from the grass-fed cattle next to us. And besides that, PapaJ (aka Big Daddy) has managed to portage the boat (aka the UTV) across perilous territory to pick up the crew and continue the overland portion of our tour.
The next morning, BumperT declared that he wanted to recreate the Expedition once again, because during the night he had remembered other important milestones he could teach us about. And more importantly, he wanted to see if we could find the opposite side of the big deer shed we found the day before (a side story for another blog.)
A smaller crew repeated the fun, but the return trip didn't go so well. Clark brought back a little more of the river this time, and we lost a member of the Expedition to a minor meltdown because we inadvertently laughed when she, too, filled her boots. Ah, the perils of the Corps of Discovery.
And I'm linking up to Rural Thursday #14
It's a great place to read a lot of other rural stories and see some great rural photos.