For Rob and other summer vacation dreamers...
I have been seriously thinking about doing a drift down the upper Missouri in Montana. If there is enough inertia and folks - maybe we manage a good float along the Lewis and Clark route this summer.
This folks from Sunburn Canoe - Minnesota did it in style. Seriously check it out - it has great descriptions, super canoes, and beautiful pictures. http://sanborncanoe.com/collections/...ks-field-guide http://sanborncanoe.com/collections/...ks-field-guide
Our own corps of discovery travelled through the same stretch of river and found the marvels of nature are no less stunning today than when Lewis observed them all that time ago. Every bend of the river revealed a new gallery of wonderful and grotesque creations. Rusty black volcanic spires and white, sandstone cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the water. Weather worn sculptures of creatures from this world and the next, each shaped by the passing of time and given form by your own imagination.
In Montana, you can see close at hand a period in American history without even going to a museum; canoe the Missouri River Breaks and you’ll see it. The shoreline is dotted with abandoned homesteads. Plots of land were once given freely to encourage families to settle the West. People came in search of wealth, adventure or simply a fresh start. Whatever brought them, the homes they built are still standing in testament to that ingrained American spirit: the need to go, to see, to make their own way and build a new life.