I was an active member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) for 20 years and attended many of their annual conventions during that time, including the 2004 convention that was held in Vancouver, Washington. My entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week (see here) was a photo from our Lewis and Clark Heritage bus Tour during that convention. Here are some more photos from that tour.
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After visiting Cape Disappointment on the north (Washington) side of the Columbia River, Lewis and Clark decided to build their fort on the south (Oregon) side. They stayed at Fort Clatsop for four months before returning across the country. The National Park Service maintains a replica of the fort where the original fort once stood.
Tom Laidlaw, actor and writer, was one of our Tour Guides. Tom often portrays William Cannon, an American blacksmith who helped build Fort Vancouver, the British trading post. Tom served as webmaster for the OCTA Northwest Chapter website for many years. He also has led every year for the last 16 years a Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) 18-day trip following the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Missouri to Oregon.
We went on another bus tour during the convention. I’ll show some photos of that tour in my next posting.