More on our 2004 Lewis and Clark Heritage Tour

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.


The uncropped color version of my Monochrome Madness entry the other day (see here).

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.


Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment.


Gray Whale skeleton at Cape Disappointment.


William Clark came across whale bones when he visited Cape Disappointment in 1805.

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.


OCTA members tour the replica of Fort Clatsop.


OCTA friends from San Jose guarding the entrance to Fort Clatsop.


A National Park Service ranger with a modern version of Seaman, Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog. Seaman was the only animal who completed the two-year Lewis and Clark expedition.


Tom Laidlaw —  actor, writer and Tour Guide.

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.


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3 Responses to More on our 2004 Lewis and Clark Heritage Tour

  1. disperser says:


    We walked the same paths. I do plan to get back there and take a more leisurely drive.

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    My wife and I had followed the same path as the commentator above. We also plan to come back and spend more time. Coming from Canada the dismal exchange rate is holding us back a little. When we went in 2011/12, the exchange was almost at par. Thanks for another great post on the Lewis and Clark Heritage Tour!

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