Day trip to Great Falls

Trip Start May 29, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2009

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Lincoln Road RV Park, Helena, MY

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

We day tripped in the car to Great Falls today.  Jane drove the entire day and the two of us are still on speaking terms!  We visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.  Even though it's about the third center we have been to, each one has taught us something new.  Lewis and Clark were told by the Native Americans that they would know they were on the Missouri River if they saw the great falls.  There is a dam there now, but the falls are still in front of the dam.  We feel like Lewis and Clark as we were at the falls on the exact date (June 13) that Meriwether Lewis first saw the falls.  We were justt 204 years late.  They were awesome falls.  Lewis and Clark also found an additional four or five cataracts above the great falls.  They had to portage over 18 miles around these falls, and were delayed almost a month.

We alsovisited Giant Springs, also discovered by Lewis and Clark.  The springs flow into the Missouri River via the shortest river in the world, the Roe River.  It is just 8 feet long.

From the Lewis and Clark sites, we switched gears and went to the Charles M. Russell (the cowboy artist) Gallery, Home, and Studio. We did not know that he was born and raised in St. Louis.  There was some beautiful artwork and the studio and house were interesting. It was definitely worth our time.

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