Great Falls, Montana, United States - Day 4

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

 June 29 and 30, July 1 and 2

July 2 -
Since we vegged out most of yesterday, we decided that today we would explore Great Falls.

We visited the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.  It is located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River (which is longer than the Mississippi.)  The Center commemorates the Lewis & Clark Expedition's accomplishments across the entire length of the Trail through interactive exhibits and programs.  I completed a project about Lewis & Clark in about 6th grade, but have forgotten the who, what, where, why, and when of almost everything about their expedition...just like I've forgotten most things from yesterday.

Outside the Center, more than 40 species of plants native to north-central Montana were identified and some of the information described how they were used by local Indians - mostly for medicinal purposes.  Art was hoping to find a quick cure for hangover.

Down the road, we went to the Giant Springs State Park, first recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. It is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world, flowing at a measured 156 million gallons of water per day! Here we picnicked by the Missouri River and visited the fish hatchery.  We also got to see the world's shortest river.  The Roe River is only 201 feet long.

We just came back from a final short meeting before we leave Great Falls tomorrow morning.  We were told to keep our mouths shut at customs when crossing into Canada, to only answer what is asked, and not to offer any information.  Oh, God, with Art at the wheel, are we in trouble!  Send bail money via Wells Fargo.
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cmaistros
cmaistros on

border crossings
ok art,
somehow you're gonna have to look innocent
when crossing...Kathleen can teach you the 'look.'
i notice you'll be in banff (my dad & phyllis just loved their trip there)and are you headed to calgary too? i've got a HS friend who has an art studio there.
still dark, cool dreary & rainy, the cavs now have Shaq...tribe in dead last place...send some sunshine!
chris

dagoddess
dagoddess on

Hangover?
Tell Unca Art to whip up a dandilion salad or dandilion wine. Increases the function of the liver, so you don't need to cure the hangover because you prevented it!

Cheers!
Colleen

nocknock
nocknock on

Re: Hangover?
The only time he 'wines' is when he's out of gin.

amandy8965
amandy8965 on

fun fun
i love reading your entries, this travelpod website is the best! u guys really seem like u are having a blast, i am totally jealous of your trip! i wish i was at the mall of america with you, we would have shopped till we dropped! cant wait to read the next one!

kate06460
kate06460 on

I have been enjoying this blog a lot. When I was on motor coach with friends our "leaders" insisted we don't fool around at the border when we went to Niagara Falls. Its serious business...Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.

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