Lewis and Clark Valley

A little History

Located at the confluence of the scenic Snake and Clearwater rivers approximately 465 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, Lewiston is the most inland seaport on the West Coast. The rivers also are a source of economic and political controversy. The continued decline of steelhead and other native species of fish have some in favor of removing the dams that create cheap electricity and favorable conditions for barge shipping, cruise ships and motorized water sports.

The cities of Lewiston and adjoining Clarkston, Washington, trace their heritage to the 1804-06 expedition of captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark — a journey commissioned by the nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, to seek and chart a new trade route to Asia.  For centuries, the area has been home to the Nez Perce Indians who traveled the valleys and lived off the land and rivers. It was the Nez Perce who welcomed Lewis and Clark in 1805 as they were enroute to discover the Pacific Ocean. In 1806 they also spent more than six weeks with the Nez Perce in the Kamiah area before heading eastward on the Lolo Trail.

Oh my, they even have an unsolved serial killer case from 40 years ago!

Backyard Birding

AKA – The Big Sit approach

My current campsite is so pleasant, I find no reason to leave. One of the highlights is all the birds in my backyard. This is not all of them, but here are a few worthy photos. Included are: White Pelican, Canada geese family, Killdeer, California Quail, Grackles, Osprey, Sparrows, Grackles, Phoebe, and Great Blue Heron. I took all these photos, sitting in my camp chair behind Bob (to be out of the wind). Not pictured are the red winged blackbirds, tree swallows, turkey vultures, robins, mourning dove, and crows.

Full Strawberry Moon

A toast and a quote to all my family and friends on this lovely full Strawberry Moon.

“Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.” — Brenna Yovanoff

The June Full Moon or the last full Moon of spring is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries.  An old European name for this Moon is the Honey Moon or the Mead Moon. It has also been called the Full Rose Moon in Europe. (Mead is a drink created by fermenting honey mixed with water, sometimes with fruits, spices, grains, or hops.)

Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar). For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar

Full Strawberry Moon

Stories from the Past

Petroglyphs

What do you see when you look at the images on this boulder? Objects? Animals? Faces? Perhaps they are messages from ancient teachers, speaking to us about their world and the ways of their people.

“Then, even the rocks knew our names and spoke to us… and we to them” Tribal Elder, Columbia River Plateau.

Lake Billy Chinook

Cove Palisades State Park

The Cove Palisades State Park is a state park located in Jefferson County near the towns of Culver and Madras. A popular location for boating, it is located on the waters and surrounding lands of Lake Billy Chinook, a manmade reservoir created by the Round Butte Dam across the Deschutes River, built in 1964. Lake Billy Chinook’s spectacular scenery and sunny, hot summer weather lie deep in canyons carved by three rivers: the Crooked River, Deschutes River and Metolius River. It was named for Billy Chinook, a Native American of the Wasco tribe who traveled alongside American explorers John C. Frémont and Kit Carson in their expeditions of 1843 and 1844.

Pearsoney Falls

Pearsony Falls is not a tall fall but it is very beautiful trail to get there.  It has a very wide path and it is about only a 1/4 of a mile to get there for the view.  Be careful when you are trying to get pictures, the rocks are very slippery.  If you continue on the path you will reach the top of Mill Creek Falls and a top view of Avenue of the Boulders.  Pearsoney Falls was named for a pair of families who settled in the Prospect area, the Pearsons and the Mooneys.

See my Tips & Tricks page to read about a misadventure.