Why did Lewis & Clark's intrepid explorers get naked? Where did they camp or did they? What did the names Labiche, Quicksand, Cataract and New Timbered have in common? And how were menus in 1804-06 different from what visitors to the Columbia Gorge can expect now?
Lewis & Clark fans can get answers to these questions, and more, at a new web site developed for the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association (www.crgva.org/). Click on the peace medal in the graphic for "Lewis & Clark in the Columbia River Gorge" on the home page.
The site is designed to provide visitors and residents a mix of information and pointers to help them structure Gorge tours and itineraries during the 2004-06 Bicentennial of the original Corps of Discovery.
The site focuses on sites and resources in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington, and Multnomah, Hood and Wasco counties in Oregon.
"It's a simple, fun site for people interested in visiting the dramatic Columbia River Gorge, the most in-demand destination along the Lewis & Clark trail," says Phyllis Thiemann, president of the CRGVA. Thiemann urges Gorge businesses to link to the new site as well. "Everyone is welcome to direct their customers to this great resource."
Interactive maps let visitors dive into brief descriptions of what Lewis & Clark did at 25 different Columbia Gorge sites. Those sites range from Lepage Park at the John Day River on the east, to the Sandy River in Multnomah County, Ore., and Cottonwood Park in Clark County on the west.
Visitors looking for help with trip planning also can select from four different "Self-Guided Expeditions."
Other sections of the web site provide links to Chambers of Commerce and visitor centers in the counties served by the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association, plus a host of large museums and small, all with collections devoted at least in part to information about the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Because relations with the resident American Indians contributed so strongly to the success of the Expedition, the CRGVA site provides information about cultural resources on the Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs reservations.
A Calendar of Events will be updated regularly, providing the latest information for short- and long-range trip planning.
The web site was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Forest Service and with support of the CRGVA and Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.