A Bit More on the Three Forks
Greetings, dear readers, from the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in the airport in Orlando, Florida. I'm at a conference without my laptop, but there's a free computer for use by guests at a desk right next to the concierge. I hope no one asks me to help them get tickets to the theater or anything!
Here are a couple more items from the Three Forks area. First is an older interpretive sign located in town. Notice the questionable language, especially when referring to Sacajawea as a "squaw," which was common in an earlier era but would never be used today. This sign also discusses the great misadventure of expedition member John Colter, who had his own run-ins with the Blackfeet and other tribes in the years following the expedition.
Next is one more view of the headwaters area from the intepretive site at the Fort Rock formation. This is the Missouri below the confluence of the Madison and Jefferson, but just before it is joined by the Gallatin. The view is to the southwest (looking upriver).
Finally, I thought readers might enjoy this photo of the Grande Ronde River at the bottom of the Rattlesnake Grade. I'm standing on a bridge over the river. The haziness is the result of summer forest and rangeland fires in the region. This is the river that flows though La Grande, Oregon, where I live, although this particular spot is actually in Washington state. I cross the river here many times a year in my travels between Oregon and various destinations in Idaho, Washington, and Montana.
[All photos by K. Dahl, copyright 2007.]