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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Gates of the Mountains
On their way to Great Falls yesterday (for an early morning flight back to Richmond today), Swi, Ann and I took the Gates of the Mountains boat ride on upper Holter Lake and the Missouri River. They loved it. The above scene is the actual gate that Lewis described (not the one you can see from the Interstate and the marina).
He also was apparently an amateur geologist because he gave very detailed descriptions of the various rock formations, their geneses, their places in history and a crash course in plate tectonics.
A Louisianan, I found his folksy accounts fairly well done, but, again, probably more detailed than the average boat-tourist was interested in.
As you can see above and in the running accounts below, it was smoky yesterday. We did the boat ride at 3 p.m. after Swi and I ran 10 miles on the Continental Divide from Flesher Pass. An account and photos are in posts below.
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