We will ride about 245 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 5 hours total drive time. Hiking approximately one and a quarter miles at the confluence of the Kansas City & Missouri Rivers.
Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, breads, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
After hotel check out, we will depart for Kaw Point, at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived on June 26, 1804, and camped for three days. In addition to commentary by our Study Leader, there will be a photo op. Our next stop is Nebraska City where the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center focuses on more than 300 discoveries of flora, fauna, and scientific discoveries during the Corps of Discovery’s expedition. Our Study Leader will be on hand to answer questions during your independent exploration. We’ll then depart for Council Bluffs.
En route, we will stop for a buffet lunch with pizza, pasta, salads, and desserts.
Our next stop is Fort Atkinson. On July 30, 1804, Lewis and Clark set up camp on this site that later became Fort Atkinson, the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. Here, at today’s state historical park, the reconstructed log fort is on the site of the first meeting between Lewis and Clark as representatives of the U.S. and western “Indians” — native people of the Otoe Missouria tribe. This “council” established the format for subsequent councils during the expedition, where the principals would give speeches, smoke a pipe, and exchange gifts. Council Bluffs was named for this event. At the conclusion of our field trip, we’ll head to the hotel for check-in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
At a Council Bluffs restaurant, enjoy a meal with entrée, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverage.
After dinner we'll be provided a lecture on the Lewis & Clark journals.