We will ride about 180 miles on the motorcoach today, approximately 3.5 hours total drive time. Hiking one and a quarter miles at Spirit Mound.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers eggs, including hard boiled eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, muffins, bagels, breads, cold cereal, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll check out of the hotel and be off for our first field trip of the day to Lewis and Clark State Park. Lewis and Clark led their expedition of 26 men and supplies up the Missouri River from St. Louis by keelboat to this site on the shores of Blue Lake, an ox-bow formed by the Missouri River. The park’s most distinctive feature is a full-size reproduction of their keelboat, “Best Friend,” that we’ll learn about from a staff member. We’ll continue from the park to Sioux City.
At the Sioux City Library, we’ll enjoy sandwiches with fruit, chips, cookies, water.
We’ll then go for an expert-led walk through the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to learn about the leg of the expedition that traversed this region with a focus on the story of Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr., the only member of the Corps to die on the journey and the first U.S. soldier to die west of the Mississippi River. Today, a 100-foot obelisk marks Sergeant Floyd’s final resting place. We’ll continue our journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail towards Yankton, South Dakota, with a stop at Spirit Mound. Local tribes believed that tiny spirits or demons, armed with arrows, inhabited this prairie hill. Lewis and Clark set off on foot to investigate the story on Aug. 25, 1804, hiking for four hours in sweltering heat. They didn't find demons, but they did discover a fantastic view and a herd of 800 bison. We’ll explore on foot with our Study Leader. Moving on to Yankton, we’ll check in to our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
In the hotel banquet hall, dinner will include salad, an entrée, side dishes, dessert and coffee, tea, water options.