website is designed to let users travel the Lewis and Clark Trail
through images and text. It emphasizes driving roads on or near the
trail. Users can follow the entire trail from St. Louis, Missouri
to Astoria, Oregon, or select one or more sections along the way.
I drove and photographed the trail over a four period, from August,
2007 to August 2011. I'm still revisiting some sites and finding new
ones I missed on the original excursion. For example, Maya Lin's Confluence
Project in Oregon and Washington are ongoing additions to sites already
documented. I'll add them to this website as I get to photograph them.
Some photos were created on film and in the darkroom before 2007.
Most are digital images. As I spent more time on the trail, I found
this process more convenient and flexible. For example, you can change
ISO settings as light conditions vary. It's also much easier to add
digital images to the website than film generated ones. The quality
of photos varies because I constantly moved along the trail, much
as the Corps did, working with whatever weather Mother Nature handed
me on any particular day. In some cases, when I revisit a site and
the light is better, I reshoot it. Of course there are gaps where
sites are not accessible by auto (Bitteroot Mountains, Idaho) or on
private land. Then private tour companies become necessary, or permission
required from a land owner. I hope this website encourages travelers
to visit Lewis and Clark sites on or near their vacation destinations.
Maybe following the entire trail will become a goal as it did for