The plan for the fort was simple. There was a central courtyard with living quarters flanking both sides. As the diagram shows, the enlisted men lived on the left side and Lewis and Clark and Charbonneau and his Shoshone wife Sacagawea with their baby boy lived on the right side.
Here is the entry gate into the courtyard.
One of the enlisted men's bunkroom
Charbonneau and Sacajawea's room
Lewis and Clark's sleeping room
The Orderly room also may have been where York slept.
Unfortunately, the winter on the south side of the Columbia river did not prove any more pleasant than on the north side. It rained constantly and there was a continuing battle with fleas and other insects. Sickness, ranging from intestinal problems to venereal disease, was a constant threat. The entire party was more than eager to start on their return journey as early in the spring as possible.
And thus ends our journey on the Lewis and Clark trail. It was full of natural beauty, we learned a lot, and we met a marvelous group of fellow Road Scholars. As our ship left Astoria in the early evening of Oct. 10th the sun was setting in a final farewell. The white spot on the picture is a reflection off the dining room window not a flying saucer.
By morning we had docked back in Portland and after our last shipboard breakfast we were on our way to the airport for our flight back to Chicago. If you would like to know more about the trip or Road Scholar in general, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com.