Part 2: If you read me last week you will note that I am adventuring for the 29th year in the Far West, teaching college kids the history of Lewis and Clark and how to survive on the land.
After all these years I am convinced that survival is the alchemy of skill, brute determination and endurance.
We are on the Upper Missouri River in northern Montana canoeing in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Our 100-mile journey takes us through some of the most wild and remote country in America.
The Missouri River and the land that it waters is a spiritual geography. Words hardly capture the hidden essence of wilderness, or reveal its melancholy, mystery and charm. Experiencing the intensity of a wild moment in the bush, moments later you discover the source of its electricity: the warm remains of a grizzly bear kill or the moist tracks of a wolverine requires that you spend some time on the prairie.