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By Dr. Joe Puglia | June 24, 2010
I am drawn to the captains. My relationship with Lewis and Clark began years earlier when I first read their journals. I gained a measure of these men and came to like them as people. I am continuously compelled to walk in their footsteps, so once again I'm headed to Montana. Each passing mile takes us deeper into this adventure. Sitting in the back of the van with 13 college students, I scribble my thoughts on loose pieces of paper, intermittently glancing at the countryside we're passing.
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By Joe Puglia | June 27, 2013
The journals of Captains Lewis and Clark are the most prophetic narrative of American history. Thomas Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis to keep an accounting of all discoveries made on their trek up the Missouri River. Jefferson was a visionary. He taught Lewis to write with the poetry of imagination to insure their journals would be literary masterpieces. On this Montana adventure they are my Bible. We put into the river at Coal Banks landing; the boat crews had methodically loaded the equipment to insure a perfect balance as we shoot the current of the Missouri.
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July 14, 2005
THOUGHTS FROM DR. JOE by Dr. Joe Puglia If you read me last week, you might remember my students and I were heading to Montana 'learnin' about cowboys and Indians, mountain men, Lewis and Clark, and how to survive on the land. If astute, they would also glean a glimpse of that which is within themselves. With 13 outstanding students and my trusted assistants, Dave Dolbee and Captain Brad Green, USMC, we all wanted to know the magic of the Big Sky country. But as we entered Montana's plains, I realized that here was the place.
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By Joe Puglia | July 5, 2007
Part One We're heading to Montana and with the pedal to the metal we are swift as we cut through the Colorado Plateau; each passing mile takes us deeper into this Montana adventure. Sitting in the back of the van with 13 college students and staring into open country I scribble my thoughts on loose pieces of paper; and the white lines of the road that quickly evaporate and then reappear seem to keep time with the rhythms of the highway, the wind and the grinding sounds where rubber meets the road.
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January 3, 2008
Weekly Pastor’s Bible Study Join Dr. Gary Dennis in La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall for the weekly Pastor’s Bible Study with a multimedia, in-depth look at the following Sunday’s sermon scripture from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The church is at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. For more information, call (818) 790-6708.   The Lewis and Clark journey La Cañada United Methodist Church’s senior fellowship presents at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6 the program “Journey on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
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July 7, 2010
We broke camp early and headed south, following the Yellowstone River. Then, taking a quick jaunt through western Wyoming we tacked our ship, pointed it west and followed the Pacific sun. This is my last write chronicling this Montana adventure, a class about Lewis and Clark and surviving on the land. I hoped to report back numerous findings and I had scribbled copious notes — all of which were inadvertently burned while starting a campfire. I told my students that a sense of history does not come solely from knowledge.
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By Joe Puglia | July 3, 2013
Last week I mentioned that I am adventuring in the West for the 31st year, teaching college kids the history of Lewis and Clark and how to survive on the land. I am convinced that survival is the alchemy of skill, brute determination and endurance. We are canoeing the White Cliffs of the Missouri River that Lewis referred to as “Scenes of Visionary Enchantment.” The Missouri River is not conducive for contemplative thought. I can appreciate the lapses in the captains' journals, when they went for days without an entry.
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By Joe Puglia | June 27, 2013
The journals of Captains Lewis and Clark are the most prophetic narrative of American history. Thomas Jefferson ordered Meriwether Lewis to keep an accounting of all discoveries made on their trek up the Missouri River. Jefferson was a visionary. He taught Lewis to write with the poetry of imagination to insure their journals would be literary masterpieces. On this Montana adventure they are my Bible. We put into the river at Coal Banks landing; the boat crews had methodically loaded the equipment to insure a perfect balance as we shoot the current of the Missouri.
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July 7, 2010
We broke camp early and headed south, following the Yellowstone River. Then, taking a quick jaunt through western Wyoming we tacked our ship, pointed it west and followed the Pacific sun. This is my last write chronicling this Montana adventure, a class about Lewis and Clark and surviving on the land. I hoped to report back numerous findings and I had scribbled copious notes — all of which were inadvertently burned while starting a campfire. I told my students that a sense of history does not come solely from knowledge.
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By Joe Puglia | June 30, 2010
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.
FEATURES
January 3, 2008
Weekly Pastor’s Bible Study Join Dr. Gary Dennis in La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall for the weekly Pastor’s Bible Study with a multimedia, in-depth look at the following Sunday’s sermon scripture from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The church is at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. For more information, call (818) 790-6708.   The Lewis and Clark journey La Cañada United Methodist Church’s senior fellowship presents at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6 the program “Journey on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
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By Joe Puglia | November 8, 2007
It was 1990. I was traveling the country, following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, sleeping in wheat fields under the stars, living off the land and learning what I could learn along the way. One crisp October morning, I was sitting in a diner near the Lochsa River (south of Lolo Pass on the border of Idaho and Montana) writing in my journal. The diner was filled with ranchers and cowboys, some reading papers, others talking of the weather and the price of soy. On the walls hung tattered pictures of old soldiers who had served in American’s wars from the first to Vietnam.
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By Joe Puglia | July 6, 2007
Part One We're heading to Montana and with the pedal to the metal we are swift as we cut through the Colorado Plateau; each passing mile takes us deeper into this Montana adventure. Sitting in the back of the van with 13 college students and staring into open country I scribble my thoughts on loose pieces of paper; and the white lines of the road that quickly evaporate and then reappear seem to keep time with the rhythms of the highway, the wind and the grinding sounds where rubber meets the road.
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