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Exploring again

George Schweitzer heads out with the Corps of Discovery to retrace part of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

George at Pompey's Pillar. Wonky hat for sun protection, not fashion statement. Personal photo of George Schweitzer

Every Fourth of July week for 10 of the past 11 years, an intrepid group of travelers convenes to retrace a different leg of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

This modern day "Corps of Discovery," as they were called and as we call ourselves, is a group of friends and associates from around the country and from different professions and interests. It's about 25 people, some couples, both young and old. The Corps of Discovery is as inspirational as it is informational. My wife and I joined this expedition about 5 years ago.

This year we are headed to Montana: Big Timber, Livingston, Big Horn monument, Pompey's Pillar, and other sights. It's self-run, we stay in hotels--it's not camping--and we travel via bus.

To see America from ground level, to walk on the same ground as these brave explorers did, is an exciting experience.

The Corps of Discovery is about finding new things. I am always in awe of the people who settled this country and the incredible odds they faced along the way. And in those days, the new technologies were nothing more than a better compass and some more precise map-making tools--maybe a better form of dugout canoe. Who knows? What was so wonderful about the Corps of Discovery was just that: the pure joy of discovering what was on the other side of the mountain, not knowing whether river, ocean, friend, foe, or more mountains lay ahead. Does our exploration of new technology today have any parallel?

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