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Almanac - Monday, August 15, 2005

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Today in NPS History On August 15, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, leading an expedition through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, arrived at the mouth of a stream he called the Bright Angel.  Powell's expedition was the first scientific exploration of what is now Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
In Memoriam No entries for today. This Day in the Lewis and Clark Expedition Entries for today and the past two days, all from Lewis' journal: August 13, 1805 - "Continued our route…fortunate to meet…three female savages…informed them…I wished them to conduct us to their camp…we met a party of 60 warriors…chief …spoke to the women…advanced and embraced me…had the pipe lit and gave them smoke…informed the chief that the object of our visit was a friendly one…" August 14, 1805 - "In order to give Capt. Clark time to reach the forks of Jefferson"s river I concluded to spend this day at the Shoshone Camp and obtain what information I could with rispect to the country…The means I had of communicating with these people was by way of Drewyer who understood perfectly the common language of jesticulation…" August 15, 1805 - "I hurried the departure of the Indians…they seemed…reluctant to accompany me…some…among them had suggested…we were in league with the Pahkees…I told Cameahwait that I was sorry to find that they had put so little confidence in us…among whitemen it was considered disgracefull to…entrap an enimy by falsehood…" This Day in the Morning Report This story from Everglades NP appeared in the Morning Report on this date in 1995…. On August 7th, four Navy SEALs embarked on a cross-country trip through the park, launching two kayaks from Pa-Hay-Okee overlook along the main park road.  The SEALs, who were engaged in a non-military orientation exercise, intended to travel across the flooded sawgrass prairies of Shark Slough for two days, then connect with a coastal river at its headwaters and follow deeper salt water rivers back to Flamingo.  By 1 p.m. the following afternoon, the team was suffering from heat exposure, caused by high temperatures and humidity and a high solar radiation factor, and was also finding travel via kayak difficult in this terrain.  Rangers Ben Morgan and John Anthony responded to their radio call for aid by traveling to the area in separate airboats, rendering assistance, and guiding the SEALs to the main park road.  GPS instruments used by the SEALs and the responding rangers helped the rangers find them.  Airboat rescues are not common in the Everglades due to the fact that private use of airboats is prohibited in most areas of park.  Few visitors attempt to cross this remote wilderness by other means. Credits Park history - Park Dates (http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/hisnps/NPSHistory/parkdate.htm)In Memoriam - Jeff Ohlfs, Joshua Tree NP.Lewis and Clark history - Dick Prestholdt, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.Morning Report history - MR archives (http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/archives.cfm)



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