Harper here! I’m a Newfoundland (Newfie for short) puppy, with a cute pink bandana, and I get to experience a really exciting adventure. I get to travel along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to commemorate my ancestor Seaman, who led the way on this trail for the Corps of Discovery 200 years ago! He was a dog that worked alongside Lewis, Clark, and many others while forging a path to the west.
Newfies are really good swimmers, so I bet he was glad to be traveling along the Missouri River. He could take a dip to cool down whenever he got too hot! I’m looking forward to seeing the water too. I love to explore and learn about geology like mountains, rivers, and waterfalls! Did you know that’s why some dogs like to dig? They are trying to learn about the dirt and soil underneath the grass! I think I’d have gotten along well with Lewis and Clark because they took notes about the landforms the expedition came across on their travels and made maps using those notes. I’ll take notes of my own on this blog, writing about what I see and experience during my travels. Hmm… Maybe I’ll even make a map of my own when I get back home, like they did! I’ll post here as I go, to tell everyone about my journey. It will be a long adventure, and I’m so excited!
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System five special (toy) dogs, the Lewis and Clark Pups, will travel in the paws of their ancestor Seaman, dog of Meriwether Lewis. The pups will travel more than 3,700 miles to complete their mission to commemorate and protect the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. They will be joined by Seaman Jr. who will complete his portion of the mission on the International Space Station.
As they make their stops they will be reporting back in on their adventures. Follow Rocky, Harper, Dakota, Keelieand Seaman Jr. at: https://www.nps.gov/lecl/newfie-news.htm