Columbia River explorer re-enactors at Wenatchee
Sunday, June 26, 2011
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- A group re-enacting the travel of Columbia River explorer David Thompson is in the Wenatchee area as it paddles from British Columbia to Astoria, Ore.
The Wenatchee World reports the David Thompson Brigade is about a third of the way through its 45-day 1,000-mile river journey that began on June 3. They plan to reach the mouth of the Columbia on July 16.
The 200 paddlers are getting a feel for what it was like when David Thompson canoed the length of the Columbia 200 years ago.
They travel in about a dozen 25-foot long canoes that carry up to 10 paddlers at a time. Supporters follow them on land. They depart Tuesday from Rock Island Hydro Park.