The real keel: Pole, pole, pole your boat

As part of last week's frenzied activities, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia hosted a "Boathouse Brunch and Keelboat Demonstration" on Sunday, January 19, in Darden Towe Park.

Volunteers and visitors from all over the country braved freezing temperatures on this blustery day as they tried various tools one might need to build a keelboat like the 55-footer that Lewis and Clark piloted up the Missouri River using sails, poles, and raw human pulling power.

At Darden Towe, teepees, men in raccoon hats, and other "authentic" props got attendees in the right spirit. It wasn't difficult to go back in time and imagine Lewis and Clark's journey.

To find out more information about the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia, call 985-3534 or v