They were retracing the trail of the American explorers Lewis and Clark. Thirty students and faculty from Eastern Mennonite High School spent the last month delving into the history and arrived back at the high school Tuesday evening.
Two hundred years ago President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark west in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Retracing their path took the E.M.H.S. group to the Oregon coast, and left them richer in knowledge from a hands-on experience.
Rising Junior Joan Bowlen said, "I think I learned a whole lot more than I ever could during school. Like there's just something about being there and talking to all the people on the different issues and everything."
Tim Shenk, a 2003 Graduate of E.M.H.S. said, "We learned so much academically, socially, spriitually, it was just overall an amazing experience."
Regina Wenger, a rising junior said, "(The) high point was probably our three-day canoe trip on the Missouri River. We were out of touch with civilization for three days."
There was a computer network on the bus, so the kids could write about their experiences, and also update the trip's Web site. You can log on at lewisandclark2003