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I've always been into the day-to-day aspect of history, which is why I think these journals have grabbed hold of me. If I could go back in time to participate in any single historical event, it would be this one. I'd love to be able to see the West as it was, and to have every day bring the excitement of discovery.

I might have been inspired in this L&C obsession by my alma mater, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I graduated fom LC in 1986. I took at stab at graduate school that fall at Columbia University, but this former ranch kid wasn't ready for life in New York, or for grad studies. So I took time off from school, and dabbled in politics--both working in campaigns and as a congressional staffer in D.C.--and worked for a major environmental non-profit.

I did end up back in grad school, but on my own coast. I finished a master's degree in international studies (focus on Russian public health policy) at the University of Washington. Along the way, I had the opportunity to write and edit a couple of books for the University of Washington Press, and came out of the experience more interested in pursuing editing than going to Russia and fixing their maternal and child health care system. I'm currently an instructional designer and manager at the University of Washington.

I'm not an historian, but a hobbiest, so keep that in mind as you read these entries. I excerpt what grabs my interest. That's usually anything about animals, descriptions of the terrain and the new plants they discover, and their daily progress. Really exciting stuff didn't happen on a daily basis, so I look for the little things that I think are fun. I hope you agree.


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