- I love food and unique culinary experiences. Besides, this trip promised we would "paddle to a new culinary port at the end of each day" with afternoon lectures and daily cooking demonstrations on the featured cuisine of the day featuring menus inspired by North Africa, Italy and the Aegean.
- I would be sharing this experience with dear friends Birdie and Doc.
The drive to Fort Benton — our meeting place for this expedition — takes several hours. By early afternoon, I had my first sighting of the Missouri River just north of Fort Benton. Then on to the Grand Union Hotel and brief exploration of the town including one of its historical museums. Fabulous dinner at the hotel ending just as raindrops began falling . . . oh, boy!