‘Sisters on the Fly’ roll through in vintage trailers

Following the Lewis and Clark Trail, with a long stop in Odell

SISTERS on the Fly enjoy the river in different watercraft than Lewis and Clark employed.

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SISTERS on the Fly enjoy the river in different watercraft than Lewis and Clark employed.

Look for a line of vintage campers in the Gorge June 15 as more than 100 members of Sisters on the Fly, the largest outdoor women’s group in the U.S., visit on a journey of exploration. The members are following the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery trail from May 22 to June 21, with a stop next week at Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell, a press release said.

By way of Great Falls and Lolo, Mont., and Salmon and Lewiston, Idaho, the Sisters of the Fly will stay for three days at the fairgrounds and enjoy the trails, shops and other attractions of the Mid-Columbia. With the journey beginning in St. Louis and ending in Astoria, the 32-night, trip will take the Sister across 2,800-plus miles.

With 13 stops along the way, the expedition participants will hit the majority of important places as they follow the rivers across the land that was part of the Louisiana Purchase. Starting in St. Louis as close to the original departure date of the Corps of Discovery, the sisters will not only enjoy the natural and historical sites, but will have expert guest speakers and presentations by Native Americans around the campfire at night. The organization, started by real life sisters Maurrie Sussman and Becky Clarke over 20 years ago, now has a membership roster of over 8,500. “When Sisters on the Fly began in 1998, we were getting together to camp and fish. It is so amazing that today, almost 20 years later, the community is still together and forming events on such a grand scale,” Sussman said. “It's a testament not just to their sense of adventure, but to the way they come together to make something fabulous happen.” To join the adventure, sign up to be a sister at www.sistersonthefly.com. Membership is $70 a year.

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