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READ THE ORIGINAL JOURNALS USING THIS DAY BY DAY CALENDAR FEATURING HELPFUL COMMENTARY BY RENOWNED LEWIS & CLARK HISTORIAN GARY E. MOULTON. Dr. Moulton's edition—the most accurate and inclusive edition ever published—is one of the major scholarly achievements of the late twentieth century. Read Rick's paraphrase (timeline) of the journals below.

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"The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it's course & communication with the water of the Pacific ocean may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce."

Thomas Jefferson (June 20, 1803)

Select Photos from Rick's American Cruise Lines Itinerary (Astorian, WA to Clarkston, WA)

Dr. Rick Chromey
Rick and friends on the Jazz.


Dr. Rick Chromey is an historian, author and educator. He's worked as the Guest Speaker/Historian for American Cruise Line's Columbia and Snake Rivers since 2022. Lewis and Clark is his expertise, but he also handles Oregon Trail, indigenous and Pacific Northwest history.

As a five-generation Montanan, Rick has a deep love for the West...and the tales of the people who made this land their home. He has lived most of his adult life in Idaho and Washington, and has traveled nearly every road in the United States. As he likes to say it, "He's been everywhere, man!" But the Northwest is his home and he knows the grand history, culture and beauty that makes it truly "great." As a story-teller, Rick doesn't merely lecture on history as much as make you feel you're living it.

As a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation--a group of people from across America dedicated to serve as "keepers of the Story" and "stewards of the Trail"--Rick helps lead the Boise chapter and contributes his blue-ribbon photography to the Foundation's efforts. He also serves on the Star (ID) Historical Committee to record, retain and restore the history of the town where he lives.

Originally trained as a pastor and theologian, Rick earned his doctorate in leadership from George Fox University. He's penned over a dozen books on history, leadership, communication and education. In 2020 Rick authored GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are. For over four decades he has inspired and trained audiences all over the world, most recently through his faith-based nonprofit educational services work.

Rick lives with his wife Linda in Star, Idaho. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren, plus a fat, ornery cat named "Belle" and a handsome dog called "Charlie" (in honor of the Montana cowboy artist Charles M. Russell).


April 3-10: The American Song (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA)

April 10-17: The American Song (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 

April 17-24: The American Song (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA) 


May 3-10: The American Harmony (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 

May 10-17: The American Harmony (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA)

May 17-24: The American Harmony (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 


June 26-July 3: The American Jazz (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 

July 3-10: The American Jazz (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA)

July 10-17: The American Jazz (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 


Aug 17-24: The American Jazz (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA) 

Aug 24-31: The American Jazz (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 

Aug 31-Sept 7: The American Jazz (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA) 


Sept 16-23: The American Pride (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA) 

Sept 23-30: The American Pride (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR)


Oct 5-12: The American Jazz (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR) 

Oct 12-19: The American Jazz (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA) 

Oct 19-26: The American Jazz (Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR)

The Crew Gets Photographed at St. Helens
The Crew of the West Welcome Aboard.Hood River
The Senior Crew of the Jazz.Last Cruise.John Day Lock.10.18.2023