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June 25, 1804

After waiting for the fog to clear, the Expedition heads up the Missouri River at 8 am. They pass coal banks and prairies where deer feed on crab apples. They camp on an island near present Sugar Creek, Missouri.

a Prarie is Situated on the S. S. a Short Distance from the river, which contains great quantities of wild apples of the Size of the Common apple, the French Say is well flavered when ripe, which is the time the leaves begin to fall

William Clark
Botanical drawing of a wild crab apple

June 25, 1805

Fields bends his rifle when he jumps off the Missouri bank to escape a charging Grizzly bear. At Lower Portage Camp, Charbonneau prepares a meal for the returning men. They haul another canoe to the plain, and then make merry.

The river is about 800 yds. wide opposite to us above these islands, and has a very gentle current    the bottoms are hadsome level and extensive on both sides; the bank on this side is not more than 2 feet above the level of the water; it is a pretty little grove in which our camp is situated.

Meriwether Lewis
Cottonwood and willows crowding the opposite shore of the Missouri River

June 25, 1806

The Expedition and Nez Perce guides leave Salmon Trout Camp early in the morning. They travel along the timber-crossed Lolo trail to Hungery Creek. In the evening, Clark gives a buffalo robe to an Indian guide lacking warm clothing.

after dinner we continued our rout to hungary Creek and encamped about one and a half miles below our encampment of the 16th inst.— the indians continued with us and I beleive are disposed to be faithfull to their engagement. I gave the sik indian a buffaloe robe he having no other covering except his mockersons and a dressed Elkskin without the hair.

Meriwether Lewis
Clear mountain creek turning against a rock cliff