January 24, 1805
The supply of charcoal at Fort Mandan runs out, and 5 men are employed cutting wood to make more. Clark reports that the interpreters appear to understand each other better.
colder this morning than it has ben for Several days past. in the afternoon five men employed cutting coal wood as our coal was jest Gone.
January 24, 1806
Drouillard and LePage barter with Indians to help them bring in the spoils of their hunt. They are impressed by Lewis's air rifle and are allowed to spend the cold and snowy night inside the fort. (Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon)
the most valuable of their roots is foreign to this neighbourhood
I mean the Wappetoe, or the bulb of the Sagitifolia or common arrow head, which grows in great abundance in the marshey grounds of that beatifull and firtile valley on the Columbia commencing just above the entrance of Quicksand River, and extending downwards for about 70 Miles.
this bulb forms a principal article of traffic between the inhabitants of the valley and those of this neighbourhood or sea coast.