February 12, 1805
Lewis discovers that the horses prefer the Mandan feed of cottonwood sticks over the bran meal he had given them. Clark and his hunting party return to Fort Mandan a little after dark.
at night the Horse returned to his stall where his food is what seems to me a scanty allowance of wood. under these circumstances it would seem that their horses could not long exist or at least could not retain their flesh and strength, but the contrary is the fact, this valuable anamall under all those disadvantages is seldom seen meager or unfit for service.
February 12, 1806
Today is another rainy day at Fort Clatsop near present Astoria, Oregon. A Clatsop Indian brings 3 dogs as payment for the elk meat that he and others had taken. The Captains describe the Oregon grape and the dull Oregon grape.
This day was rainey & wet, An Indian came to our fort & staid during last night; this Indian sold one of our Men a Sea otter skin.