May 21, 1804
At 4 pm, the swivel gun is fired and the Expedition leaves St. Charles in present Missouri state. After 3¼ miles, they encamp on the north shore.
a number of the Inhabitants had assembled to see us set off) we fired our Swivel, from the Bow of our boat; and gave them three Cheers, which they returned; we then proceeded up the River
May 21, 1805
The Expedition tows the boats against the strong Missouri current heading north through present UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge. In the evening, a sudden dust storm forces the Captains to move their shelter from the river sandbar.
the bends of the river are short and suddon, the points covered with some cottonwood, larger willow, or broadleafed willow with an abundance of the wild rose and some small honeysuckle bushes constitute the undergrowth, the redwood is also found in small quantities.
May 21, 1806
The Captains have a bower made from willow poles and grass to keep them and the most important baggage dry. The remaining Indian goods are divided between the men so that they can trade for food.
as our tent was not sufficient to shelter us from the rain we had a lodge constructed of willow poles and grass...
we Set 5 Men at work to build a Canoe for the purpose of takeing fish and passing the river