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June 17, 1804

The Expedition travels one mile to a better camp site near present Waverly, Missouri. Here, they repair their ropes and cut timber to make 20 new oars. The engagés ask the Captains for more food and instead receive a rebuke.

The Ticks are numerous and large and have been trousom [troublesome] all the way and the Musquetors are beginning to be verry troublesom,
the French higherlins Complain for the want of Provisions, Saying they are accustomed to eat 5 & 6 times a day,
The party is much aflicted with Boils and Several have the Decissentary, which I contribute to to the water

William Clark
Closeup of a tick

June 17, 1805

Clark looks for a route to portage the pirogues and finds two large ravines that must be navigated. He camps at Rainbow Falls. Below present Belt Creek, Lewis builds carts to carry the pirogues, and he attends to the ill Sacagawea.

a fine morning wind as usial Capt. Lewis with the party unloaded the Perogue & he determined to keep the party employed in getting the loading to the Creek about 1 mile over a low hill in my absence on the Portage.

William Clark
Trail on a hill above the Missouri River

June 17, 1806

The Expedition travels from Horsesteak meadow along Hungery Creek. When the trail leaves the creek and climbs up to the Bitterroot divide, they encounter deep snows. They cache the heavier baggage and head back to Hungery Creek.

we proceeded down hungry creek about seven miles passing it twice; we found it difficult and dangerous to pass the creek in consequence of its debth and rapidity; we avoided two other passes of the creek by ascending a very steep rocky and difficult hill.

Meriwether Lewis
raging creek