November 9, 1803
Lewis and Clark are within two days of Fort Massac. Near this date, they would need to steer the keelboat around the long islands then called The Three Sisters.
The Three sisters, islands, Channel past the first on the right side, the second on the left side, the third on the right side.
November 9, 1804
The morning brings a hard frost, and the men struggle to complete their cabins across from present Stanton, North Dakota. The Expedition visits with the Mandan and learn that they feed their horses cottonwood sticks each night.
we are Situated in a point of the Missouri North Side in a Cotton wood Timber, this Timber is tall and heavy Containing an imence quantity of water Brickle & Soft food for Horses to winter (as is Said by the Indians)
November 9, 1805
The crew is anxious to get to the Pacific Ocean, but wind and high waves prevent them from passing around the 'dismal' point of land on the west side of Gray's Bay. The Columbia is now too salty to drink, so they must use rain water.
our camp entirely under water dureing the hight of the tide,
The water of the river being too Salt to use we are oblidged to make use of rain water—