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The Expedition sets out early and travels 14 miles to Bear Den Creek. Charbonneau says they have passed the highest point on the river that any white men have traveled. Clark sees two Grizzly bear fleeing from the sound of Lewis' rifle.

a fine morning, a dog came to us this morning we Suppose him to be left by the Inds. who had their camps near the Lake we passd. yesterday not long Sence

William Clark

Missouri River at Elbowoods, North Dakota

Historic photo looking up the Missouri River

Photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Those lodges or tents are made of a number of dressed buffalow Skins Sowed together with Sinues & deckerated with the tales, & Porcupine quils

William Clark

Assiniboin camp

Historic painting of families living in teepees

Engraving by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.

on these hills many aromatic herbs are seen; the one resembling the camphor in taste and smell, rising to the hight of 2 or 3 feet; the other about the same size, has a long, narrow, smooth, soft leaf of an agreeable smel and flavor; of this last the Atelope is very fond; they feed on it, and perfume the hair of their foreheads and necks with it by rubing against it.

Meriwether Lewis

Silver sagebrush, Artemisia cana subspecies cana

Silver-green sage bush

Photo ©2009 Matt Lavin. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

where the land is level, it is uniformly fertile consisting of a dark loam intermixed with a proportion of fine sand. it is generally covered with a short grass resembling very much the blue grass.—

Meriwether Lewis

Sandberg bluegrass, Poa secunda

Sage steppe hill behind a green grassy level area

Photo ©2009 Matt Lavin. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

one of the party killed a large hooting owl I observed no difference between this burd and those of the same family common to the U' States, except that this appeared to be more booted and more thickly clad with feathers.—

Meriwether Lewis

Great horned owl, Bubo virginianus

Brown and black feathered bird in the brown grass

Mount displayed at the Weippe Discovery Center, Weippe, Idaho.