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While sailing up the Missouri, a canoe turns wrong and fills with water causing a three-hour delay. The rising river is full of driftwood. They make 15 miles camping about five miles southwest of present Frazer, Montana.

From the journals...

the country we passed today on the North side of the river is one of the most beautifull plains we have yet seen, it rises gradually from the river bottom to the hight of 50 or 60 feet, then becoming level as a bowling green. extends back as far as the eye can reach;

Meriwether Lewis

Plains near the Milk River

Level plains above the Milk River

we continue to see a great number of bald Eagles, I presume they must feed on the carcases of dead anamals, for I see no fishing hawks to supply them with their favorite food.

Meriwether Lewis

Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald eagle in flight over blue water

Photo ©2006 Carl Chapman. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

we Sailed verry fast untill about 12 o.C. one of the canoes filled with water, but we got it Safe to Shore, and halted for the wind to abate at a bottom on s. s. Some men went out to hunt.

John Ordway

Dugout canoe

Dugout canoe filled with water