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Fields bends his rifle when he jumps off the Missouri bank to escape a charging Grizzly bear. At Lower Portage Camp, Charbonneau prepares a meal for the returning men. They haul another canoe to the plain, and then make merry.

The river is about 800 yds. wide opposite to us above these islands, and has a very gentle current    the bottoms are hadsome level and extensive on both sides; the bank on this side is not more than 2 feet above the level of the water; it is a pretty little grove in which our camp is situated.

Meriwether Lewis

Near Upper Portage Camp

Cottonwood and willows crowding the opposite shore of the Missouri River

there is a species of wild rye which is now heading it rises to the hight of 18 or 20 inches, the beard is remarkably fine and soft    it is a very handsome grass

Meriwether Lewis

Foxtail barley, Hordeum jubatum

Close up photo of Foxtail Barley

Photo ©2005 André Karwath. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.

great quantities of mint also are here it resemble the pepper mint very much in taste and appearance.

Meriwether Lewis

Field mint, Mentha arvensis

Plant with green leaves and small purple flowers

Photo ©2005 André Karwath. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.