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Lewis leaves early and passes through the Spokane Hills into the Helena valley. Seaman chases geese. Ahead, Clark concludes his search for the Shoshone and returns to the Missouri River to lay in a store of meat for the main party.

Set out early this morning and passed a bad rappid where the river enters the mountain about 1 m. from our camp of last evening the Clifts high and covered with fragments of broken rocks.

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Missouri River sunrise

Sun-lit hill reflecting in the water

the grass near the river is lofty and green that of the hill sides and high open grounds is perfectly dry and appears to be scorched by the heat of the sun.

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Missouri River grass and barren hill

Green grass on the river bank with a barren hill in the background

we encamped in this beatiful valley on the Lard. side the party complain of being much fatiegued with this days travel.

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South Helena Valley

Early morning light on a wide Montana Valley

This morning we passed a bold creek 28 yds. wide which falls in on Stard. side. it has a handsome and an extensive valley. this we called Pryor's Creek after Sergt. Pryor one of our party.

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Spokane Creek

Narrow valley with brown hills and a green bottom

I also saw two fesants today of a dark brown colour much larger than the phesant of the U' States.

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Female blue grouse, Dendragapus obscurus

Female Blue grouse in profile

Photo ©2006 Peter Wallack. Permission via the Creative Commons 3.0 License.