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Two canoes are put into the river and they find one of them is leaky. The horses are collected and branded so they can be left with the Nez Perce. The diet of dried fish and roots continues to affect the men poorly.

towards evening we put two of the canoes which was finished in to the water.—

John Ordway

Leaky dugout canoe

Two men handling a small dugout canoe

Photo taken with the cooperation of Sacajawea State Park (Washington state) and the Pacific Northwest Living Historians).

had all our horses 38 in number Collected and branded

William Clark

towards evening we put two of the canoes which was finished in to the water.—

John Ordway

Branding iron

Branding iron in fire ring

Nothing to eate except dried fish & roots. Capt Lewis & myself eate a Supper of roots boiled, which Swelled us in Such a manner that we were Scercely able to breath for Several hours

William Clark

Traditional roots

Small collection of roots collected in spring

our hunters with every diligence Could kill nothing. The hills high and ruged and woods too dry to hunt the deer which is the only game in our neighbourhood.

William Clark

Clearwater River canyon

Steep, dry, barren hills above Clearwater River