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The men prepare to leave Canoe Camp near present Orofino, Idaho. They cache their saddles, a canister of gun powder, and a bag of musket balls. Clark records astronomical observations and all the canoes are ready to put in the water.

had all our Saddles Collected a whole dug and in the night buried them, also a Canister of powder and a bag of Balls at the place the Canoe which Shields made was cut from the body of the tree— The Saddles were buried on the Side of a bend about ½ a mile below—

William Clark

Lead canisters

Large round cylinders made of lead

Furnishings provided by Hog Heaven Muzzle Loaders.

A cool morning wind East for a Short time, which is always a Cool Wind

William Clark

Clearwater River at Canoe Camp

Early morning light on the Clearwater River at Canoe Camp

The open Countrey Commences a fiew miles below

William Clark

berryed the pack Saddles and Some Ammunition &c.

Joseph Whitehouse

Canoe Camp

Dark cliff on far shore, sand bank on near shore of Clearwater River

We got oars and poles ready. towards evening we got the other canoes ready to put in the river.

John Ordway

Canoe Camp

Two Ponderosa pines framing a dugout canoe