On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
At Fort Rock Camp, men are sent out to hunt or gather pine pitch to plug the leaky canoes. Two chiefs and 15 warriors cross the river to visit and share food. Clark enjoys fresh salmon cooked in bear oil. The fleas are bothersome.
From the journals...
Saturday October 26th
We unloaded our Canoes, shaved their bottoms clean, payed them over with Pitch. We also put the loading that had got wet, in the Canoe Yesterday Out in order to dry.
Dugout built by Hog Heaven Muzzleloaders and maintained by Sacajawea State Park (Washington).
Saturday 26th Oct. 1805.
we lay campd. on the clift or pt. of rocks for Safety. 2 Sentinels to guard us.
October 26th Saturday 1805
maney of our Stores entirely Spoiled by being repeetedly wet
October 26th 1805 Saturday
Saw great numbers of white Crains flying in Different directions verry high.
Whooping crane, Grus americana
Photo by U.S. Government.