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The Expedition crosses Grays Bay near the mouth of the Columbia River, where high waves force them to stop. Several of the men are seasick. The tides raise and lower the logs on which their baggage is stored—a dangerous situation.

at 3 miles entered a nitch of about 6 miles wide and 5 miles deep with Several Creeks makeing into the Stard Hills, this nitch we found verry Shallow water and Call it the Shallow nitch

William Clark

Grays Bay on the Columbia River

Another dark and stormy day at a large shallow bay in the Columbia River

we are all wet and disagreeable, as we have been Continually for Severl. days past,
The Seas roled and tossed the Canoes in Such a manner this evening that Several of our party were Sea Sick.

William Clark

Columbia River

A wave rolling medium-sized logs into rocks

our present Situation a verry disagreeable one in as much; as we have not leavel land Sufficient for an encampment and for our baggage to lie Cleare of the tide, the High hills jutting in So Close and Steep that we cannot retreat back, and the water of the river too Salt to be used, added to this the waves are increasing to Such a hight that we cannot move from this place, in this Situation we are compelled to form our Camp between the hite of the Ebb and flood tides, and rase our baggage on logs—

William Clark

Grays Bay on the Columbia River

A dark and stormy day at a large shallow bay in the Columbia River