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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The crew is anxious to get to the Pacific Ocean, but wind and high waves prevent them from passing around the 'dismal' point of land on the west side of Gray's Bay. The Columbia is now too salty to drink, so they must use rain water.

From the journals...

our camp entirely under water dureing the hight of the tide,
The water of the river being too Salt to use we are oblidged to make use of rain water—

William Clark

Grays Bay on the Columbia River

Sunset on a shallow bay on a stormy day

at this dismal point we must Spend another night as the wind & waves are too high to proceed.

William Clark

Grays Bay on the Columbia River

A dark and stormy day at a large shallow bay in the Columbia River. The shoreline looks so wet that if you stepped on it you might sink up to your neck in water