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At Tongue Point, the men dress leather to make new clothes. Sacagawea gives Clark wet bread made from flour. The hunters see elk but are unable to shoot any. Lewis explores the southern shore in search of a location to build a winter fort.

they...informed me that the wood was so thick and obstructed by marrasses & lakes that they were unable to proceed to the ocean which could not be at any considerable distance from the apparent sound of the waves breaking on the Coast.

Meriwether Lewis

Beard's Hollow

Thick, lichen-covered branches reflecting in a marshy pond

I derect that in future that the party mix the pounded fish with fresh water—
my hunters killed three Hawks, which we found fat and delicious, they Saw 3 Elk

William Clark

Elk, Cervus canadensis roosevelti

Large elk eating in a field

the country to the S. E. appears to be low for a great distance and is marshey and untimbered for three miles back...

Meriwether Lewis

Youngs River

Large tidal river and large tidal meadows in front of forested hills

saw a great abundance of fowls, brant, large geese, white brant sandhill Cranes, common blue crains, cormarants, haulks, ravens, crows, gulls and a great variety of ducks, the canvas back, duckinmallard, black and white diver, brown duck—&c &c—

Meriwether Lewis

Male and female Mallard ducks, Anas platyrhynchos

Two ducks in the water

The hills on this Coast rise high and are thickly covered with lofty pine maney of which are 10 & 12 feet through and more than 200 feet high. hills have a Steep assent.

William Clark

Clatsop Range

Sun break on low forested hills on a stormy day

I walked on the point and observed rose bushes different Species of pine, a Spcies of ash, alder, a Species of wild Crab Loral and Several Species of under groth Common to this lower part of the Columbia river—

William Clark

Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum

Low bush with a large, purple and white bloom

Photo ©2008 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.