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The rain and cold continues, and the men, without shoes or socks, must wear moccasins. Desperate for roofing material, men collect cedar planks from an abandoned Indian lodge. Lewis compares the Gray jay with the Steller's jay.

the men being but thinly dressed, and no Shoes causes us to doe but little—
at 12 the Snow & hail Seased

William Clark

Netul Landing at Fort Clatsop

Lewis and Clark River, high tide, dark and stormy

Photo: November 11, 2008, with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop. Some modern items have been digitally obscured.

some of our party were sent across the River or bay with Canoes, to bring plank. They returned towards evening with the Canoes loaded with plank, which they had got at an Old Indian fishery.

Meriwether Lewis

Clatsop plank house

Longhouse made of cedar planks

Photo taken December 17, 2010, at the Old Fort Stevens Historic Area in Fort Stevens State Park.

this bird is common to this piny country   are also found in the rockey mountains on the waters of the columbia river or woody side of those mountains, appear to frequent the highest sumits of those mountains as far as they are covered with timber.

Meriwether Lewis

Gray jay, Perisoreus canadensis

Gray jay: small gray and white bird perched on  the top of a pine tree

© 2005 Meisenhäher. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

the size & the whole Contour of this bird resembles very much the blue jay or jaybird as they are called in the U' States. like them also they seldom rest in one place long but are in constant motion hoping from spra to spray.

Meriwether Lewis

Steller's jay, Cyanocitta stelleri

Gray jay: shiny blue feathers with black tail and black feathers sticking up from the head to make a crown

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