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Willard returns from the Salt Works. He had cut his knee so badly with his tomahawk that he was unable to hunt anymore. He reports that salt makers Gibson and Bratton are sick. Lewis describes the bigleaf maple and vine maple.

Willard arrived late in the evening from the Saltworks, had cut his knee very badly with his tommahawk.
he informed us that Bratton was very unwell, and that Gibson was so sick that he could not set up or walk alone...

Meriwether Lewis

Pipe tomahawk

Fancy handle with a chopping blade on one side and pipe on the other

We had some Snow fell during last night and this morning the weather was clear & pleasant.

Joseph Whitehouse

Netul Landing (Fort Clatsop)

Calm coastal river reflecting a blue sky

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop..

There is a tree common to the Columbia river below the entrance of cataract river which in it's appearance when divested of it's foliage, much resembles the white ash....

William Clark

Bigleaf maple, Acer macrophyllum

Trees with spider-leg trunks completely covered in green moss

Photo ©2005 Walter Siegmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

in the same part of the country there is also another growth which resembles the white maple in it's appearance, only that it is by no means so large

Meriwether Lewis

Vine maple, Acer circinatum

Small brush-high tree with big maple leaves

Photo ©2007 Walter Siegmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.