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Today is another rainy day at Fort Clatsop near present Astoria, Oregon. A Clatsop Indian brings 3 dogs as payment for the elk meat that he and others had taken. The Captains describe the Oregon grape and the dull Oregon grape.

This day was rainey & wet, An Indian came to our fort & staid during last night; this Indian sold one of our Men a Sea otter skin.

Joseph Whitehouse

Fort Clatsop

Front gate of Fort Clatsop on a rainy day

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

There are two species of ever green shrubs which I first met with at the grand rappids of the Columbia and which I have since found in this neighbourhood also; they grow in rich dry ground not far usually from some watercourse.

Meriwether Lewis

Oregon-grape, Berberis aquifolium

Small, serrated leaves and bunches of small green berries

Photo ©2008 Joe Mabel Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

The stem of the 2nd is procumbent abot the size of the former, jointed and unbranched.

William Clark

Dull Oregon-grape, Mahonia nervosa

Dark green serrated leaves

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