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Ordway and the salt makers return to Fort Clatsop wet and tired from the trip. Clark estimates their stock of salt at 20 gallons, 12 gallons of which will be used on the return trip. Lewis describes the Oregon bobcat, fisher, and fox.

From the journals...

our stock of salt is now about 20 Gallons; 12 gallons of which we secured in 2 small iron bound kegs and laid by for our voyage.

Meriwether Lewis

Two-gallon keg

Small oak keg with black metal bands

Visited this morning by 3 Clatsop who remained with us all day
Sergt. Ordway returned with the party from the salt camp which they have now evacuated. they brought with them the salt and eutensils.

Meriwether Lewis

Sea salt

Large salt crystals on a tin plate

The tyger Cat is found on the borders of the plains and in the woody country lying along the Pacific Ocean.

Meriwether Lewis

Bobcat, Lynx rufus

Head of a bobcat

Photo ©2009 Wayne Dumbleton. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

they are extreemly active strong and prepared for climbing, which they do with great agility, and bound from tree to tree in pursuit of the squirrel or Rackoon their natural and most usual food. their colour is a jut black except a small spot of white on the breast.

Meriwether Lewis

American mink, Neovison vison

Long black furry rodent

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.