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Camp is established near present Washougal, Washington in order to explore and hunt. Pryor explores the Sandy River, and Clark learns from visiting Indians that they passed the mouth of the Willamette River without seeing it.

I went up Quick Sand River about 4 Miles. [The river] is 350 Yards wide & only 50 Yards of Water the remainder being entirely a Quick Sand.

Joseph Whitehouse

Sandy River

Shallow river with a large sandbar

above falls or through the plains from thence to the Chopunnish there are no deer Antelope nor Elk

Meriwether Lewis

We purchased a Canoe from an Indian today for Six fathoms of white wampom...

William Clark

Plateau wampum breastplate

Indian necklace made from small white shells called wanapum

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 2211.

they informed us that the quicksand river which we have heretofore deemed so considerable, only extendes through the Western mountains as far as the S. Western side of mount hood where it takes it's source. this mountain bears E from this place and is distant about 40 miles

Meriwether Lewis

Mt. Hood

Sharp, snow-clad peak rising above the hor

I purchased a canoe from an Indian today for which I gave him six fathoms of wampum beads;
he seemed satisfyed with his bargain and departed in another canoe but shortly after returned and canceled the bargain; took his canoe and returned the beads.
this is frequently the case in their method of traiding and is deemed fair by them.

Meriwether Lewis

Columbia near Quicksand R.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Slender toothwort, Cardamine nuttallii

Bloom with four purple veined petals

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