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After spending the morning gathering lost horses, the Corps sets out across the plain with large sage brush and sand dunes. After 14 miles, they camp along the Touchet River in present Washington.

there are many large banks of pure sand which appear to have been drifted up by the wind to the hight of 15 or 20 feet, lying in many parts of the plain through which we passed today.

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Sand dune and plains above the Touchet River

Small expanse of sand on a barren plain

we took leave of these friendly honest people the Wollahwollahs and departed at 11 A. M.
the narrow bottom of this creek is very fertile, tho' the plains are poor and sandy.

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Touchet River camp site

Bottom land along a small river

we continued our rout N. 30 E. 14 ms. through an open level sandy plain to a bold Creek 10 yds. wide.

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Plains above the Touchet River

Wide level plain with a sand dune

this stream is a branch of the Wallahwollah river into which it discharges itself about six miles above the junction of that river with the Columbia.
it takes it's rise in the same range of mountains to the East of the sources of the main branch of the same.
it appears to be navigable for canoes;
it is deep and has a bold current.

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Touchet River

Large stream meandering through a wide bottom

we encamped at the place we intersepted the creek where we had the pleasure once more to find an abundance of good wood for the purpose of making ourselves comfortable fires, which has not been the case since we left rock fort camp.

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Touchet River camp

Green riparia in spring bloom

On the waters of Kookooskee Aprl. 30th 1806.

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Textile onion, Allium textile

White petals of an onion bloom

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