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During the night, the Captains find that their shelter does not shed the rain. On the plains above Long Camp, the hunters encounter fresh snow. The men remove the brass buttons from their clothes to trade for food.

at 2 P. M. Labuish arrived with a large buck of the Mule deer speceis which he had killed on Collins's Creek yesterday. he had left Cruzatte and Collins on the Creek where they were to wait his return.

Meriwether Lewis

Mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus

Mule deer buck on the Lolo Trail

Photo © Gene Eastman 2009. Used by permission.

brass buttons is an article of which these people are tolerably fond

Meriwether Lewis

at 5 P M Frazur who had leave to go to the Village returned with Some roots which he had purchased.

William Clark

Brass buttons

Brass buttons

It rained the greater part of last night and continued this morning untill noon when it cleared away about an hour and then rained at intervals untill 4 in the evening.

Meriwether Lewis

Clearwater River near Long Camp

Rainy May day on the Clearwater River

Ca[m]p on Kooskoosee May 20th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Fuzzy plant with white umbels

Camp on the Kooskoosky May 20th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Wilcox's beardtongue, Penstemon wilcoxii

Plant with showy purple petals