On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition waits at Salmon Trout Camp while Nez Perce guides are sought. The hunters have little success, and the fish in the creek are freshwater phase steelhead—a phase not suitable for eating.
From the journals...
Thursday June 19th 1806
in my walk of this day up the Creek I observed a great abundance of fine grass sufficient to Sustain our horses any length of time we chose to Stay at this place. Several Glades of quawmash. the S W. Sides of the hills is fallen timber and burnt woods, the N. E. Sides of the hills is thickly timbered with lofty pine, and thick under growth
Thursday 19th June 1806.
towards evening Gibson giged & killd. one of the fish we took to be Salmon and we found it to be Salmon trout, and poor. we expect they all are that is in this creek.
Steelhead, Oncorhynchus mykiss, freshwater phase
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Thursday June 19th 1806.
Cruzatte brought me several large morells which I roasted and eat without salt pepper or grease in this way I had for the first time the true taist of the morell which is truly an insippid taistless food.
Black morel, Morchella elata
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