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Before departure, Robert McClellan gives out liberal amounts of whiskey. At 8am, hard winds come up, and Clark decides to lay by in safety and send the men out to hunt. Shannon loses his shot pouch, knife, and powder horn.

I walked in the bottom in the thick rushes and the Growth of timber Common to the Illinois Such as cotton wood, Sycamore, ash mulberry, Elm of different Species, walnut, hickory, horn beem, pappaw    arrow wood    willow, prickly ash, &c and Grape vines, pees of 3 species &c &c.

William Clark

River-bank grape, Vitis riparia

Grapevines with small purple grapes

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we Sent out 2 men in the bottom they Soon returned with one turky and informed that the rushes was so high and thick that it was impossible to kill any deer

William Clark

Forested hill at Weston Bend State Park

Thick tangle of trees and vines

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Birds most Common the buzzard Crow the hotting owl and hawks, &c. &c.—

William Clark

Great horned owl, Bubo virginianus

Large owl

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