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1805 Journal Entry Archives    November 26 - December 3, 1805

November 26, 1805  

The party leaves their coastal encampment and sets out to cross the river to locate a winter establishment: "we Set out and crossed a Short distance above the rock out in the river & between some low marshey Islands to the South Side of the Columbia at a low bottom about 3 miles below Point Samuel* and proceeded near the South Side leaveing the Seal Islands to our right and a marshey bottom to the left 5 miles to the Calt-har-mar (Cathlahma) Village of 9 large wood houses on a handsom elivated Situation near the foot of a Spur of the high land behind a large low islands seperated from the Southerly Shore by a Chanel of about 200 yards Wide, This nation appear to differ verry little either in language, sutoms dress or appearance from the Chin nooks & War-ci-a cum live principally on fish and pappato  they have also other roots, and some elk meat."  Clark

Point Samuel* - Present Cathlamet Point, Clatsop County.

November 27, 1805

Proceeding on the party continued traveling in the rain passing the mouth John Day River and around Point William: " we found the swells running so high that we had to halt , unload our canoes and haul them out on the shore. Very wet night." Patrick Gass

November 28, 1805

"rained all the last night  we are all wet our bedding and stores are also wet, we haveing nothing which is sufficient to keep ourselves bedding or stores dry   Several men in the point hunting deer without Suckcess... we nothing to eate except pounded fish which we brought from the Great falls, this is our present situation; truly disapreeable.  This wind and rain continued with short intervales all the latter part of the night.  O! how disagreeable is our situation dureing this dreadfull weather.

November 29, 1805

"the wind being so high the party were unable to proceed with the perogues.  I determined therefore to proceed down the river on it's E. side in surch of an eligible place for our winters residence and accordingly set out early this morning in the small canoe accompanyed by 5 men.  drewyer R. Fields, Shannon, Colter & labiesh."  Lewis

Lewis camped along the shore of Youngs Bay, Oregon, probably within the limits of Astoria.  Clark remained at the camp of November 27.

November 30, 1805

 " The woman gave me a piece of bread made of flour which she had reserved for her child and carefully Kept untill this time, which has unfortunately got wet, and a little sour. This bread I eate with great satisfaction."  Clark

Lewis camped along the shore of Youngs Bay, Oregon, probably within the limits of Astoria.  Clark remained at the camp of November 27.

December 1, 1805

" The emence Seas and waves breake on the rocks & Coasts to the SW & NW roars like an emence fall at a distance, this roaring has continued ever Since our arrival in the neighbourhood of the Sea Coast."   Clark

"had seen the track of one deer only and a few small grey squirrels*.  these suirrels are about the size of the red squirrel of the lakes and eastern Atlantic States... Drewyer not yet arrived.  heard him shoot 5 times just above us and am in hopes he has fallen in with a gang of elk."  Lewis

grey squirrels*- Probably Richardson's red squirrel.

Lewis camped along the shore of Youngs Bay, Oregon, probably within the limits of Astoria.  Clark remained at the camp of November 27.

December 2, 1805

" In the evening Joseph Field came in with the Marrow bones of a elků this is welcome news to us. This is the first Elk which has been killd on this Side of the rockey mountains."  Clark

Lewis's camp is unknown;  Clark remained at the camp of November 27.

December 3, 1805

"the men sent after an Elk yesterday returnd. with an Elk which revived the Sperits of my men verry much, I am unwell and cannot eate, the flesh  O! how disagreeable my situation, plenty of meat and incaple of eateing any... I maked my name on a large pine tree William Clark December 3rd 1805. By Land from the U.States in 1804 & 1085."  Clark

Lewis's camp is unknown;  Clark remained at the camp of November 27.

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