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Fort Clatsop

January 1, 1806

"this morning I was awoke at an early hour by the discharge of a volley of small arms, which were fired by our party in front of our quarters to usher in the new year; this was the only mark of rispect which we had it in our power to pay this celebrated day.  our repast of this day tho'[ better than that of Christmass, consisted principally in the anticipation of the 1st day of January 1807, when in the bosom of our friends we hope to participate in the mirth and hilarity of the day, and when with the zest given by the recollection of the present, we shall completely, both mentally and corporally, enjoy the repast which the hand of civilization has prepared for us.  at present we were content with eating our boiled Elk and wappetoe and solacing our thirst with our only beverage pure water." 

January 2, 1806

"The large and small or whistling swan, sand hill Crane, large and small gees, brown and white brant, Cormorant, duckan mallard, Canvisback duck, and several other specied of ducks, still remain with us; tho' I do not think that they are as plenty as on our first arrival in the neighbourhood*."

neighbourhood* - Birds identified by Lewis are the trumpeter swan ("large"), tundra swan ("small or whistling"), snadhill crane, Canada goose ("large"), an unknown goose ("small"), brant ("brown"), snow goose ("white brant"), mallard, and canvasback.

January 3, 1806

"we were vistied by our neighbour and six Clatsops.  they brought roots, berries and brought for sale three dogs and some fresh blubber.  our party from the necessity having been obliged to subsit some length of time on dogs, have become extremely fond of their flesh.  It is worthy of remark that while we lived principally on the flesh of this animal, we were much heathly strong and more flesh than we had been since we left the buaffloe country.  The blubber, which is esteemed by the Indians an excellent food.  They tell us from their neighbours the Killamucks, a nation who live on the seacost and near one of the villages a whale had recently been thrown and foundered." 

January 4, 1806

  Comowooll and the Clatsops who visited us yesterday left us I the evening. These people the Chinnooks and others residing in this neighbourhood and Speaking the Same language have been very friendly to us.
 

January 5, 1806

At 5 PM Willard and Wiser returned they had not been lost as we apprehended.  they informed us that is was not untill the fifth day after leaving Fort that they could find a convenient place for making salt; that they had at length established themselves on the coast about 15 miles SW from this, near the lodge of some Killamuck * families; that the Indians were very friendly and had given them a considerable quantity of the blubber of a whale which perished on the coast some distance SE of them.  Capt. Clark determined this evening to set out early tomorrow with two canoes and 12 men in quest of the whale.

Killamuck * - Tillamook

January 6, 1805

Last evening Shabono and his Indian woman was very impatient to be permitted to go with me, and was therefore indulged; she observed that she had traveled a long way with us to see the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be seen.  She had never been to the Ocian.   Clark - Camped on either Neawanna Creek or Neacoxie Creek.

The following were with Clark: Charbonneau, Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (the baby), Frazer, McNeal, Pryor, and Werner.  Others may have included: Colter, Cruzatte, or Weiser, Reubin Field, Labiche, Lepage, Potts, Shields, and Windsor.

January 7, 1806

I hired a young Indian to pilot me to the whale for which service I gave him a file in hand and promised several other articles on my return, left Sergt. Gass and one man of my party Werner to make salt & permitted Bratten to accompany me, we proceeded on the round Slipery Stones my guide made a suden halt, pointed to the top of the mountain and uttered the word Pe Shack which means bad, but must pass over that mountain, I hesitated a moment & view this emence mountain the top of which was obscured in the clouds and the assent appeard. to be almost perpindecular; as the small Indian parth allong which they had brought emence loads but a fiew hours before, led up this mountain and appeared to assend in a sideling direction, I thought more than probable that the assent might be torerable easy and therefore proceeded on,  I soon found that the become much worst as I assended and at one place we were obliged to support and draw our selves up by the bushes & roots for near 100 feet, and after about 2 hours labour and fatigue we reached the top of this mountain*, from the top of which I looked down with estonishment to behold the hight which we assended, which appeared to be 10 or 12 hundred feet up a mountain.   we met 14 Indians men and women loaded with the oil and blubber of the whale.  Clark

top of this mountain* - Clark climbed Tillamook Head, and it, or a point on it, became "Clark's Point of View" to the party.

January 8, 1806

proceed to the top of the mountain next to the which is much the highest part and that part faceing the Sea, from this point I beheld the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in frount a boundless Ocean... we arrived on a butifull Sand Shore, found only the Skelleton of this monster on the sand.  Clark

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