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Journal excerpts and maps from Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites


"The winds of this countrey which blow with some violence almost every day, has become a serious obstruction in our progression onward, as we cant move when the wind is high with[out] great risque, and [if] there was no risque the winds is generally a head and often too violent to proceed"


"The wind blew so hard during the whole of this day, that we were unable to move. notwithstanding that we were sheltered by high timber from the effects of the wind, such was itís violence that it caused the waves to rise in such manner as to wet many articles in the small cones before they could be unloaded.... Soar eyes is a common complaint among the party. I believe it origenates from the immence quantities of sand which is driven by the wind from the sandbars of the river in such clouds that you are unable to discover the opposite bank of the river in many instances.... So penitrating is this sand that we cannot keep any article free from it; in short we are compelled to eat, drink, and breathe it very freely."


"I walked down and joined the party at their encampment on the point of land formed by the junction of the [Missouri and Yellowstone] rivers; found them all in good health, and much pleased at having arrived at this long wished for spot, and in order to add in some measure to the general pleasure which seemed to pervade our little community, we ordered a dram to be issued to each person; this soon produced the fiddle, and they spent the evening with much hilarity, singing & dancing, and seemed as perfectly to forget their past toils, as they appeared regardless of those to come."

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