April 12, 1805
"set out an early hour. our peroge and the Canoes passed over to the Lard side in order to avoid a bank which was rappidly falling fast. We proceeded on six miles and came too on the lower side of the entrance of the little Missouri on the Lard shore in a fine plain where we determined to spend the day for the purpose of celestial observation*. we sent out 10 hunters to procure some fresh meat."
celestial observation* - The mouth of the Little Missouri may have shifted over the years; in any case, the site, perhaps in Dunn County, North Dakota, is under Garrison Reservoir.
April 13, 1805
"Being disappointed in my observations of yesterday for longitude,
I was unwilling to remain at the entrance of the river another day for that
purpose, and therefore determined to set out early this morning, which we
did accordingly. The wind was in our favor after 9 A.M., and continued
favorable until 3 P.M. We therefore hoisted both the sails in the white
perogue, consisting of a small squar sail and spritsail, which carried her
at a pretty good gate untill about 2 in the afternoon, when a suddon squall
of wind struck us and turned the perogue so much on the side as to alarm
Sharbono , who was steering at the time.
April 14, 1805
" passed an island, above which two small creeks fall in on Lard. Side; the upper creek largest, which we called Sharbono’s Creek*, after our interpreter who encamped several weeks on it with a hunting party of Indians. This is the highest point to which any whiteman had ever ascended, except two Frenchmen ( one of whom LaPage was now with us)." Lewis
Sharbono’s Creek* - Formerly Indian, now Bear Den, Creek, entering
the Missouri near the Dunn-McKenzie county line.
April 16, 1805
"Killed an antilope which was verry meagre. Saw great numbers of Elk & some buffalow & deer, a verry large Beaver cought this morning. Great numbers of Gees in the river & in the Plains feeding on the Grass."
April 17, 1805
" A delightfull morning, set out at an erly hour. the country though which we passed to day was much the same as that discribed of yesterday... continue to see many tracks of the bear we have seen but very few of them, and those are at a great distance generally runing from us; I therfore presume that they are extremly wary and shy; the Indian account of them dose not corrispond with our experience so far. Capt Clark saw a Curlou* today."
Curlou* - Probably the long-billed curlew, and if so, a bird new to science.
April 18, 1805
"after breakfast this morning Capt. Clark walked on Stad. shore, while the party were assedning by means of their toe lines, I walked with them on the bank; found a species of pea bearing a yellow flower, and now in blume; it seldom rises more than 6 inches high, the leaf & stalk resembles that of the common gardin pea, the root is pirenial*. I also saw several parsels of buffaloe's hair hanging on the rose bushes**."
pirenial*- Golden pea ( Thermopsis rhombifolia Nutt)
rose bushes** - Western wild Rose ( Rosa woodsii Lindle)