June 29, 1806
" We collected our horses early this morning and set out, having previously dispatched Drewyer and R. Feilds to the warm springs to hunt. we pursued the higths of the ridge on which we have been passing for several days; it terminated at the distance of 5 ms. from our encampment and we decended to, and passed the main branch of the Kooskooske* 1 1/2 ms. above the entraence of Quawmash Creek wid falls on the NE side. when we decended from this ridge we bid adieu to the snow. near the river we fund a deer which the hunters killed and left us. this was a fortunate supply as all our oil was now exhausted and we were reduced to our roots alone without salt. beyond the river we ascended a very steep acclivity of a mountain about 2 miles and arrived at it's summit where we found the old road which we had passed as we went out, coming in our wright. the road was now much plainer and more beaten, which we were informed happened from the circumstance of the Ootslashshoots visiting the fishery frequently from the vally of Clark's river; though there was no appearance of there having been here this spring. at noon we arrived at the quawmas flatts on the Creek of the same name** and halted to graize our horses and dine. were After dinner we continued our march seven miles further to the warm springs*** where we arrived early in the evening. the principal srping is bout the temperature of the Warmest baths used at the Hot Springs in Virginia. in this bath which had been prepared by the Indians by stopping the river with Stone and mud, I bathed and remained in 19 minits, it was with difficulty that I could remain thus long and it caused a profuse sweat. " Lewis
branch of the Kooskooske* - Present Crooked Fork, in Idaho County, Idaho, "North Fork".
quawmas flatts on the Creek of the same name**- Packer Meadows on Pack Creek, in Idaho County, in the vicinity of their camp of September 13, 1805.
warm springs*** - Lolo Hot Springs, Montana
June 30, 1806
"We dispatched Drewyer and J. Fields early this morning to hunt on the road and indeavour to obtain some meat fo us. just as we had prepared to set out at an early hour a deer came in to lick at these springs and one of our hunters killed it; this secured us our dinners, and we proceeded down the creek.... a little before sunset we arrived at our old encampment* (last fall). here we encamped with a view to remain 2 days in order to rest ourselves and horses and make our final arrangements for Seperation." Lewis
encampment*- Travelers Rest
July 1, 1806
"remained here* to rest ourselves and horses after the severe fatigue of coming over the mountain. The little animal found in the plains of the Missouri which I have called the barking squirrel** weighs from 3 to 3 1/3 pounds. Capt. Clark & my self consurted the following plan from this place... " Lewis
"those guides expressed a desire to return to their nation and not accompany us further, we informed them that if they was deturmined to return we would kill some meat for them, but wished that they would accompy Capt. Lewis on the rout to the falls of Missouri only 2 nights and show him the right road to cross the Mountains. this they agreed to do. we gave a medal*** of the Small Size to the young man son to the late Great Cheif of the Chopunnish Nation who had been remarkably kind to us in every stance, to all the others we tied a bunch of blue ribbon about the hair, which pleased them very much." Clark
remained here* - Travelers Rest
barking squirrel**- Prairie Dog - September 7, 1804
medal*** - 55 MM Jefferson Medal
July 2, 1806
"We continued here* during this day, which was fine & pleasant, fixing and loading and making other arrangements for our separation." Lewis
here* - Travelers Rest
On July 3, 1806, the Corps of Discovery left Travelers' Rest. Captain Lewis and nine men went to pursue a direct route to the Missouri, then explore Maria's river. Captain Clark and the rest of the party went a new route to the Jefferson River, then descended to the Three Forks and then proceeded with a detachment party to explore the Yellowstone, while Sergeant Ordway, with nine men, descended the Missouri.
July 3, 1806
"I took leave of my worthy friend and companion Capt Clark and the party that accompanyed him. I could not avoid feeling much concern on this occasion although I hoped this seperation was only momentary. I proceeded down Clark's river with my party of nine men and five indians." Lewis