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. Map of Routes
Lewis August 1, 1806
"the Elk are now in fine order particularly the males. their horns have
obtained their full growth but have not yet shed the velvet or skin which covers
them... halted at this place"
Clark August 1, 1806 ( Map of the Area >>)
"was obliged to land to let the Buffalow Cross over... the river was crouded
with those animals for 1/2 an hour... "
Lewis August 2, 1806
"This morning proved fair and I determined to remain all day and dry the baggage and give the men an opportunity to dry and air their skins and furr... we are extreemly anxious to reach the entrance of the Yellowstone river where we expect to join Capt. Clark and party. "
Clark August 2, 1806 ( Map of the Area >>)
" about 8 AM this morning a Bear of the large vicious Species being on a Sand bar raised himself up on his hind feet and looked at us as we passed down near the middle of the river. he plunged into the water and Swam towards us, either from a disposition to attack or from the Cent of the meat on the Canoes. we shot him ... we were very near being detained by the Buffalow today which were Crossing the river we got through the line between 2 gangues."
Lewis August 3, 1806
"I arrose early this morning and had the perogue and canoes loaded and set
out at half after 6 AM. we soon passed the canoe of Colter and Collins who were
on shore hunting... we encmaped this eveing on NE side of the river 2 ms. above
our encampment of the 12th of May 1805"
Clark August 3, 1806
"Last night the Musquetors was so troublesome that no one of the party Slept
the night... arrived at the Junction of the Rochejhone with the Missouri, and
formed my camp imediately in the point between the two river at which place the
party all encamped the 26th of April - 1805"
Lewis August 4, 1806
"During our halt we killed a very large rattlesnake... it had 176 scuta on the abdomen and 25 on the tails, it's length 5 feet."
Clark August 4, 1806
" The Child of Shabono has been so much bitten by the Musquetor that is face is much puffed up & swelled."
Lewis August 6, 1806 Map PLUS Lewis and Clark timeline of region (PDF)
..." last evening a violent storm arrose to the N.E. and shortly after
attended with violent Thunder lightning and some hail;.. our situation was open
and exposed to the storm... resumed our voyage, and decended the river about 5
miles below our encampment of the 1st of May 1805."
Clark August 6, 1806
"This morning a very large Bear of white Specis, discovered us floating in the water and takeing us, as I prosume to be Buffalow imediately plunged into the river and prosued us. I directed the men to be Still. this animal Came within about 40 yards of us, and tacked about. we all fired into him without killing him"
Lewis August 7, 1806
"I landed at the point and found that Capt. Clark had been encamped at this place and (was gone) from appearances had left it about 7 or 8 days. I found a paper on a pole at the point which mearly contained my name in the hand wrighting of Capt. C. we also found the remnant of a note which had been attached to a peace of Elk's horns in the camp; from this fragment I learned that game was scarce and musquetoes troublesome which were the reasons given for his going on;; I also learnt that he intended halting a few miles below where he intended waiting my arrival... I now wrote a note directed to Colter and Collins provided they were behind, ordering them to come on without loss of time"
Clark August 7, 1806
"Proceeded on down ... the air was exceedingly Clear and Cold and not a
misquetor to be seen, which is a joyfull circumstance to the Party. Campd on a
sandbar on the South Side"