Wind Hard from the West; The Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Snake and Columbia Rivers by Robert Heacock
Wind Hard from the West; The Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, by Robert Heacock
November 28, 1805
They had hard wind and rain all night, and their shelters were so tattered that they could not keep themselves or their gear dry. In the morning the men drove the point of land to find deer, but were not successful. Clark lamented, as he did on November 15, that the brush was too thick to hunt, and they could not get close enough to the waterfowl to shoot any, the winds were too strong to go forward or backward, their clothes were rotted and they had no prospects for others, they were continually wet, and their food supply was limited to pounded fish. At noon, the wind shifted and blew with 'great violence' the remainder of the day. He also wrote, 'O! How disagreeable is our Situation during this dreadful weather.'
This entry and others summarize the Lewis and Clark Expeditions' daily routine during their time in the Pacific Northwest, the constant difficulty they took in stride, the steadfastness they showed to their mission, and their regular basis so that we may be in awe of their accomplishment.
Spiral bound. Signed by the author.