Sunday July 14th 1805.
This morning was calm fair and warm; the Musquetoes of course troublesome. all hands that could work were employed about the canoes. which we completed and launched this evening. the one was 25 feet and the other 33 feet in length and about 3 feet wide. we have now the seats and oars to make and fit &c. I walked out today and ascended the bluffs which are high rockey and steep; I continued my rout about 31/2 when I gained a conspicuous eminence about 2 mes. distant from the river a little below the entrance of Fort Mountain Creek. from this place I had a commanding view of the country and took the bearings of the following places. (viz)
|To the point at which the Missouri first enters the Rocky Mountains||S. 28° W. 25|
|To the termineation of the 1st Chain of Rocky Mountains; northwardly, being that through which the Missouri first passes||N. 73° W 80|
|To the extremity or tirmineation of 2cd Chain of the Rocky Mountains||N. 65 W. 150|
|To the most distant point of a third and continued chain of the same mts||N. 50°W. 200|
|The direction of the 2cd Do. from S 45 E. to N. 45° W.|
|To Fort Mountain||S. 75° W. 8|
The country in most parts very level and in others swelling with gentle rises and decents, or in other wirds what I have heretofore designated a wavy country destitute of timber except along the water-courses. On my return to camp found Sergt. Ordway had arrived with all the canoes about noon and had unloaded them every preperation except the entire completion of the oars poles &c is made for our departure tomorrow. the grass and weeds in this bottom are about 2 feet high; which is a much greater hight than we have seen them elsewhere this season. here I found the sand rush and nittles in small quantities. the grass in the plains is not more than 3 inches high. grasshoppers innumerable in the plains and the small birds before noticed together with the brown Curlooe still continue nomerous in every part of the plains.
had a slight shower at 4 P.M. this evening.
July 14th Sunday 1805
a fine morning Calm and worm musquetors & Knats verry troublesom. The Canoes arrive at 12 oClock & unloade to Dry &c. finished & Lanced the 2 Canoes, Some rain this afternoon. all prepareing to Set out on tomorrow.