March 20, 1805
All the men who could be spared and several Indians carried four new canoes 1½ miles to the Missouri River. Clark smokes a pipe with a Mandan chief and several elders.
I with all the men which could be Speared from the Fort went to Canoes, there I found a number of Indians the men carried 4 to the River about 1½ miles thro the Bottom
March 20, 1806
The Expedition is ready to head back to the United States, but they are delayed by bad weather. Lewis reflects on their stay at Fort Clatsop and reports that Willard and Bratton continue to be ill.
It continued to rain and blow so violently today that nothing could be done towards forwarding our departure.
Altho' we have not fared sumptuously this winter and spring at Fort Clatsop, we have lived quite as comfortably as we had any reason to expect we should