No Rest for the Weary

Fort Clatsop They had made it. Down the Ohio River, up the Mississippi, all the way up the Missouri, over the mountains, and then down the Columbia to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Corps of Discovery had crossed almost the entire continent and had seen more of it than any other people on the planet.

They had found that there was no Northwest Passage, but they had also found a country that had captured them with its beauty and with its challenges.

It was mid-November, 1805, and now that they had reached their destination, Lewis & Clark’s main concern was finding a home for the winter. They were still on the north side of the Columbia at Cape Disappointment in present-day Washington state. Lewis went out scouting, looking for a possible ship or other signs of white civilization, such as a fort or trading post. None existed. When he returned to camp, he told Clark that he had carved his name on a tree. A few days later Clark carved his name on the same tree, adding the words, “By Land from the U. States in 1804 & 1805″.

Winter quarters could either be built where they were, or they could cross to the south side of the Columbia (present-day Oregon), or the group could make a start on their return trip and find a site inland. Lewis and Clark both favored establishing a base south of the Columbia. The Clatsop Indians were friendlier and less greedy than the Chinooks. There was an abundance of elk, which would provide food through the winter and skins that could be used for making clothes. Lewis also wanted to be near the sea so that they could set up a salt works and, most importantly, continue to look for a ship that could provide them with supplies and even take some or all of them home.

As they were all in this situation together, Lewis and Clark allowed each member of the party to have a vote as to where they would winter. This historic moment included the first vote by a black slave and by a woman. With one lone exception (Private John Shields), all voted to move to the south side of the Columbia.

Lewis found the site he was looking for on a river than they named the Lewis and Clark and was located just a few miles from both the mouth of the Columbia and from the Pacific. A small fort was built and, as had been the case the previous winter, named in honor of their closest Indian neighbors. It was called Fort Clatsop.

Despite the cold of the previous winter, the time spent with the Mandans in North Dakota had generally been a pleasant experience for the Corps of Discovery. They had enjoyed the time spent with their new native friends while preparing for their continued journey west.

The winter at Fort Clatsop, near present-day Astoria, Oregon, was quite another thing. The weather was miserable and so were the men. The rain was unrelenting. While there was certainly no lack of wood for building the fort, getting the work done was difficult. Clark wrote in his journal on December 16: “The winds violent. Trees falling in every derection, whorl winds, with gusts of rain Hail & Thunder, this kind of weather lasted all day. Certainly one of the worst days that ever was!”

Many of the men were also suffering from assorted ailments and injuries. Their clothing was rotten and shredded. Their supplies were low. The first building built for winter quarters was the smokehouse because of the difficulty in preserving meat in the wet conditions. After two years on the trail, there was also some homesickness.

While Fort Clatsop still wasn’t totally finished, Lewis and Clark, the Charbonneau family and the rest of the men moved into their new quarters for Christmas of 1805. There was a brief celebration that morning, but it didn’t last long. It was a typical day – wet, cold, dreary. Clark wrote, “We could have Spent this day the nativity of Christ in feasting, had we any thing either to raise our Sperits or even gratify our appetites, our Diner concisted of pore Elk, So much Spoiled that we eate it thro mear necessity, Some Spoiled pounded fish and a fiew roots”.

Although Clark viewed salt water “as an evil in as much as it is not helthy,” Lewis and the other men craved salt for their meat and other foods. A few men were sent to a site on the ocean to establish a salt works. Five kettles were used to boil sea water until it evaporated. The salt that was left behind was scraped from the kettles and the process started again. (A replica of the salt works has been built at its original site in the popular tourist town of Seaside, Oregon.)

For those at Fort Clatsop, there was much to do. On New Year’s Day, 1806 Lewis once gain started writing in his journal and writing would take up much of his winter, covering many of the scientific aspects of the expedition. Clark worked on his maps. The rest of the men hunted, made clothing and moccasins out of elk and deer hides and prepared their equipment for the return trip.

In early January, Clark took some of the men down the coast to where a whale had beached. Sakakawea asked to come with them, saying that she “had traveled a long way with us to see the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be seen, she thought it very hard she could not be permitted to see either”.

The party came over Tillamook Head into what is now the small coastal town of Cannon Beach. Clark wrote of the incredible view: “From this point I beheld the grandest and most pleasant prospect which my eyes ever surveyed”. All that was left of the whale was a 105-foot skeleton. Nearby the Tillamook Indians were boiling blubber. Clark purchased three hundred pounds, as well as a few gallons of oil.

Throughout the winter there was constant interaction between the Corps of Discovery and the native tribes, particularly the Clatsop and Chinook. Through the winter, Lewis continued to distrust and dislike the Chinooks, who drove a hard bargain in their trades and would happily steal from the Americans if the opportunity arose.

As time drew near for the white men to start their trip back east, it was their turn to take something from the Indians. Lewis had been trying to trade for Indian canoes, writing, “We yet want another canoe, and as the Clatsops will not sell us one at a price which we can afford to give we will take one from them in lue of the six elk which they stole from us in the winter”. The Clatsops had made what they felt was adequate restitution for the elk meat. However, on March 18, Lewis instructed four of the men to take a canoe while Coboway, the Clatsop chief, was visiting the fort. All of their other dealings with the natives along the way had been honest. This was the one black mark.

While obtained illegally, the canoe would be needed. No ship had appeared on the coast of the Pacific during that wet winter, so the Corps would have to return home the way that they had come. On the day that the canoe was stolen, Lewis gave Coboway a list of the men in the Corps and also posted a similar list in Fort Clatsop so that any white man coming there would know that the expedition had made it this far.

A departure date of April 1 had been set, but all were ready to leave their miserable winter camp early and they headed out in their canoes on March 23. They were on the Columbia and were once again going against the current. But this time they knew how to get where they were going – this time they were going home.

159 thoughts on “No Rest for the Weary

  1. Bernardo Polan

    You’re so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything in this manner prior to. So good to uncover another person by original applying for grants this particular subject. realy thanks for starting the up. this fantastic website are some things that must be used on the net, an individual after some originality. valuable work for bringing things that are brand new to your web!

  2. kiranightlyxo

    You’re in some serious need of relaxation. That’s where a site like http://www.camgirl.pw comes in handy. You can do a whole lot of relaxing there. You’ll find plenty of fun girls to talk to. These are the hottest and most wild girls on the internet. Chat with them and have yourself a good time.

  3. WM Cams

    Good point! Interesting information over here. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.| I couldn’t resist commenting. I have spent 1 hour searching for such informations. I’ll also share it with a couple of friends interested in it. I have just bookmarked this website. Finished with the job done, I going to watch some World cup Cams. Danke!! Regards from Mundial 2018!

  4. Casino Bonus 2018

    Nice post. I was chexking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely useful infdo specifically the last
    part :) I care for such information much. I was looking for thiks particular info for a
    very lng time. Thank you and best of luck.

    Review my web-site :: Casino Bonus 2018

  5. watchallchannels

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures onn this blog loading?

    I’m trying to figure out iff its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

    Also visit my web-site :: watchallchannels

  6. Silas Tedrow

    A lot more than high-priced gifts, it’s the true feelings that you have for a person which would be able to have a stronger effect upon the receiver. Cards as well play a part of savior given that you actually can’t be present to wish someone happy birthday celebration.

  7. Apartment Waldenbuch

    Beautiful quiet 1-room apartment / kitchen / bath / WC / SAT-TV / Internet / washing machine In the countryside, comfortable, at the end of a cul-de-sac, bright quiet 1-room apartment with separate, private entrance. The apartment was completely renovated in May 2018 and refurbished. Parking is available on the public road and are always available. The apartment has a 40 inch satellite TV, a washing machine, as well as internet (wi-fi) for a small fee. An iron and ironing board are also available. In the kitchen you will find an oven with ceramic hob, a dishwasher, a refrigerator with 4-star freezer, a coffee machine, kettle and a toaster. The chocolate “shop” factory outlet of the world-famous brand Ritter Sport as well as the Ritter Museum and the Ritter Museums-Café can be reached after about 450 meters or 6 minutes on foot. For nature lovers, the beautiful Schönbuch forest invites you right outside the front door to walks or hikes. Waldenbuch is located on the northern edge of the forest and the natural park Schönbuch about 17 km south of Stuttgart and has about 8500 inhabitants. It is about 14 km to Böblingen, 19 km to Tübingen and about 12 km to the Messe Stuttgart. Idyllically located in the valley, Waldenbuch today radiates a special charm with its half-timbered houses, fountains and seasons in the historic old town center. Both the town church of St. Veit with its 36 meter high church tower and the beautiful castle delight the guests. 24h check-in by arrangement possible Food discounters such as Lidl, DM drugstore market, penny market and beverage market can be reached on foot in about 5 to 20 minutes. Due to the quiet but central location of the apartment is by car in a short time in Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Böblingen the outlet city Metzingen or Sindelfingen.

  8. Ferienwohnung Filderstadt

    TOP !!! Beautiful quiet 1-room apartment / kitchen / bath / WC / SAT-TV / Internet / washing machine In the countryside, comfortable, at the end of a cul-de-sac, bright quiet 1-room apartment with separate, private entrance. TOP !!! The apartment was completely renovated in May 2018 and refurbished. TOP !!! Parking is available on the public road and are always available. TOP !!! The apartment has a 40 inch satellite TV, a washing machine, as well as internet (wi-fi) for a small fee. An iron and ironing board are also available. In the kitchen you will find an oven with ceramic hob, a dishwasher, a refrigerator with 4-star freezer, a coffee machine, kettle and a toaster. The chocolate “shop” factory outlet of the world-famous brand Ritter Sport as well as the Ritter Museum and the Ritter Museums-Café can be reached after about 450 meters or 6 minutes on foot. For nature lovers, the beautiful Schönbuch forest invites you right outside the front door to walks or hikes. Waldenbuch is located on the northern edge of the forest and the natural park Schönbuch about 17 km south of Stuttgart and has about 8500 inhabitants. It is about 14 km to Böblingen, 19 km to Tübingen and about 12 km to the Messe Stuttgart. Idyllically located in the valley, Waldenbuch today radiates a special charm with its half-timbered houses, fountains and seasons in the historic old town center. Both the town church of St. Veit with its 36 meter high church tower and the beautiful castle delight the guests. 24h check-in by arrangement possible Food discounters such as Lidl, DM drugstore market, penny market and beverage market can be reached on foot in about 5 to 20 minutes. Due to the quiet but central location of the apartment is by car in a short time in Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Böblingen the outlet city Metzingen or Sindelfingen.

  9. hooded

    Мy family members every time say that I am wasting my time
    hеre at net, but I know I am getting know-how
    all the time by reading such fastidious posts.

  10. dominos voucher code

    I think this iis one of the most important info for me.
    And i’m glad studying your article. But want to statement on few
    normal things, The site taste is perfect, the articles iss in point of fact excellent
    : D. Good job, cheers

    Also visit my weblog: dominos voucher code

  11. cow onesie

    Howdy this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  12. 321-917-5986

    andy strutt is a bipolar rapist psychopath DOB 6/3/1975 has raped 2 girls at defcon hacker conventions. andrew strutt wife Sichan Li is in the United States illegally. r0d3nt has an undiagnosed psychiatric disorder from a head injury. andrew strutt has taken money from Lebanse Intelligence Officer and recently arrested hacker and owner of Krypton Security Khalil Sehnaoui. r0d3nt accepted a hotel suite in Las Vegas in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in excess of $2,000 a night from Khalil Sehnaoui. andrew strutt wife is a former reporter and Chinese Communist Party reporter. r0d3nt wife has access to his secret material. sprint phone 321-917-5986 google voice 702-514-0650 works at leidos

  13. เอากัน

    Hi! Тhis is kind of off topic but I need some guidɑnce from an estɑbⅼished blog.
    Is it very difficult to set up your own bⅼog? I’m not very
    techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to
    start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you

  14. Bail Bond Tampa

    Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored at work so I decided too check
    out your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I enjoy the ibfo you present here and can’t wwait to take a look
    when I gget home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile
    .. I’m not even usibg WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, wonderful
    blog!

    Here is my web site; Bail Bond Tampa

  15. คลิป

    Нey tһere! I knoѡ this is kinda off topіc however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
    My website addresseѕ a lot of the same subjects as
    yours and I think we coᥙld greatlү benefit from each other.
    If you might be іnterested feel free to shoot me an emɑil.
    I look forward to heaгing from you! Fantastic blog by
    the way!

  16. porn

    Hеy Theгe. I found your bloց using msn. This is a very well written article.

    I will be sure to bookmark it and retսrn to read morе of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  17. ken smith

    Greetings! Very helpful advice wiyhin this article!
    It’s the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Manyy thanks for sharing!

    Take a look at my page … ken smith

  18. pornhub

    Hi there mateѕ, hߋw is the whole thing, and wһat you want to say concerning this aгticle, in my view іts really amazing in favor of me.

  19. javhd

    I’ve reɑd a few exceⅼlent stuff here. Definitely vaⅼue
    bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you put to
    create such a fantastic informative site.

  20. xvdo

    Нi theгe, this weekend is good designed fοr me,
    for the reason that this time i am reading this enormous
    educational articlе here at my residence.

  21. http://thebluenotelounge.com/2018/05/01/how-you-can-select-A-healthcare-gear-provider/

    I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page
    layout off your site? Itts very well written; I love what
    youve gott to say. But maye you could a little more in the
    way of content sso people could connect with iit better. Youve got
    an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures.

    Maybe you could space it out better?

    my webpage … http://thebluenotelounge.com/2018/05/01/how-you-can-select-A-healthcare-gear-provider/

  22. เกย์

    What i ɗo not understoоd is in truth how yоu’re not
    actually much more smartly-favored than you may be right noᴡ.
    You are very intelligent. You realize therefore considerably in the
    case of this matter, produced me for my part consider it
    from a lot of variеd angles. Its like men and women don’t sеem to
    be involved until it is one thing to do with Woman gaga!
    Your individual stuffs outstаnding. At all times maintain it up!

  23. หนังโป๊ไทย

    Hey theгe! I know this is kinda off topic but I wɑs wondering which bⅼog
    platform are you using for this site? I’m getting tired
    of WordPress because I’ve hɑd problems with
    hackeгs and I’m looking at options for another platform.
    I would be greаt if you could point me in the direction of a
    good platform.

  24. porn

    Heⅼlo very cool blog!! Guy .. Beautiful ..

    Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally?
    I’m glad to search out a lot of hеlpfuⅼ information right here within tһe publish, we need deveⅼop extra
    techniques on this regard, thank you for shɑring. . . . . .

  25. youporn

    Everything is very open wіth a very clear clarification of the issues.
    It was reallу informative. Yoսr website is very useful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  26. xhamster

    Good post. I learn somethіng totally new and challenging on blogs I stumblеupon on a daily basis.
    It will always be useful to read content from other
    writers ɑnd practice something from other websites.

  27. pornxxx

    Hi there! I just ᴡant to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent information you have got right here on this post.
    I’ll be rеturning to your blog for more soon.

  28. xxx18

    Ꮇy developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked thе idea ƅecause of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordРress on numerous webѕites for about a year and am worried about
    switching to аnother platform. I have heaгd very gooⅾ things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts іnto it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  29. rules of survival hack

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit,
    but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read.

    I will certainly be back.

    Here is my webpage – rules of survival hack

  30. cheap viagra

    This design is wicked! You moxt certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved too start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had tto say, and more thzn that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

    Here iis mmy website :: cheap viagra

  31. gay cowboys

    whoah this weblog is fantastic i love reading your articles.
    Keep up the good work! Youu know, lots of people are
    searching around forr this info, you can aid tyem greatly.

    Feel free to visit my weblog; gay cowboys

  32. เย็ด

    I have to thank you for the efforts ʏou hɑve
    pսt іn penning this blog. I really hope to check out the same higһ-grade content by you later
    on aѕ well. In fаct, yoսr creative writing ɑbilities has
    encouraged mе to get my very own blog now ;)

  33. Georgetta

    I do not even know how I endfed up here, but I thought thgis post was
    great. I do not know wwho you are but definitely
    you’re going to a famous blogger if yoou aren’t already ;
    ) Cheers!

    Also visit myy web page :: Georgetta

  34. roqya

    Have you ever thought about includeing a little bbit more thjan just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and everything.
    However just imagine if you addeed some great photos
    or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this site could definitely be
    one of the greatest in its niche. Fantastic blog!

    Look into my web site roqya

  35. 99bb

    Excellent іtems from you, man. I’ve consider your stuff previous to and you are just extremely wondeгful.

    I actᥙally like what үou have bought here, really like what you’re saying and the best
    way through which you saʏ it. You’re making it enjoyable and you continue to take care of to stay it sensible.
    І can not wait to leɑrn mսch more from you.

    This is really a wonderful web site.

  36. ro89

    I’m not suгe ᴡһy but this weblog is loading veгy sⅼow
    for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem օn my
    end? I’ll check back later and see іf the problem still exiѕts.

  37. funny swimming caps

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital
    to assert that I acquire aactually enjoyed account your blog
    posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your fereds and
    even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

    Also visit my site … funny swimming caps

  38. adidas eqt support adv

    Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thank you Nevertheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss . Don抰 know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss downside? Anybody who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

  39. xxxญี่ปุ่น

    Today, I wеnt to the beach witһ my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year olɗ daᥙghter and ѕaid
    “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” Shе pսt the shell to her ear and scгeamed.
    Therе was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her еar. She never
    wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off tߋpic but I had
    to telⅼ someone!

  40. เย็ดหี

    Appreciating the hard worқ you put into your website
    and detailed information you ᧐ffer. It’s good to come
    across a bloց every oncе in а wһile tһat isn’t the same
    out of date rehashed information. Fantastic read!

    I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds
    tо my Google account.

  41. Adidas NMD Men Fur Light Grey

    I actually wanted to compose a brief word to say thanks to you for some of the precious facts you are sharing at this site. My extensive internet lookup has now been recognized with awesome tips to share with my best friends. I would declare that most of us site visitors actually are very much blessed to exist in a great network with very many awesome professionals with helpful advice. I feel rather lucky to have encountered the website and look forward to many more thrilling moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for everything.

  42. nmd uk

    I’m also commenting to make you know of the superb discovery my friend’s princess developed visiting your blog. She came to understand lots of things, most notably how it is like to have a very effective giving nature to let most people effortlessly thoroughly grasp a variety of specialized matters. You truly did more than our expected results. Many thanks for imparting such informative, trusted, edifying and also fun guidance on your topic to Julie.

  43. rayban sunglasses

    There are definitely loads of details like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you convey up the place the most important thing will probably be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged around issues like that, however I’m positive that your job is clearly identified as a good game. Both girls and boys really feel the impression of just a second抯 pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  44. เงี่ยน

    Ꮋello great website! Does rսnning а bⅼοg similar to this require a greɑt deal of work?
    I have veгү lіttle understandіng of computer pr᧐grammіng however I was hoping to start my
    own blog in the near future. Anyway, if you have any
    ideas or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand thіs іs off topic but I ѕimply needed to ask.
    Thanks!

  45. pornhub

    After І initially left a comment I seem to have cⅼicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from
    now on each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment.
    Perhaps there is an easy method you are ablе to remove me from that service?
    Cheers!

  46. yeezy shoes

    This website is known as a stroll-by means of for all of the info you wanted about this and didn抰 know who to ask. Glimpse here, and also you抣l positively discover it.

  47. xvdo

    Dօ you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I
    wаs wanting to know your situatiоn; we have developed some nice methods and we are looking
    to trade methods with others, be sure to shoot me an email іf interested.

  48. เย็ดกัน

    I truly lοve your site.. Great colors & thеme.
    Did you develоp this website yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m trying to create mү own personal website and want to lеarn ѡhere
    you got this from οr just what the tһeme is namеd.
    Apρreciate it!

  49. suba pron

    oAPEsm I think other website proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and wonderful user genial style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  50. beeg

    Hellߋ, i think that i saw you viѕited my blog thus i came
    to “гeturn the fаvor”.Ӏ am attempting to find things to enhance my website!I
    suppose its ok to use some of your ideaѕ!!

  51. james harden shoes

    I抦 impressed, I have to say. Actually rarely do I encounter a blog that抯 both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, you will have hit the nail on the head. Your thought is outstanding; the issue is something that not sufficient persons are talking intelligently about. I am very glad that I stumbled throughout this in my seek for one thing relating to this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>