A Cloudy & rainie Day the greater Part of the Day dark & Drisley we proceedd on down the river thro a Vallie passed Several Small Runs on the 〈right left〉 [NB: right] & 3 creeks on the 〈right〉 left The Vallie from 1 to 〈three〉 2 miles wide the Snow top mountains to our left, open hilley Countrey on the right. Saw 2 horses left by the Indians Those horses were as wild a Elk. One of our hunters Came up this morning without his horse, in the course of the night the horse broke loose & Cleared out— we did not make Camp untill dark,  for the want of a good place, one of our hunters did not join us this evening. he haveing killed an elk packed his horses & could not overtake us
Saturday 7th Sept. 1805. a cloudy cold morning. one of our hunters Stayed out all last night. we set out eairly and proceeded on down the creek. our hunter who Stayed out last night over took us had lost his horse. we passed over narrow plains larg pine and cotton timber along the creeks high mountains a little to the Lard. Side which is covred thick with Snow. one of our hunters killed two Deer. Some of the other hunters killed 1 goose 1 crain Several pheasants and a hawk. we proceeded on crossed Several Small creeks and runs we had Several Showers of rain. this valley gitting wider. the plain Smooth & dry. we came 18 miles this day and Camped  on the bank of the Creek.—
Saturday 7th. We set out early in a cloudy cool morning; and our hunters went on as usual. We proceeded down the creek,  and in our way we were met by a hunter, who had not come in last night, and who had lost his horse. We halted at 12 o'clock, and one of the hunters killed 2 deer; which was a subject of much joy and congratulation. Here we remained to dine, and some rain fell. On the south of this place there are very high mountains covered with snow and timber, and on the north prairie hills. After staying here 2 hours we proceeded on down the creek; found the country much the same as that which we had passed through in the forenoon; and having travelled about 20 miles since the morning, encamped  for the night. The valley is become more extensive, and our creek has increased to a considerable river. Some rain fell in the afternoon, and our hunters killed two cranes  on our way.
Saturday 7th Sept. 1805. a cloudy cold morning. we Set out eairly, and proceeded on down the creek.  our hunter came up who Stayed out last night. had lost his horse. we proceeded on over a plain. the bottoms narrow and considerable of timber large pine and cotton along the creek high mountains  on the Side of the creek which are covred with pitch pine. Some of the highest are covred thick with Snow. one of our hunters killed 2 Deer, which revived us. Some of the hunters killed a goose & a crain Several fessents and a hawk. Several Small Showers of rain in the course of the day. the valley gitting wider the creek larger. the plain Smooth and dry. the Soil verry indifferent. we Came 18 miles this day and Camped on the bank of the Creek. we passed Several creeks and branches  which run into the main creek this day. one of our hunters did not join us this evening. a little rain. our course this day is generally N. west.
Saturday September 7th We had a cold, Cloudy morning.— We set out early and proceeded on, we went down the Creek that we had encamped on. The hunter that was out last night returned to us, he had lost his horse, & had killed no game. We proceeded on, and crossed a plain. the bottoms along the Creek are narrow, and had a considerable quantity of Pine & Cotton Wood trees growing on it. On the South side of this Creek, lies high Mountains, which are covered with Pitch Pine. One of our hunters came to us, and had killed 2 deer, Some others of the Hunters also came to us, & had killed 1 Goose 1 Crane several ferrets  & a hawk all of which they brought with them.—
Our party seemed revived at the success that the hunters had met with, however in all the hardship that they had yet undergone they never once complained, trusting to Providence & the Conduct of our Officers in all our difficulties. We had several small showers of Rain in the course of the day. As we pursued our Journey we found the Valleys getting wider & the Creek larger & the plain smooth & dry, but the Soil very indifferent. We came 18 Miles this day, and encamped on the bank of the same Creek, that we had encamped on Yesterday. We passed during this days Journey several Creeks, & branches which run into the creek where we now are.— One of our hunters did not join us this evening, our course during this day has been generally North West.—