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In the Bitterroot Mountains

from Songs of Lewis & Clark by Sara Bouchard



Clark: September 14th Thursday [NB: Saturday] 1805 /
Wednesday [NB: Sunday] Septr. 15th 1805

In the Valies it rained and hailed,
on the top of the mountains Some Snow fell.
We set out early and proceeded on
Down the right Side of [NB: Koos koos kee] River
over Steep points rockey & buschey as usial
for 4 miles to an old Indian fishing place.

Here the road leaves the river to the left
and assends a mountain
winding in every direction
to get up the Steep assents
& to pass the emence quantity of falling timber
which had [been] falling from dift. causes
i e fire & wind.

Several horses Sliped and roled down
[the] Steep hills which hurt them verry much.
The one which Carried my desk & Small trunk
Turned over & roled down a mountain
for 40 yards & lodged against a tree,
broke the Desk the horse escaped
and appeared but little hurt.

After two hours delay
we proceeded on up the mountain
Steep & ruged as usial,
more timber near the top,
when we arrived at the top
As we Conceved we could find no water
and Concluded to Camp
and make use of the Snow we found on the top
to cook the remnt. of our Colt.

[The] evening verry Cold and Cloudy.
[The men] much fatigued
& horses more So
Two of our horses gave out,
pore and too much hurt to proceed on,
nothing killed to day except 2 Phests.

From this mountain I could observe
high ruged mountains in every direction as far as I could See.


from Songs of Lewis & Clark, released November 8, 2008


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Sara Bouchard Richmond, Virginia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE. ... more

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