|April 27, 1806
This morning we were detained untill 9 A.M. in consequence of the absence of one of
this Cheif by name Yel-lept! had visited us on the morning of the 19 of October at our
encampment a little below this place; we gave him at that time a small medal, and promised
him a larger one on our return. ... Yellept haranged his village in our favour intreated
them to furnish us with fuel and provision and set the example himself by bringing us an
armfull of wood and a platter of 3 roasted mullets.
... we purchased four dogs ...
(New route) ... we knew that a road in that direction if the country would permit it
would shorten our rout at least 80 miles.
April 27, 1806
This morning was cloudy with some light showers of rain; and about 9 o'clock we
proceeded on through the plains, accompanied by a great many of the natives. Some light
showers of rain fell at intervals during the day; and after halting about 2 hours we
continued our journey to sunset, when we came to a large village of mat-lodges, belonging
to a band of the Wal-la-wal-las, who have encamped here on the north side of the river.
Here we remained all night, and the natives were good enough to supply us with some
faggots of brush, they ahd gathered in the plains from the sage bushes, which grow in
great abundance on some aprts of these plains and are very large.
April 27, 1806
a little rain fell the latter part of last night. we Set out as usal and proceed.
on Soon passd. a Small village of 3 lodges then assended a high plain where we Saw
an extensive country around us & not a tree to be Seen came about 20 miles
before we halted & delayed a Short time eat a little dry meat & let our
horses feed a Short time and proceed on about 5 miles further and arived at a large
village of the wal-a-wal tribe, at the commencement of a low barron Smooth country where
we Camped [Opposite and below the mouth of the Walla Walla River]
bought a fat dog to each mess. these natives are numerous their is another village
on the opposite Side of the river & a great number of horses. we get different
kinds of roots and fresh Salmon trout & Suckers & c. all these Savages are
glad to See us and appear verry friendly.--