On our journey we discovered all sorts of things. We discovered all sorts of animals. Grizzly bears, bison, mountain lions, prairie dogs, woodpeckers, mountain goats, coyotes, badger, whooping cranes, and badgers are just a few of the hundred animals we discovered. We also discovered over a hundred and fifty plants overall discovering around three hundred plants and animals all together. A lot of these plants we sent back and brought back and were able to use for things like medicine and preserving food. We had also accomplished a lot with the hundreds of Indian tribes we had encountered. Thanks to our translators we were able to establish peace with a lot of them and talk about things like trade.
On March 23, 1806 I showed our fort to the Clatsop Indians who took it over after our harsh rough winter. We had reached our goal and traveled west until we had reached the Pacific Ocean. We began to travel home after two years of exploration. Finally on September 23 we returned home only six months later. We had discovered a quicker route to come home and to everyone we had accomplished our goal of exploration and everyone was proud of us. Two and a half years later we had traveled to the Pacific and back and our findings were unbelievable.
Another couple months have passed. Clark and I have been busy. I helped deliver Sacagawea’s son Pompy as Clark calls him. In April I sent a shipment of the things we are finding out here in the new territory we have. I cannot get over the amount of animals there is out here to eat. We had grizzly bear for the first time in April. We are still headed up the Missouri River. In June we reached big water falls we had to carry all of our gear and canoes. We reached three forks in the Missouri which we named after the president, secretary of state, and secretary of treasury. In August Sacagawea recognized Beaverhead Rock and said we are close to the Shoshone Land. August 12 I discovered that there is no northwest passage. We shortly after ended up at the Shoshone land and Sacagawea noticed the chief as her lost brother. At the end of August we had set out of the Bitterroot mountains. The Shoshone have given us many horses and a mule. In September we crossed over 160 miles of Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. In October we reached the Columbian River which was the last river before the Pacific. We traveled through many passageways and conoed through a lot of rapids before we reached the Pacific. We finally found a spot to set up for another rough winter. The fort for this winter is Fort Clatsop.
In spring of 1803 I Meriwether Lewis began my training to be the leader of the United States expedition of the west. In the summer I began to travel down the Ohio river picking up my old army friend William Clark and a few other people on the way down. Clark and I were going to run this adventure together as partners. We established Camp Wood to stay at for the winter so that we could be off in spring and on May 14 1804 we left Camp Wood to make our way up the Missouri River. We met with many Indians along the way and during September reached apart of the United States (Great Plains) where we noticed animals no one has ever seen before. We continued on our journey meeting more and more Indians but managing for the most part to avoid conflict. Around November 4, 1804 we came across a Canadian man Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea to help us communicate with the Indians during our journey. Near the end of December we found ourselves setting up a winter camp Fort Mandan.