National Geographic : 1953 Jun
© National Geographic Society 739 Kodachrome by Ralph Gray, National Geographic Staff The Explorers Sank Canoes and Took to Horse at the Beaverhead's Forks in Montana Up to this point the captains had counted 3,096 grueling water miles. Here Lewis, walking ahead, left a note telling Clark to await him while he went on to buy Indian horses. He returned with a mounted tribe of hungry and capricious Shoshonis, only to find Clark had not arrived. Since the "yellow gentlemen" feared a trap, Lewis gave the chief his gun and said "he might shoot me" if "enimies" appeared. After an uneasy night Clark showed up, and Sacagawea recognized the chief as her brother. On their return trip the explorers recovered their canoes.