The boys now set out for home. The Indians soon set out in pursuit but the Wetzel boys eluded them. They crossed the Ohio River on a raft they had made. They finally dragged themselves back into their village clearing to the amazement of their family.
This event marked a new turn in Lewis' life.
He now spent his every waking moment in perfecting his skills as an Indian fighter. He became an expert shot and extremely adept with the tomahawk and hunting knife. He also perfected another skill that was rare indeed on the frontier - he was able to load, prime and shoot his long rifle while running at full speed through the forest.