Oregon Trail Journal
By: Amanda Tegner
We came across the Missouri River today and had a couple choices on how to get across. Our choices were to float across and hope nothing in our wagon falls off or pay $25 to cross the river on the ferry. I decided to go on the ferry just to make sure I would make it safely. Everyone else in my wagon train made it, too, even the ones who floated across. After we crossed the river, we found a big field full of game. I used all of my ammunition and shot 15 pounds of fresh meat. During this hunting trip, I, unfortunately, lost my rifle.
We just heard a yelp and we all walked over to check out what the fuss was about. It turns out someone in my wagon train fell out of their wagon. What's even worse is that I'm positive the wagon ran over them after they fell out. Now, this poor person is stuck on getting a makeshift cast for their leg. We helped this poor fellow by putting his leg between two sticks and letting it heal over time. Luckily, this person won't die of infection because we didn't cut open their leg to try to fix it. I'm just glad everyone in my wagon is safe and sound.
Something absolutely horrible happened to me today. I was minding my own business when a scorpion decided my boot would be a great napping place. When I put my boot on, the scorpion stung me. This sting wasn't vital and wasn't going to kill me but it did hurt a lot. I had to ask someone from my wagon train to help me out and suck out the poison, so I wouldn't get infected. This experience wasn't a great one for me because I had to watch someone cut open my leg and then suck poison out. Also, today we were faced with another fork in the road. My wagon train decided to take the Massacre Canyon Trail because it is supposedly was the fastest.
Sadly, I woke up this morning and Ashton is dead. It turns out every member of my wagon train has lost someone to this horrible disease. We have only a week left and all we have to do is make it to the clearing through the mountains. Snow has been falling very heavily lately and we are nervous we won't make it through the mountains in time. If we stay in the mountains when the snow storms hit, we would die. We had a few options today about how we should go through the pass: We could either send a scout ahead and have them check out if we could make it; stay back at the area we are at now, which has shelter, food, and warmth; or we could just risk going ahead. The issue with these options were that if we sent a scout we would lose lots of valuable time; if we stayed back we would miss out on most of the good land; and for the last option we might not make it in time and freeze to death at the pass. My wagon train took the risk of just going for it and prevailed. We have made it to Oregon safely. We weren't the first people to show up but we were very close and got some good land.
South Pass Marker
Bunney, Randy C. South Pass Marker. Digital image.Commons.wikimedia.org. Creative Commons Attribution, 3 Dec. 2003. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_pass_marker2.jpg>.
Oregon Trail Mural
Halvorson, Gary. Oregon Trail Mural. Digital image.Commons.wikimedia.org. Oregon State Archives, 15 Apr. 2012. Web.
Canipe, Steve. Scotts Bluff Wagon. Digital image. Pics4learning.com. N.p., 11 Jan. 2011. Web. <http://pics4learning.com/details.php?img=scottsbluffwagon.jpg>.