The Oregon Trail
By Mason Clark
We continued on our way singing songs and laughing. We arrived at a nice shaded spot and had some lunch of dried beef and fruit. We also found some game so we decided to hunt to top off our supply of food. We all ended up getting a few squirrels, nothing to exciting. As we left the spot we ran into some Tsu Indians. They wanted to gamble with us so we sent our best gambler out to gamble with them, our wagon leader. He won the games and we all got $25. The rest of the day was uneventful and nothing much happened. I guess I'll save some of this paper for some more interesting things.
We were riding slowly looking for a good place to rest when we came across some Indians. Luckily our wagon train leader is a pastor and quite friendly to Indians so we were able to pass through their land safely and they even gave us some blankets and ammunition. As we pressed on we soon came across a river and we had two choices, ford the river, or take the ferry. We decided that it would be safer to take the ferry for the price of $45. We safely landed on the other side of the river and kept going to Oregon! We soon found a good place to rest and hunt for some meat. I decided to hunt so I could make sure I would have enough meat for the long trail ahead. I had a misfire and accidentally shot one of my water barrels (thanks obama). I was now down to only 1 water barrel for my family of 4. After we hunted we kept on going and we came to a fork. We could either take the more direct route through Indian burial grounds, people were known to go in but never come out. Or we could take a safer route around the burial grounds but that would take longer. We decided to live on the edge and take the burial grounds.
We soon find a place where we can hunt, and I decide to take my chances again and see if I am a better shot than I was yesterday. I end up bringing in 30 pounds of buffalo. It will greatly help us on our way to Oregon. We are running out of water but there is no clean water to drink. We are tasked with trying to filter the water so we don't get cholera. We safely filter the water and boil it multiple times and nobody gets sick. After we ford a river our bad luck catches up with us. Swaggy McPumpernickel and Guildersleeve McDoogle are both shot by Indian arrows. Luckily the wound isn't fatal, but I have a weird feeling that we aren't going to make it all the way to Oregon. I decide not to tell anybody about my anxieties. We pass through a fort before we continue along the trail to collect some extra supplies. We need water and food badly because this is the last fort before Oregon. While we are their we send out a few of us to ask some questions about the trail ahead. We learn that their is 4 trails all more treacherous than the last. Even though I am strongly against it, we decide to pick the fastest route, which also happens to be the most dangerous.
We have one last obstacle. We have to cross a mountain range before we can get to Oregon. We have a very important choices though, we can either rush the snow pass before winter, send scouts out to see if it is clear, go back to paradise valley, or stay where we are. The excitement of being so close gets to us and we rush the snow pa.......
The Covered Wagon of the Great Western Migration
The Covered Wagon of the Great Western Migration. Digital image. Flickr, n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
Oregon Trail Map. Digital image. Flickr, n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.
People on the Oregon Trail