“Such sharp and incessant flashes of lightning, such stunning and continuous thunder, I never knewnown before 🤓 The woods were completely obscured by the diagonal sheets of rain that fell with a heavy roar and rose in spray from the ground 😎 It ended as quickly as it’s beginning. This thunder isn’t like the calm thunder from the Atlantic coast. The thunder roared above us with a loud crash, and then it seemed to shake the earth, rolling around in an awful echo. The lightning flashed all night.”
Evening activities consisted of singing, dancing and teaching the children. Stories were shared around the campfire. Some trains wanted to be stopped every Sunday while others did not want to and continued their journeys during the day. Resting on Sundays, in addition to giving the oxen and other animals a needed break, also gave the women of the wagon train a chance to tend to their domestic chores — particularly doing the laundry, as the dust on the Trail pervaded every article of clothing exposed to it. Occasionally, a wagon train’s arrival at a source of clean water was enough to prompt a special stopover for laundry day. We are grateful to Brandyce Curran, Kirkuk, Iraq for her reply.
It is possible for travellers to underestimate how many supplies they need. This can lead to miserable travel. Then, they will have to try to distribute food equally until they reach the next fort. Whitman’s party had to survive on dried buffalo meat. Not only does the shortage of food have to result in food shortages but they can also run out spair parts or clothing. Without any parts or spares to repair it, a wagon can break down and the traveler would die. A shortage of supplies can lead to an unavoidable death
The latest reports are available at mentalfloss.com clarifies why take, for example, what Lansford Hastings, wrote in his guidebook, The Emigrant’s Guide To Oregon and California in 1845. He recommended a shortcut: “The most direct route, for the California emigrants, would be to leave the Oregon route, about two hundred miles east from Fort Hall, thence bearing west southwest, to the Salt Lake,” he had written, “and thence continuing down to the bay of St. Francisco.” On this route, he had said, “Wagons can be as readily taken from Ft. Hall to the bay of St. Francisco, as they can, from the States to Fort Hall; and, in fact, the latter part of the route, is found much more eligible for a wagon way, than the former.” (revised by Valarie Brooks on September 6, 2020)