July 17, 1841

Saturday, 17th. Traveled about 5 miles — still on Sweet Water.

Not all days are exciting. Plenty of days on the trail were humdrum — travel a few miles, hunt for game, try to preserve some meat, take care of the animals, keep going. It was a hot, dirty, sweaty, hungry business, but with magnificent scenery.

Albert Bierstadt — The Oregon Trail

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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