August 31, 1841

Tuesday, 31st. No success hunting.

“No success hunting” is not good. They have probably used up most of the supplies that they brought with them — flour, beans, bacon. They have to live off the land, dependent on the food that they can shoot or catch. And there is not much to find.

Jimmy John didn’t bother to write in his journal during the week that they spend at Tenmile Spring, other than to note that “There is neither rain nor dew here this season of the year. We have had no rain since we left the Platte river.” That’s typical for the American West, but not what they are accustomed to.

Here is an aerial photo of Tenmile Spring today, from the Bidwell Trail website.

Tenmile spring.by Roy D. Tea

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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