October 12, 1841

Tuesday, 12th. Traveled about 4 miles upstream, and encamped, understanding our Indian (having hired another pilot) that it would be a long day’s travel to water, after leaving the creek.

Why leave the creek? The creek they are on is the Walker River, which makes a long arc northward and then south. The company plans to leave the river and cut across the hills to rejoin the river further to the west. How they were able to understand this plan from their Indian guide is anyone’s guess.

At any rate, this short 4-mile trek and camp by the river will give their animals time to rest and graze before heading out over waterless terrain.

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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