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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: Aug 10, 2020
Date: Sun, Aug 30th, 2020
Start: Near Indigo Springs
End: Stoney Cove, Hills Ck Lake
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 174.0
Entry Visits: 117
Journal Visits: 5,033
Guestbook Views: 426
Guestbook Entrys: 7
Lost wagon Train 1853
Reasonable night and on trail at 7. First stop was Indigo Springs. Essentially a full fledged creek issues forth out of the side of the mountain. Very impressive. Many of the pioneers in 1853 would have stopped here. Quite a number of old growth trees and it is likely the Pollocks (my wifes relatives) saw these too as they passed by.
My main goal was to head further down stream to Big Pine Open where it is known that many wagons congregated on account of the meadow providing forage for their animals.
I decided to take the Middle Fork Trail that runs along the Willamette River. I was rewarded with a great trail, ancient forest, and occasional glimpses of old wagon road.
In 1866 a military wagon road was constructed along this route. A lot of the military road used the wagon trail forged by the 1853 group, but not all of it. So several times the trail I was on was obviously the military road. It was banked and graded for instance. But every once in a while I would cross an old track in thick woods that was narrower and overgrown and it made me wonder if it wasn't a little piece of the 1853 train's work.
I had lunch at Big Pine Open and tried to imagine the chaos of braying animals and conversations among dozens of wagons parked here.
After lunch I left the slower trail and walked the road for about 12 miles to Hills Creek Lake (Reservoir). A dam backs up the Middle Fork here for many miles. I will be walking the shore road for half a day tomorrow. In 1853 this was a tangle of streams, Marsh, and willows. Still tough going even as the pioneers were being rescued by the folks from the Valley.
The journey is the reward...
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit
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