Oregon Trail Journal: The sudden snow storm
surprised us all.
I woke late at night. It was cold so I grabbed my extra
blanket. Then I went back to sleep. When I woke up the
next morning there was snow up to our ankles.
"It's freezing," I complained.
Uncle Bill gave us his blanket and told us to huddle
together. I got warmer but I was still cold, so was Ocow.
Uncle Bill kept one. We decided to put on all our
clothes. We weren't cold then.
Uncle Bill caught a cold. I hope he gets better soon. We
wanted to stop but he said, "What's the point. It'll
be warmer at Oregon." I hope he is right, because
One day I got
up and there was a snowstorm outside. I was cold and
scared. It also was weird because it was a sudden change
and we weren't ready for it at all. So what we did was
put our clothes on and wrapped our selfs with blankets. I
hope it won't get worse.
One day on the Oregon Trail it was nice and
sunny all day. But during the night it was a blizzard. We
were so cold! There was not much grass for the oxen to
eat. The snow was too deep to travel in. For water we
would have to melt the snow. We would have to hope it
We just got walked out of the wagon. All of a sudden I
realized that a dust storm had begun. I woke up Donny,
Jake and of course sleep head Luke. I tell them the news
and tell them that we will have to hold tight until the
storm blows over. Me and Jake ran out of the wagon to tie
the wagon to the ground so we don't get blown over. We
rush back in and say, "You can't see a thing. The
winds are really blowing." I did not expect it to be
this bad. We will wait for it to blow over.
As we woke up it was snowing hard. As I looked out the
wagon's windows, snow was already starting to cave up
around the wagon. I woke up my dad to tell him we were
starting to cave in. He told us to get our warmest
clothes on so we could go clear some of the snow away
from the wagon. After a while of digging I told him my
hands were cold. But he told me we will only be out there
for a little while longer. I told him I couldn't stand it
any more. As I took my gloves off I saw I had frost bite.
I called my dad over. He told me to go inside and warm my
hands up. I was so scared I thought I was going to lose
my hands or something.
Can you believe it in the middle of June there was a huge
snow storm! I got kinda scared because there was snow up
to my knees! I had to go get fire wood and I almost got
lost!!! It was hard to sleep that night because the oxen
kept moaning and because it was freezing. Everyone had to
sleep close together to stay warm. Billy Bob Joe had to
sleep in the wagon with us because it was so cold out. If
he was to sleep underneath then he would have frozen to
death. A lot of people died, but nobody from our wagon.
Note: At the
end of each day's travels, the overlanders neatly fold
and stack their clothing in the wagon bed to be ready for
the next day's journey.
garb has been accumulating for several years. If you have
"Pioneer Type Clothing" we would appreciate
We weren't expecting a
blizzard, but we got one all the same. I'll Tell ya, it
was the first one we had that we had ta sleep in them
wagons. I knew they was useful for something other than
carrying the furniture. It was so cold, Jim got some
buffalo fur for coats to stay warm.
Today while we were traveling on the Oregon Trail we saw
snow clouds creeping up behind us. We went to go tell a
grown-up about the clouds and they told us to get in the
wagon and bundle up as a big snow storm is coming. We did
what we were told. About five minutes later I looked
outside and a huge blizzard started. It was so bad that
our driver couldn't see where he was going! We all
decided to stop and wait until the blizzard died out. The
wind was blowing so hard that we couldn't even start a
fire. We weren't even sure if we would make it through
the night. But when my family awoke the blizzard had died
down but it was still lightly snowing. We were all OK but
all we had to worry about was finding food for the oxen!
There was a big storm last night. Lightning hit the wagon
and it blew up. We were all OK but it was scary. We are
happy that no body got hurt.
A bear tried to attack us too. But no body got hurt.
A couple weeks ago there was a sudden snow storm in the
mountains. It was horrible. In the evening we went to bed
just as usual. In the middle of the night Ma woke up
trying to shout over the winds.
"Get your warmest
clothes on! No, wait put on lots of your clothes in
layers. Grab all the extra blankets and huddle close
together," said Ma.
By this time my little
sister Mary Ann had burst into tears. Ma held her close
and tried to quiet her. I couldn't fall back asleep
because of the roaring winds. I watched Uncle John try to
keep the animals safe, but ther were so rowdy. Uncle John
stopped trying and came back inside the wagon.
"We'll never make it
through. Even if we do we'll never find some of our
livestock. They broke their harnesses and ran off."
Said Uncle John.
"All we can do is hope
for the best." Ma said.
Last night was the worst storm on the whole
trip. It felt like 20 degrees. It was so cold. Our oxen
were freezing and our supplies froze. It was not a good
morning. We got off to a bad start and by noon three
people had died. It was the worst day of our trip.
We woke up this morning. It was freezing. We had to go
into the fort and buy warm clothes. We were praying for
heat. My son is so cold he can barely move. My daughters
are handling it fine. I made eggs for breakfast.
Some of us stayed in the
wagon for heat
My son has a cold. Poor thing drank one gallon of coco.
He sneezes a lot. It should be gone in a week. My friend
hates the snow. W hope we will get to Oregon safely.