Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two Million Visits!
Hi Everybody! I am Little Mavicito. Together with my good friend and Team Member Ms. GQ, we have produced a small video to commemorate our website reaching Two Million Visits! Would you like to see it?

Little Mavicito.

Ms. GQ

8AM - How did the pioneers cross the Mighty Snake River?
While George was sweeping up inside MsTioga, and then doing some outside washing, Little Mavicito was out capturing pics about the pioneers crossing the Snake River.

These pics made us sooooooo curious to find out how the pioneers crossed the mighty Snake River! This morning we are going to visit the Oregon Trail History Center in the nearby state park, and maybe we will find out about how wagons, oxen, horses and pioneers crossed the terribly wide and treacherous Snake River!
History sign about Three Island Crossing.

The pic below was captured on the north side of the Snake River. This is the Three Island Crossing point. The Snake River is soooooo wide! You are looking at the first island in this pic. There is much more Snake River beyond!
Actual pic of Three Island at the crossing point.

1PM - The trials of Three Island Crossing.
We spent a couple of hours in the History Center at Three Island Crossing. And now we have a much better understanding of what went on here back in the pioneer days.

MsTioga is Afternoon Camped in partial shade on this 100°F+ afternoon. After lunch, we will return to tell you of what we learned, OK?

In the meantime, here is a pic of a wagon train actually arriving at the crossing.

Pioneers arriving at Three Island Crossing.

3PM - Fabulous Pioneer Story at the History Center.
This History Center tells the pioneer story as we have never known before. Imagine being here in the months of July & August during the emigration years. Perhaps 15,000 pioneers streamed along the trail in only two months. Year after year!

The pioneers followed the old Indian trails that had been used by the natives for 1000s of years. The impact that the wagons, mules, oxen and people made on the ancient trails was enormous. The trail became a road, with huge ruts so deep that the ruts may be seen to this very day! The pioneers burned all the wood that grew here for fires in order to cook food. When all the wood had been consumed, buffalo dung was burned.

Animals were hunted for food. Including the bison. Until the animals were pretty much gone. How did the Indian people feel about the pioneers? How would you feel if 15,000 RVs descended into your town today?

3:30PM - Moved to a covered park table with Ms. GQ.
It is not the 100°F heat that is difficult inside MsTioga, it is no breeze! We have moved out to a covered park table, and it is sooooooo much better out here. Ms. GQ uses the WiFi provided by Mr. Datastorm to be online and continue our story of the pioneers.

In your wildest dreams, did you ever believe that our pioneers moving west would look anything like this endless stream of wagons in the pic below?
Scene at the "Parting of the Ways!"

Suppose you are living back in the 1840s, and your husband comes home from work one day holding a little book. "Honey!", says your husband, "We're going to Oregon. I know all about it from this book!"

However, everything was not told in the "Emigrants' Guide." In the pic below, is another side of the story. Here you see a wagon tipped over and floating sideways in the current of the Snake River at Three Islands Crossing. One of every ten pioneers died on the trail, many from drowning.
Men on horseback try to recover a tipped wagon.

Are you able to imagine yourself as a pioneer wife living the words of Lodisa Frizzel in the pic below?

5:30PM - Heading west along the Snake River.
Often when making a decision where to go, we "feel" our way by some kind of instinct. Maybe we like to go on the "road less traveled?" So, we headed out on Hwy #30 [instead of Hwy #84].

Soon the road turned to Hwy #78, and we came to a bridge over the Snake River, where we have made our Nite Camp.
Nite Camp on the Snake River.


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