09-07-2009 Mon

posted Dec 15, 2012, 9:20 PM by Lynn Cleland   [ updated Dec 15, 2012, 10:55 PM ]
Below Pacific Springs, Miles Unknown

Because of the elevation, the weather is getting much colder at night.  Last night got down to 30 again and it is a struggle all night long to try and stay warm, especially in the nylon tent that Shirley and Gaylyn was using, now that I have lost my canvas tent.

I tried to blaze new ground by being the first with a handcart to travel from Rock Creek Hollow to Pacific Springs but I only got to walk about half of the trail.  I got stopped by the swampy conditions at Willow Creek and couldn’t find a crossing that I could do by myself, so I had to portage my cart around to just east of South Pass and then walk about another 6 miles down the valley, but I have now crossed the Continental Divide and feel that I am getting close to home now that I am on the west slope.  As I crossed Pacific Springs, which is an old stopping place for the pioneers along the route, I found the remnants of an old shoe that belonged to a child.  I also found a piece of porcelyn.

As for my health, the leg and the feet are doing well but for some reason I have a new stabbing pain in a muscle in my shoulder and hip.  I have no idea what that is all about but it is painful when it decides to flare up.  Hernias are the same and I have learned how to deal with those most of the time.  All in all, I can’t expect to feel any better than I do for the circumstances that I am in.  Mentally, well I have always been a little on the edge, but as for the trek, I feel positive about my circumstances of how close I am to home.  Eighteen more days!

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  1. I just read this story in the paper today and then went to your blog. My late husband William Hunt was Tryphena’s grandson. I live here in American Fork Utah and have loved all the things I have found on Sarah. What a woman. Thank you for honoring her in this marvelous way.May you finally get some rest.

    Sincerey Shirley Hunt

    Comment by Shirley Hunt — September 27, 2009 @ 8:52 pm