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I love Alcove Spring. I am so happy we are staying here. This is a great break from riding the Oregon Trail. There are so many things for us to do here. I went swimming. It was so nice. It was very relaxing. I wish we had the opportunity to do this every day. Then we would be less hot. The water was actually fresh. And because it was clean water, we cleaned our cloths. I also did a lot of string games, of cats cradle. It was so much fun, and really relaxing. We also had really delicious lunch. We went picking for berries. There were very delicious.The men caught a rabbit in the morning. So we made stew, it included potatoes and other vegetable. Usually we have left overs. We even made a apple cobbler for dessert. It is also good that we stopped be cause are animals need rest. When we continue on the trail are animals will be pulling us farther and all the other animals will be catching us to us. Why don't we settle here? Who needs Oregon?!
Earth water is 97.24% salt water. A lot of it is under ground, in the great lakes, and in ice.
.001 percent of earths fresh water is in the air.
.01 percent of earth fresh water is on the surface.
.61 percent of earth fresh water is on the ground.
2.14 percent of the earth fresh water is ice water.
I was so shocked. The percents that Mr. Solarz shared with is were very different from my prediction. I had no idea the numbers were going to be so low. I thought they were going to be higher like in the 20% but I was very wrong. There is only 2.761% of fresh water in the world. Who knew that there was so little fresh water in the world. Considering that all of the water we drink is fresh, I was blown away to realize how little there actually is. Salt water powers and takes the lead over fresh water. I wonder is there is a way to turn some of the worlds salt water int to fresh water. This was one of the most exciting and shocking experiments I have ever done.
Second Skype with Yellow Stone National Park
I Skyped with a ranger at Yellowstone national park. I thought this was very interesting. I learned about the things that will occur and happens in Yellowstone national park. My favorite part was the hot springs. The heat made them change color. This was a cool skype. I really learned a lot.
There are so many things that will be needed to make the trip. Pumpkins will rot, meat will be attracted to by animals, and these are only a few of the problems. Our group has had many debates. For example, what to bring and how many to bring. We settled on a prairie schooner. Schooner means sailboat. People thought that the wagons looked like sailboats when they would drive along the horizon. Most settlers carried a rifle and hunting knife for killing and dressing animals. This is only some of the equipment our group has settled on. Gimlet, ax, hammer, shovel, whetstone, oxbows, 6 axles, 2 kingbolts, 5 spokes, 1 wagon tongue, 5 heavy ropes, 2 chains.On the trail we will need many different kinds of food. I had no idea that we would need this many items on our trip. Especially food. Here is a list of what we will need on our trip and how much we will need. We will need flour (600 lbs.), bacon ( 400 lbs.), coffee (60 lbs.), baking soda, corn meal, hardtack, dried beans, dried fruit, dried beef, molasses, vinegar, pepper, eggs, salt, sugar (100 lbs.), rice, and tea (4 lbs.). And this is only a some of the food. This is a portion of what we will and have picked up and the Mercantile store. I have heard that this is what many other wagons and groups are taking with them as well. One thing that suprised me was how many of each item we were going to need. I had no idea that we were going to need a dutch oven, kettle, skillet, reflector oven, coffee grinder, teapot, butcher knife, ladle, tin tableware, water keg, matches. These are typical things to find in a home, but it seems like a lot to be bringing on the trail. I am pretty sure we will be having a heavy wagon.
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This was such a fun and interesting skype. I really learned a lot about the problems that will accrue during our trip down the Oregon Trail. We will be expecting many things and will know how to treat them. I am so glad and happy that Richard Chapman took time to explain and talk to us about the Oregon Trail.