Our Huff Wagon Train Diary
Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Big Lake to Six Mile Waterhole Camp

From: Aaron, Derek, Houston, Mike, Ronnie, Savino

We spent the night at Reagan County Middle School. We slept in the gym and so we got to play basketball and had LOTS of fun. Breakfast was prepared by the school cafeteria and it was great -- eggs, sausage and toast and homemade cactus jelly!

We loaded up the buses and then we unloaded the buses. There was so much luggage that we had to repack into the trailer. The ride was long and some people took the time to sleep. The trip took us from Big Lake to near Fort McKavett. We've now moved from the desert to the Texas Hill Country. Now we are seeing green grass and trees, lots of rocks and big ponds.

We pulled into our new camp and ate lunch. Each Texas student was assigned a wagon and was briefed on safety. The wagon trip led us to the Six Mile Lake. It was where Mr Huff rested on his wagon train. The trip gave the new students a taste of the wagons. Houston got to drive the mules. The ride was bumpy but fun. The driver gets a smoother ride because there are springs under the seat. We unhitched the mules and led them to the corral.

We assembled in the barn to introduce ourselves and study the diary. Mr Coate showed us a new clue to the authenticity of the diary. For example several things in the diary were published elsewhere such as newspapers and other diaries. We are also puzzled by the leaf and flower left pressed in the pages of the diary. We don't know why they are in there or how long they've been there. The new kids started their journals and plotted the revolutions of a wagon wheel on a trip.

We had a lovely dinner of pasta, salad and dutch oven rolls that were delicious. We set up our cots with great care and are preparing for the next day. Our first day was tiring -- even though we didn't stay outside all day. We're looking forward to tomorrow's visit to Fort McKavett.

Aaron: The wagon train was very bumpy but it was very fun and I will look forward to doing it again tomorrow.

Derek: I was sleepy but I still had a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to driving the mules!

Houston: It was a hectic learning process and maybe people were a little anxoius but after the wagon train we felt more at home as we slipped into the group.

Mike: My desire to see home and my family increases every day. I'm counting the days until the return journey. Yet I'm surprised that I'm not as homesick as I thought I would be.

Ronnie: I'm having a great time and to my family I'll be home soon. I really miss you.

Savino: I got to do some of the things I wanted to do like ride in the wagons. I think tomorrow will be fun.


The following is a photo gallery from the trip. If you have questions, please contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us


Credits

This educational project is a partnership venture of Madera Unified School District, Madera, California; the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; the Texas Historical Commission; and the many generous and gracious communities along the route.

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