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Old 03-13-2012, 09:42 PM   #99
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Originally Posted by byways View Post
To think what lay ahead for the emigrants ... the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Snake River Plain, the Great Basin, the High Sierra ...
What's amazing was the timing required to get across the Sierra once you'd crossed the Great Basin. Early emigrants had such a small window of opportunity to cross. I sat for a moment near where the Donner Party spent the winter. It's a really pretty place in the summer. I cannot imagine what it would be like in a tent for the winter.
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