Springtime in the Rockies

Avatar Author: FNU LNU I'm 65 and have never written anything more creative than a book report in school or a memo in corporate America. My youngest daughter introduced me to ficly and the character limits are great for me, because I don't nee... Read Bio

We all knew it was going to get cold, but we figured we were well prepared. And, so far, the snow hadn’t slowed us down all that much. We camped about a mile east of the pass, and planned to stay there for two nights so that we could get some rest for the final push.

It started snowing really hard about midnight. The temperature dropped close to zero, and the winds were the strongest we’d encountered yet. The expected 2 nights turned into a week, and we ran out of food a couple of days later. The first two rescue parties that tried to get to us were forced to turn back. Old Jim Reed was the first to die.

That any of us survived is remarkable, and I can’t find the words to describe the misery we endured, or the pain of starvation. A lot of our group’s members were vilified in the press, but I never blamed them. And I do admit that Jacob Donner, who’d died two days before, was starting to look good to me when the 3rd rescue party reached finally reached us.

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  1. Avatar Aurelia

    I like this venture into historical fiction! But your title doesn’t work… Donner party was in the Sierra Nevadas. ;-) Also, check your last sentence — you have “reached” in there twice.

  2. Avatar FNU LNU

    Aurelia, but nobody ever heard of Springtime in the Sierra Nevadas. As for a double dose of “reached”, I was trying out a new syntactical approach in which the adverb is surrounded by the verb. I guess I’m done completely done with that.

  3. Avatar Aurelia

    LOL. Maybe “Springtime in the Rockies” is like a “what could have been” thing — rather than Winter in the Sierra Nevadas when everything turned to shit. Ah, if only they’d gone through the Rockies in springtime…

  4. Avatar Radical Yellow Duck

    I suspected it was the donner party with the line, " we camped about a mile east of the pass."

    It give the expression “Having a friend for lunch” a whole new meaning.

    Any hoo. Love historical references. bravo.