This late in the emigration season, the Royces had no reason to expect company, especially headed east. By the next evening, they had neared the mountain crest. I also learned the sources of the gold that the 49's were after. I crouched and picked them up. One of them hammered a piece into a thin sheet. The resulting narrative structure alternates seamlessly between vivid accounts of the 19th-century journey and lucid explanations of the geological events that shaped the landscape traveled. Each is made of a distinct block of basement rock squeezed up.
I must walk toward Oregon, and not toward Europe, he wrote, for that is the way the nation is moving. Supposed to be a great book. They would reach the Carson River. Hard Road West brings their perspective vividly to life, weaving together the epic overland journey of the covered wagon trains and the compelling story of the landscape they encountered. Could have been made better had he brought the actual personalities into it a little bit more. Meldahl uses emigrant writings as well as his personal experiences hiking the trail to illuminate how wayfarers understood and responded to the many topographical challenges of the 2,000-mile journey. I look forward to someday taking this book along on a road trip of the west to reread and see for myself the features of the landscape that the author describes.
I cracked a cold beer in their honor. Long live the Laramide Orogeny! Starting out, I wasn't quite as thrilled with this book as I later became. Crossing the Continental Divide, the emigrants drank for the first time from waters that flow west to the Pacific Ocean. But all elements, no matter their size, have fundamentally the same design—a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by halos of electrons. In the many decades since the great overland trek of American pioneers in the mid-19th century, hundreds of writers have been inspired to tell the story. I figured I'd start with the geology and then move to the people. .
Meldahl only passively, and to the dissappointment of the reader, suggests that the events of the Civil War et al could have been drastically altered without the bravery of so many fortune seekers. There was nothing to do but to press on as fast as possible. About one supernova happens every second in the universe, perhaps one per century in our galaxy alone. Thousands of others braved the malarial swamps of Panama to shortcut across the isthmus. All in all I feel like I better grasp why the Rockies are, excepting now I am wondering what the Ancestral Rockies are. In 1848 news of the discovery of gold in California triggered an enormous wave of emigration toward the Pacific.
That history decreed the courses of rivers—those life-sustaining corridors that determined the routes of the overland trails. He guides us through a corrugated landscape of sawtooth mountains, following the meager streams that served as lifelines through an arid land, all the way to California itself, where colliding tectonic plates created breathtaking scenery and planted the gold that lured travelers west in the first place. West of South Pass, the land becomes less cooperative. Moving west across the Great Plains, the emigrants saw aridity slowly wrap its tendrils around the land. Many emigrant accounts describe the challenging landscape of the western United States and the difficulties encountered in crossing it, but explanations of the origin of that landscape for the general-interest reader have been lacking. They were halfway to California—1,000 more miles to go.
This late in the emigration season, the Royces had no reason to expect company, especially headed east. Unable to explain it for themselves, those seeking gold in California found the formations of rock and cutting rivers both divinely beautiful and devilishly encumbering for their covered-wagon parties. I also learned the sources of the gold that the 49's were after. Ascending the plains -- 4. They narrate events, describe the vast and diverse landscapes they pass through, and document a journey as strange and new to them as it is to many readers today. It was very low at first, and I feared it might evaporate as the sun warmed it.
Hard Road West brings their perspective vividly to life, weaving together the epic overland journey of the covered wagon trains and the compelling story of the landscape they encountered. Crossing the Sierra Nevada was also difficult, as it had the highest and most difficult mountain passes the migrants encountered. Had the people had motives to get across the west, and stories to tell, it would have brought a little more depth to the story. The exhausting backtrack had cost precious travel time. I read this as the first in a stack of western emigrant history books when I got hooked on the time period recently. His accounts of the westward migrations along the California and Oregon trails capture both the thrill of geological discovery and the captivating human history of this unique and magnificent landscape.
But it takes monstrous pressure to do this—pressure far higher than found naturally anywhere on Earth. Long live the Laramide Orogeny! Every supernova enriches its region of the universe with new elements. Between winter's chill brackets -- 3. The rivers left a few scraps, standing today as isolated monuments high above the denuded landscape. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it for those interested in this p Very informative and easy read about the Oregon-California Trail,the gold rush,and the geology of the western U.