September 15, 1853

Thursday the 15th. This morning is as cool as a November morning and the cloaks and overcoats are not uncomfortable. Nine miles and we come to the forks of the road and Cedar Spring, the left leading to Rock Creek, the other to John Days River. About 5 miles distant we took the right hand it being the nearest, and reached the river about 3 o’clock, crossed and drove up a long rocky and sandy canyon one and one-half miles long and 1 1/2 miles on the left hand road and camped. The road forks at the top of this canyon the left hand leading to Oregon City over the Cascade Mountains, the right to the Dalles the head of Steamboat Navigation, 46 miles.

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