May 18, 1997
Location: North Platte, Nebraska - Location: 41:07:26N 100:45:54W Elevation: 2800 feet
Summary: Sunday, May 18, 1997 (Bright Day. 90 degrees)
Journal entry: [Translated by Hajime Nakagawa]
The sunlight was glaring today. We had sacrament at 10:30 A.M. in the camp. It was agreeable to do this on an open field, but because sunlight was so glaring, I attended it with a bottle of water. I really felt that my strength had declined because of the heat. I wandered about the camp to look for the shade, but places which looked cool were already taken by somebody, so I couldn't relax easily. As the inside of our tent had became like a greenhouse, it was impossible to stay there. When the wind decreased, the weather became stuffy.
My children, Yuji and Koji, bathed in the Platte River as they did yesterday. This river has a depth of about a waist height and flows slowly. The banks of the river are reedy like Hokkaido's in Japan. To stay cool my children spent time gathering colorful sands of the river. It was also a busy day today with interviewers from the mass media, and a man - a return Mormon missionary who served in Japan - and his family visiting us. I spent the day acting as a guide explaining to our visitors our trek.