Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
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Wendy Westergard Journals

April 29, 1997

Location: Genoa, Nebraska - Location: 41:26:55N 97:43:49W Elevation: 1580 feet

Summary: In Genoa, Nebraska

Journal entry: We arrived in Genoa, Nebraska at lunch time. When we arrived it became a beautiful day. The sun was shinning and we were running around camp barefoot. I rode a pony bareback. It was fun. I ride a lot better than I remembered. Matt (a camp jack) was riding one of the other ponies as well. He didn't fare as well. When the ponies started to trot, he held on for dear life. He was slipping and sliding all over the pony's back. He almost fell off. He was yellin' and hollerin'. He thought he was going to die. It was a funny sight to behold.

About 7 p.m. that night it started to rain heavily, along with strong winds. The nice people of Genoa said the tent people could use their barn to bunk down in for the night. It was a great way to meet people on the train. It was a party in the top part of the barn. We sang songs, played the guitar and violin. We even played some card games. Parts of the roof of the barn leaked. We didn't care; we were so gratetful to not be out in the weather facing the elements. There was even a tornado warning that night!! We didn't know about that until the morning.

The next morning we pulled out around 7:15 a.m. to a cold and wet day. Most people's spirits were still high. We still found some time to sing on the wagons in the afternoon. signing off.