In addition to visiting the Job Carr Cabin in Tacoma, we checked out its traveling trunk.
The trunk is a treasure trove of books, timelines, wagon models and supplies, and more.
The Seabury first through fourth graders had a chance to play with the models and had to make some tough choices.
What to bring, what to leave behind - so many decisions!
It was like putting together a puzzle.
So many things we might need along the way
and when we get to Oregon.
What if we put things in the trunk?
Is this important to bring?
What is it?!
Let's put food in the trunk.
We'll probably need a lantern.
These girls decided to leave these things behind, including the piano.
We're learning to listen to one another.
How do we attach the oxen?
Let's try fitting it all in!
Not sure how this will travel across the rough trail.
Let's try putting the cover on.
If you could bring one extra thing that is special, what would you bring?
Ms Foss would bring her grandmother's cookbook that has "3000 secrets for the home, farm, laboratory, workshop, and every department of human endeavor."
What special thing would you bring on the trip? Here are a few of the things we listed in our diaries.
- my grandma's sand dollar necklace
- my great grandma's charm bracelet
- a clothesline
- my teddy bear blanket
- my diary
- my cat
- my poke-a-dot blanky
- my hospital tools
- horses and cows and dogs and cats and ducks
We are each part of a wagon group and have chosen a character to be. We have begun to write our first-person accounts in our journals.
Each group has done the last minute shopping and packing.
We hope we have everything we'll need!
Note that this group chose to buy the larger conestoga wagon for $250. Most groups chose the smaller emigrant wagon for $150 to save money. They also chose to buy 2 oxen for $25 at the last minute, a deal too good to pass up.
Will $69.64 be enough for the rest of the trip?
AND OFF WE GO!