44. McKinstry September 4, 1850

[Wednesday] "We camped among some fine cottonwoods though we found but little grass. How much more pleasant to be among timber. This was a picturesque spot, our fires lighting up the trunks of the old trees and the high hills around us. We found that our fresh meat was spoiling, so we had to cook over some of it. We had boiled it all and taken out the bone, after jerking all that we could. I want to pack but think that I can not stand it. Lately I do not feel as well as formerly - my knees are weak, have pains in the bones of my legs, in short have no power or disposition to stir, and walk with difficulty."