Mules Over the River

By: danitacahill

Feb 19 2012

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Category: Animals, Horses, Photography, Photojournalism, Rural Photography, Water


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And here’s the answer as to what the mules and the wagon train entourage did once they reached the banks of the river – they crossed the Willamette River outside of Jefferson, Oregon on the Buena Vista Ferry.

I drove ahead of the wagon train, parked my car and rode across the ferry on foot. (No charge for pedestrians). I waited on the other side for the mule crossing. On the sloped grassy river bank was the best vantage point for photos.

It was worth the wait. I may never see a wagon train cross a ferry again in my lifetime, let alone record it.

On the opposite side, members of a saddle club were preparing a BBQ lunch at a nearby park for the wagon train and posse members. They invited me to join them.

Being a freelance journalist definitely has its perks!

Please click the back arrow button to see my last several posts with more photos and stories on this assignment.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


7 comments on “Mules Over the River”

  1. Nancy said on my Facebook link,”That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing.”

  2. You are welcome, Nancy. Thanks for taking a look!

  3. What did they do in olden days when there was no ferry? Did they cross at shallower points (if there is such a thing) or did they build barges or something? I’ve loved ‘watching’ the reenactment, thanks for sharing!

  4. I pressed this one on my blog Donkey Whisperer Farm.

  5. Cool! Love this post!!!

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