The morning of Powell's departure was, like nearly all Arizona mornings, clear and beautiful; I could see him and his little pack animals picking their way down the mountainside toward the valley, and all during the morning I would catch occasional glimpses of them as they topped a hog back or came out upon a level plateau.
Some half hour later I happened to glance casually across the valley and was much surprised to note three little dots in about the same place I had last seen my friend and his two pack animals. I am not given to needless worrying, but the more I tried to convince myself that all was well with Powell, and that the dots I had seen on his trail were antelope or wild horses, the less I was able to assure myself.
I left the ship at the first port we came to, not feeling at ease upon the sea after all that had happened to me by reason of it, and having disposed of my ivory for much gold, and bought many rare and costly presents, I loaded my pack animals
, and joined a caravan of merchants.
At the appointed time our business committee reported, and said all things were in readdress--that we were to start to-day, with horses, pack animals
, and tents, and go to Baalbec, Damascus, the Sea of Tiberias, and thence southward by the way of the scene of Jacob's Dream and other notable Bible localities to Jerusalem--from thence probably to the Dead Sea, but possibly not--and then strike for the ocean and rejoin the ship three or four weeks hence at Joppa; terms, five dollars a day apiece, in gold, and every thing to be furnished by the dragoman.
It is certain that the gulch was at one time pretty thoroughly prospected by miners, who must have had some means of getting in with at least pack animals
carrying tools and supplies; their profits, apparently, were not such as would have justified any considerable outlay to connect Macarger's Gulch with any center of civilization enjoying the distinction of a sawmill.
"Dogs are by nature pack animals
. Despite what we think they are unable to think in human terms.
There you will see early 20th-century images of indigenous peoples from all over the world being used as pack animals
: over-burdened, badly clothed, underpaid and taking absurd risks on behalf of their pioneering paymasters.
They are pack animals
with an instinctive sense of social order.
Llamas are also used as pack animals
that can carry up to 100 pounds.
But these villagers were unruffled when two of the 6ft South American pack animals
took a stroll down the street.
Unfortunately pack animals
are unable to defend their good name for themselves against such verbal abuse.
Dogs are pack animals
; they love company and hunt for a living.