“We had better go slow about getting in among trees,” announced Phil. “We might become hopelessly lost.”
“Then what do you propose to do?” 长沙桑拿论坛交流 demanded Ben. “Go back?”
“I’m sure I don’t know. I am willing to leave it to Dave and Roger. They know a great deal more about this section of the country than we do.”
“We don’t know much about this particular piece of ground we are on right now,” answered the senator’s son. “I can’t remember that I was ever in this vicinity before.”
“Nor I,” added Dave. “Ever since we left the place where 长沙桑拿网 we had our lunch this noon, the trail has been a strange one to me. Just the same, I think we have been heading in the general direction 160of the construction camp. For all we know, it may be right on the other side of these big woods.”
Dave brought out 长沙桑拿都有什么服务 his pocket compass, and he and Roger inspected it carefully by the light from a match. Then the two talked the matter over for several minutes.
“I’ll tell you what I think about it,” declared our hero finally. “I think the best thing we can do is to skirt the woods instead of going through them.”
“I’m sure it would be safer,” added Phil.
To skirt the edge of the forest, they had to leave the trail entirely and pick their way as best they could among the rocks and brushwood. Soon the horses hesitated about going forward, and then they had to dismount and lead the animals.
“If we can’t locate the camp after we get around the edge of the woods, what are we going to do?” questioned Roger of our hero in a low voice, so that the others who were coming on behind might not hear.
“I’m sure I don’t know, Roger,” was the unsatisfactory reply.
“We’ve got to do something, Dave. We can’t 长沙桑拿体验stay out here all night.”
“Oh, yes, we can if we have to. If it becomes 161necessary to do so, we can go into camp, light a fire, and broil some of those bear steaks.”
“Yes, we could do that. And bear steaks wouldn’t be half bad, seeing how hungry I am getting,” returned the senator’s son. “But just the same, I’d rather get back to our camp to-night.”
CHAPTER XVI WAITING FOR LETTERS
The five chums continued on their way around the edge of the forest. All were in a sober frame of mind, for each realized that, for all they knew, they might be hopelessly lost on the mountainside. Presently the sharp decline came to an end, and then all of them leaped once more into the saddle.
“Look!” exclaimed Dave presently. “Am I right? Is that a light ahead?”
All gazed in the direction he indicated, and presently made out a small light which was swinging to and fro as it seemed to draw closer.长沙桑拿会所
“I believe that’s some one with a hand lantern!” cried Roger. “Maybe it’s a man on horseback with a lantern to light
The five chums noted in what direction the light was headed, and then turned the horses toward the same point. Soon they came so close that they could call to the other party, and they set up a shout.
“Hello, Porter! Hello, Morr! Is that 163you?” came an answering hail. And then the light seemed to come to a halt.
“It must be one of the fellows from our camp!” exclaimed Dave. “And if that is so, we can’t be very far from one of the regular trails.”
He urged his steed forward with the others following, and soon they came face to face with a man named Dan Morrison, who had charge of one of the section gangs at the camp. To this individual our friends explained the situation, and received the information that they were on a side trail which, half a mile farther on, ran into 长沙桑拿论坛网 the regular trail leading 长沙桑拿攻略 to the construction camp.