^^^ Oakley turned 16 while we were up there. Perfect way to celebrate! ^^^
Monday, June 22, 2015
Here we are at 6 AM, loading the bus to catch a ride to Wyoming and then the trail!
We picked a Pioneer ancestor to walk for during the week and wrote them on leather wristbands. I walked for Abigail Harriet Snow who was Lorenzo Snow's daughter. Jake walked for Peter Howard McBride who was part of the Martin-Willy Handcart Company. He was one of the men who helped carry people across the frozen river and actually passed away that night from exposure. Jake got to share Peter's story when we came to our own river that we needed to cross. Those kind of things hit home. I loved having Abigail's name right on my wrist. Each time I looked down, I would think of her and her strength and faith.
We started at a place called Brigham's Arrow. Brigham Young laid out these stones in a shape of an arrow to show the saints coming across which trail to follow. So we were on the real trail that the Pioneers crossed. We saw graves, a Pony Express stop, and signatures on rocks. Made this experience that much more real.
^^^ Line dancing! ^^^
It amazed me the energy the youth had after a full day of walking.
At lunch one day, they passed out the bread that the pioneers would make with their 1/3 cup of flour, a little honey, and yeast that they had. This would be their meal for the day. When flour sprouts, it becomes a complete protein so this in fact would give them the nutrition they would need to carry on. I see this as a small miracle that the Lord provided. He knew they did not have much, but what they did have was enough protein to get through the day.
Of course, it was great to have Jake on Trek on with me. And he was Mr. Scout--ready with the coolest stuff. He had this spider bungee cord that held everything in on the handcart. Nothing came out of that thing. He also (for Father's Day) had portable solar panels to charge our phones at night (you know, for emergencies). He was seriously the perfect partner for this Trek. Future Scout Master? I think so.
^^^ the solar panels. So high tech. ^^^