Jun 7, 2012

Pioneer Trek 2012 - Day 2

After a cold night, (probably around 55 degrees, yeah I am a wimp and shivered for two hours, until the air mattress deflated, then I was on the hard ground, but warmer) I woke up around 5:30 AM and got up and started a fire. After breakfast of oatmeal and fruit and milk (I ate Pop-Tarts I had stashed away in the car, as oatmeal for breakfast is the bane of my existence), we loaded into vehicles and drove about 1.5 hours to Martin's Cove.

We loaded up the handcarts and started the hike.

We went about 2 miles, then set down the handcarts and walked to the Dan Jones Cove where the handcart saints had weathered high winds and sub zero temperatures, since there wasn't enough room in the fort. Suzy Fox and Tressa Eads played "Come, Come, Ye Saints" as we walked into the cove. It was very peaceful.

One of the missionaries talked more about the ordeal there, and the hardships they endured.

We then continued the hike around to the place where we had left the handcarts (1.5 miles) and had lunch meat sandwiches and carrots and celery for lunch. Next, we took the handcarts to the statues that represent the men who carried the Martin handcart pioneers across the Sweetwater River in -11 degree weather.

Then we had the opportunity to cross the river ourselves. It was just over knee deep. It was cool, but not cold, but after standing in it for 15 minutes taking pictures of the others crossing, it was not as pleasant.

We finished the hike (a total of 7 miles) cleaned up the carts and then headed back to Sixth Crossing. We had chili and salad for dinner, then a fireside about Levi Savage.
Then there was time for more talking around the campfire while the kids played pioneer games, then to bed at 10:00 PM.

Keep Reading --> Day 3
Read About Day 1

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