Each handcart had a "pioneer family" of about 8 people. We took the handcarts from her school, through the neighborhood and turned into a field and then crossed a creek (mud and all) into a wetland reserve that I never would have known was there from driving by. There we had a chuck-wagon lunch and learned different skills at several stations.
What's a Handcart?
During the 1800's, memebers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka "Mormons") were driven from their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were forced to leave during winter, crossing the frozen Mississippi river. In an extremely over-simplified nutshell, when they were able to regroup, they headed West to find a place they could worship without persecution. Some had covered wagons and horses, but supplies and money dwindled, and many resorted to handcarts.
Here in Utah, especially Utah County, having pioneer ancesestors is common, even if one isn't an active LDS member. Students are taught to appreciate what the pioneers went through for they are such a strong part of Utah history and it's settlement.
I had a great time, and was super hot and tired when finished. I'm treating a headache now -- so worth it. I'm thankful for a cool home to go to and clean water from the faucet.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
|Beginning our trek from the school and through|
|Going down and down and down.|
The kids had to do all the work.
The front steers. Those holding the back of the
cart keep it from going too fast. Those with the
ropes are the "brakes."
|Marie and me.|
(That dress is so comfortable and forgiving.)
|Marie catching a bug.|
|Row of 20 handcarts.|
|Stew by the stream.|
(And cornbread with honey butter and the best
apple I've ever had).
|I get to call this part of my home.|
|Marie and me.|