Friday, May 13, 2011

5K Pioneer Style

I don't remember having such fun school field trips when I was a kid in Phoenix, AZ.  Today I helped chaparone a 20-handcart trek for my daughter's 4th grade field trip -- it was literally a trip through a field.

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.  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 the pioneers, Utah history and its 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
the neighborhood.

"Fun" hills.
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."
Teamwork.  Trust.

Muddy creek.
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.

My girl.


  1. What a fun day for you and your girl! Great pictures too.

    Don't you just love it when exercise feels like it has a purpose?!

  2. Wow, I thought I had it tough pushing the jogging stroller on a run. I got nothing on those kids. Now I know what I need to do to really get in shape.

    I know your kids will remember that day forever. You were such a good sport accompanying them.

  3. Runblondie26 - :) Those strollers are tough -- you are amazing. On a side note (in case you come back), I can't get on to your blog -- "404 Not Found."

    Jill - exercise as a purpose -- Definitely! I've been working on my garden and putting in a retaining wall, and I like seeing immediate results from my effort. I don't see immediate results in a mirror, sadly.

  4. That is SO COOL!! What an experience that they (and you) will always remember!! I love the pic of you and your daughters shadow together!