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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Trek!

Long time no blog! Well here we are ready to go pioneer trekking. Don't we just look cute? We really had a good time. Les and I had 11 kids in our trek family. Austin got to be one of ours. We pulled and pushed our family handcart 10 miles the first day, 4 miles the second day, 8 miles the 3rd day, and 1-2 miles the last day. We slept on the ground under the stars. We played games and worked hard. The last day it rained the whole time. But it was great. The rain really added to the pioneer experience. It was cold enough that your fingers hurt, and you were walking through wet puddles and up muddy hills. The kids all rose to the occasion and just pushed on through. One of my favorite moments was on the last morning when we were pushing in the rain, and our kids were singing hymns. I requested we sing "Come, Come Ye Saints". It was so moving to sing that as we were experiencing some of what those original pioneers experienced. Really makes you thankful.
Here we are after we arrived home. Sun baked, wet, muddy, tired and a lot dirtier. Wouldn't trade the experience. I'm even hoping to go again in four years when our stake will do it all over again. The only problem we had was Les' feet. He has no feeling in his feet and could not feel the developing blister on the first grueling day. That night we found this lovely blister.


Needless to say, he was ordered by the doc on trek not to walk any more. So he rode in a support crew vehicle. I walked with our kids and the handcart and it all turned out. I'm pleased to say his foot is almost healed.

1 comment:

Lori said...

Ouch! So sorry Les! I really know how that feels! But! By the looks of the after picture - you guys had a great time! Glad you could go and have that experience! What memories!