Well we made it. It rained. It hailed! It was muddy. There were cow pies. It was cold. There were ticks. There were mosquitoes. We were filthy. We smelled like smoke. The kids were noisy. We didn't sleep (until an angel gave me some ear plugs). We got sunburned. Kids got sick.
And we would do it all again in a heartbeat!!!
This was a great experience for us and for the kids. We had an awesome family that rarely complained, worked hard and came together to support each other. Wes and I were not supposed to pull the handcart (although Wes ended up pulling it by himself at one point just to give the kids a break and I pulled during the women's pull). But it didn't matter because these kids didn't need us. They worked out a system and all pitched in to do the work. We laughed together and cried together. We danced and sang together. We shared in amazing spiritual experiences together. We learned that in serving and sacrificing for one another - we developed a genuine love for each member of our pioneer trek family. And an appreciation for what the real pioneers had to endure.
Day 1 included about 10 miles of walking with the excitement of a major hailstorm and 4 inch deep mud. Here are our kids with smiles on their faces getting ready to hit the trail on day 2.
Loved my girls!
Loved my boys!
We were exhausted but felt very empowered after the "women's pull." I wish I would have taken a picture of the hill we had to climb with the handcart. It was pretty intense!
Ma and Pa Spencer
Wes became a Stake celebrity overnight after his performance as the superhero:
"For the Strength of Youth Man!"
The "FSY-Man" (as he signed in autographs) in action...
Our family on the last day. The sun is finally shining (on the only day I forgot to wear sunscreen).
A Bucket Pyramid on the last day
Our ward group