Trek was an amazing experience.
Those who have been know that I'm not kidding.
Heck, there aren't words to describe it!
I had an amazing family:
And guess what?
We were at Martin's Cove/ Sixth Crossing/ Rocky Ridge/ Rock Creek Hollow...
OVER PIONEER DAY.
Freaking spiritual experience, let me tell you.
I also had the opportunity to trek for several people over the last few days:
Heber Robert McBride, 13: Heber came across the plains with his family in the Martin Handcart Company. His mother took sick and his father died (after the last crossing of the Platte River) so he and his older sister Janette carried their younger brothers and sister all the way to the Valley
Hannah Hawkey, 34: Hannah also came across in the Martin Company. She married a widower, Foster Hawkey and adopted his son, James, both of who died somewhere along the way. She carried her two daughters in the handcart most of the way, and they survived to reach the valley.
Ane Olsen, 46: Ane and her son Lorenzo (12) were from Denmark. Ane was known as a remarkably charitable person, giving money to people who needed it. She died after the treacherous ascent of Rocky Ridge, leaving Lorenzo an orphan. She was one of the 13 buried at Rocky Ridge (see the movie 17 Miracles)
Rebecca Cula Langman, 21: Rebecca, a single woman from England, was the only member of her family. She became a member at age 16. At age 20, she met Moses Cluff, a missionary. They became friends and talked of going to America. She traveled in the Willie Handcart Company, and Moses traveled with the Martin Handcart Company. 6 weeks after she arrived in the valley, she and Moses were married (terribly romantic, isn't it?)
I love all these people with all my soul.
I hope you do, too.