Carter and cousin pulling a kid sized hand cart.
Sarah Ann and Samuel Haigh are two of Matt's ancestors that were part of the Martin Handcart Company.
While there, my whole family went on a 6 mile handcart trek to get a very small feel of what these pioneers did.
Hayden was in the baby backpack almost the whole time on Matt's back. While there, we read about a mother whose children and husband were so ill they had to ride in the handcart with the rest of their stuff and the mother had to hold her new born child in her arms while pulling her FULL handcart. My heart ached as I thought about what she must have endured. I kept thinking, if only they had simple things like the baby wraps and backpacks that we have these days.
Here's our crew. We had 13 grand kids and my 80+ yr old Grandmother with us, two pregnant mothers, and one mother who had given birth a few months before. Everyone made this whole trek except for Grandma and one grandchild (though they both did a good part of it). The rest of the group hiked the whole 6 miles and I never heard one complaint from the rest of the kids. I was so impressed.
Well...no complaint unless it was Carter when we tried to get him in our family photo with us.
The Salt Water River was really high so many of my family members were disappointed that they couldn't cross with their handcarts, but they let those that wanted to cross over some river overflow.
Hayden decided she wanted a turn in the handcart towards the end.