Family History Reunion–Pioneer Trek

Pioneer Trek Reunion

Another time when it was my turn, we went up Huntington Canyon and reenacted a mini pioneer trek. We used ancestor stories and planned around that. Each person was given a pioneer bonnet or a cowboy hat. One of our ancestors headed to Oregon for the gold fields. They stopped in Salt Lake for supplies and he joined the Mormon Church. So we salted the creek with some gold marbles for the kids to find as we began our trek (they could each pick up four gold nuggets), telling them the story of William Morley Black. The family was divided into families with a “Ma and Pa” for each family. Each family had a little wagon or a wheel barrow to use as their handcart. Each person brought a bedroll (to eat their lunch on) and a large squirt gun or super soaker (for the buffalo hunt) and put them in the handcart.

Family Reunion--Hawkins Pioneer Trek1
Top Row: L-Panning for gold; C-On the trail; R-A pioneer ancestor visits us and tells her story. Middle Row:-Crossing a stream. Bottom Row: L-Guns read for the buffalo hunt; C-The hunt; R-The Trading Post.

Toward the end, some anonymous person handed each family a note that told of a challenge for their family such as one of their children broke his leg. They had to figure how to best help him. The trail crossed a small stream two times, and the leaders had to figure out the best place to across. Everyone made a stop to eat their lunch (cheese stick, jerky, and an apple). We had one of our pioneer ancestor–Ann Jewell Rowley appear to us and tell her stories of faith. The dads and grandpas acted as the buffalo and had a cardboard buffalo head as a shield. The kids had the most fun with this activity. At the end of the trek, they could spend their gold at the trading post. After the trek was over, the kids gathered around an aunt who helped them make a pioneer craft. Each family was given a small book that told the stories of their pioneer ancestors, to take home. We ate chili and scones for late lunch. The there was free time for kids and visiting time for adults.

Destination: Paiute Trail

Paiute Trail in the Tushar Mountains

My kids and grand kids, and especially my husband love to camp. We went camping with our whole family along the Piute Trail in the Tushars, close to Beaver, Utah. We took a couple of ATVs and took turns seeing the sites around us. Some of the trails were very narrow and interesting (top right). We all got in the truck and visited the old Kimberly Gold Mine area. There is a large building/cabin that has information about the area (bottom right). I understand there is still gold in that area.

Family Trip-Piute Trail

Top Row–There are great ATV trails in this area. Middle Row: Wild Mountain Goats; the Silver King Mine area with Brigham Daniel Darger, and Pansy Permilia Brown’s home.

One of the most delightful things about this area are the mountain goats. We hiked until we saw them and then followed them a bit. It was a wonderful sight! It rained on us every day, but we had good tents and movies on iPads f or the kids. When it would stop raining we would gather together and play games, or go exploring.  I loved splashing mud on the kids as we drove through the mud puddles It is absolutely gorgeous area!