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To be a pioneer. . .

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Dan and I were asked to be photographers on a Pioneer Trek with our church a couple of weeks ago. It was fun to go back to my photojournalism roots and cover something like this. What hard work though! I have a better appreciation of what our ancestors did when they came to Utah. I thought four days was rough, I can’t image three months — and we had it easy. We had a great experience though. Of the 2000 images we took here are just a few of my favorites.

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There was a lot of pushing and pulling especially on the women’s pull. All the girls had to push the carts themselves for one full mile. All the carts had between four and six girls. It made for a more authentic experience. These girls are tired.

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There was some fun and games too.

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Spiritual times too.

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  • I popped over here from the [b] school. Love your blog. I love the handcart trek. We were talking about how hard the pioneers had it today in Sunday School. Love your work!

  • Wow, amazing pictures. What a powerful time it must have been. It’s unbelievable what the pioneer went through. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Wow! You have awesome photojournalism skills! This is great documentation of your experience. Did you have to push the cart too???

  • these are amazing- i cant get over that b/w of the men walking- it is breathtaking!!!! brought back so many memories of when i did trek so many years ago.

  • Thanks everyone it was a fun to go. I didn’t have to push a cart but did have to do all of the walking.

  • Megs

    Looks great Erin! You really got some good pics.

  • Excellent work as always!

  • What an awesome thing to photograph. These look amazing!

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