TUESDAY, 1 MAY 2012
36 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS!
After our full breakfast this morning we hit the road around 0645 and headed north for Martin's Cove. The LDS church has a visitor's center near the site where a large group of handcart pioneers found themselves trapped by an early winter storm in mid October 1856. It was here the company was met by several rescue teams from Salt Lake City. They camped in Martin's Cove in an attempt to seek shelter from the storm. It was a very sobering place to visit as we learned about the sacrifice people made as they sought relief and refuge from bitter and violent religious persecution.
|Replicas of handcarts. A family had to find room for all of|
their personal belongings and food in one handcart.
As I stood here I tried to visualize what happened here.
We continued north and then east to Guernsey Wyoming to see the Oregon Trail ruts.
|"...a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River... Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge...during its usage from 1841-1869"|
Nearby was a place called Register Cliff.
one hundred feet above the North Platte River valley. Following a day's
journey from Fort Laramie, emigrants spent the night at Register Cliff
and inscribed their names into the rock face.|
Next stop was Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska.