They left on Wednesday after school and headed up to the ranch that Mitchell worked at all summer, just above Zion National Park. The kids got settled and prepared for the trek the next day. They spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday pulling handcarts and surviving freezing temperatures. Mitchell said they hiked 7-8 miles the each day and climbed over 1000 feet the first day. The temperatures Thursday night were between 5-10 degrees. Not everyone was prepared for that kind of cold. Mitchell said it was awful and he about froze. He said it was so hard to sleep and everyone was miserable. They woke up to frost on their tents, which made for yucky tents when they had to pack them up and set them up again that next night.
It sounds like they had a real pioneer experience! Murmuring and all. The leaders wanted it to be a hard experience for them and it was. I hope that when the youth experience hard challenges in their life that they can remember this one and know that they can make it!
Brother Merelli in our stake took some pictures and posted them online... here is the link to them all. I downloaded a few of Mitchell.
Mitchell said one of the hills was SO hard. His group made it up and several of the boys went down and helped other groups up. He said he went down and up 5 times helping people. Good job! 3 rows of boys pulling.
Mitchell shooting for food. He hit his bird! They made it into stew.
Brother Benson looking on... he worked so hard! Thank you!
They made it! Yahoo!!!
Mitchell was happy to get home and climb into his nice warm bed! He said it was very hard and he never wants to do it again! I hope he learned that he can do hard things!
Thank you to all the leaders who worked so hard on this!! I must say I was happy I wasn't in charge. But when I went to the post fireside I felt sad that I wasn't there.....