Thursday, April 23, 2009

First Days at the Visitor's Center

We drive about ten miles each day to the Cove. This is on our way out of Missionary Village, about 1.5 miles of dirt road to Highway 220. Pronghorn antelope are all over the place here. I took this from the road.

This was our first day giving tours at the Visitor's Center at Martin's Cove. We have been learning our "scripts" so that we can give visitors the best, accurate information. We only had a few people through, but it was a great experience. Tomorrow and Friday we have a new group of Trek Leaders coming for training. It will be a great two days. Then, next week, the new missionaries come in for their missions and will be trained, along with us. This is us in front of the Visitor's Center. One of the photos shows Devil's Gate behind us.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Trekking to Martin's Cove

Yesterday we trained a group of Trek Leaders from stakes all over the west who are bringing groups later this summer. We took them on a trek from the Visitor's Center trough Martin;s Cove, along the Sweetwater where the rescue across the river took place and then back to the Center. A great day and we met a lot of fine people. We finish the training today (Saturday)

We walked up into the Cove , snow and all, and had a chance to see where the company spent 4-5 horrific days. During that time they lost 56 members of the company, buried them in snow and left them to the wolves. No choice!! The photos are of views up into the cove, of us with the cove behind and below us and of one of the statues near the Sweetwater that depict the rescuers carrying members of the company across the river. Those of us in the Fenn family owe our lives to those brave, young rescuers. It was quite an emotional walk.

Friday, April 17, 2009

First Days in Wyoming

We're here!!! We arrived on Tuesday, April 14th, set up our 5th wheel, and got started. There are about 15 couples here now, with another 30 or so scheduled between the end of this month and June. We spent the first days "working" to help get the Handcart Site ready for two weekends of Trek Leader Seminars. These are the days that stake leaders come to get ready for their treks this summer. Jean spent most of her time in the kitchen getting ready and I was in the workshop painting signs for the Cove area. We're excited and are ready to start.

Photos above are taken at the site of "Missionary Village" about 10 miles from Martin's Cove Visitors Center.
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