Mark was busy preparing for the Exodus Trek. He helped ready wagons and helped get the horses used to pulling wooden wheeled wagons. The day before the Trek, I was working at the Brigham Young home. He drove the horses down to visit me. It was very cold.
|Preparing Chad & Champ for the Exodus Trek|
For a couple of months prior to the Trek, Sister Nunn and I and the sisters who worked in Land and Records had been busily preparing tags for people to wear. We wore ancestors' names around our necks. We could wear up to 5 names. People turned in their ancestors to us and we researched them to make sure they were in Nauvoo and that they did go west. We typed them and laminated them and put yarn on them. Some who didn't have ancestors walked for people they weren't related to. There were 611 tags used on the day of the Exodus. Some of them were blank and people filled in their own ancestors. Most were typed.
|Sister Nunn and I giving out tags.|
|The people who we walked for--all Mark's mother's ancestors|
Mark and I each walked for 5 ancestors. They were all his. I didn't have any ancestors in Nauvoo. He walked for the blue tags and I walked for the pink ones.
There was a continental breakfast at the Family Living Center before we left. Everything was free of course.
|Breakfast foods for the folks|
|The Christensens portraying Brigham and Mary Ann Young|
|The wagons lined up at the Family Living Center.|
There were 6 wagons and conveyances which followed all of us who walked. There was a surrey with a fringe on top and then several wagons. There was a carriage for those who were unable to walk.
|Me, proudly holding the Scotland flag|
|Sister Heaton & me with our flags|
Many of us carried flags as we walked. I carried the Scotland flag. I didn't get any pictures of us walking. There were app. 200 people who walked from the Family Living Center down Parley Street to the River. First was the Nauvoo Legion. Then the flags. Then the walkers and then the wagons.
|Walking down Main Street|
|The Nauvoo Legion leading the way|
|The Walk down Parley Street|
|The wagons and surrey going down Parley Street|
The wagons all turned into our lane when they got down by the River.
|Brigham Young and Mary Ann in the surrey with the fringe on top. Driven by Elders Nunn & Johnson. Horses are Mike & Ned.|
|The wagons coming down Parley Street and turning onto our lane|
|Mark & Jordan with Chad & Champ|
|Mark on the wagon at left with Chad and Champ|
|Mark driving a wagon with Jordan and Chad and Champ|
|Mark's wagon with the temple in background|
We stood down by the River and a list was read of our ancestors who died before getting to Utah.
|The Christensens with their 3 little grandchildren|
The Christensens' son, daughter-in-law, 3 granddaughters, and 1 grandson came to be with the Christensens. They are pictured toward the left. The little girls were so sweet.
The Nauvoo Legion raised the flag. Taps was played by Elder Germer.
|The Nauvoo Legion at the River|
The day after the trek we had a fireside at which we told about an ancestor. Mark told about Archibald Gardner and I told about Isabelle Burt. She wasn't in Nauvoo, but the fireside included pioneers other than the Nauvoo ones.
|Mark and I in the surrey with a fringe on top. Horses are Mike and Ned|
A couple of days after the Trek, before they put the surrey away, Mark came and gave me a ride--in front of the John Taylor home where I was working.
|Mark and I in the surrey with the fringe on top|
|Geese on the partially frozen river|
The geese flying aboe the river.
Mark has taken some photos of the horses eating their hay in the morning.
|Horses eating hay|
|Eagles on the ice|
The ducks/geese huddle together and it looks like a carpet of ducks out in the middle of the river.
|A carpet of ducks on the river|