Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pioneer Day in Utah

Since the boys were attending Especially For Youth (EFY) at BYU in Provo, we all drove up the weekend before and were able to spend Pioneer Day in Utah.  For those who don't know, Pioneer Day is July 24th when they celebrate the arrival of Brigham Young and the first pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley.  In Utah it's almost as big as the 4th of July, and we kind of miss it.  So Jamie thought it would be fun to visit "This is the Place State Park" (that's what Brigham Young said when he looked over the valley as they came through the mountains) and we took Ben S. with us.  And this little park (which is run by the State, not the Church) features a bunch of historic pioneer buildings - some originals that were moved from various places around the state and some rebuilt to match historic buildings.

Looking out over the valley.

For some reason we thought it would be funny to take pictures of the boys with outhouses (but I'll spare you more than just one photo!).

I'll bet the pioneers couldn't have gotten an ice cold Diet Coke from the General Store like we did.

Yes, we made them pose for lots of pictures.

What, you didn't know the pioneers had a petting zoo?

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