Sara in Wyoming during our move to Utah - June 2004
Not when I pretended to be a pioneer on Trek, but I really came across Wyoming to start a new life! I was a newly baptized member of the church, a single mom with a darling 4 year old that my whole world revolved around. I had quit a great job I loved directing volunteers at a Medical Center, and I had sold my house (in 7 days in a recessed market - a sure sign I was doing what the Lord wanted me to!). I drove an 89' Honda Prelude - a stick shift that I loved to drive! The Honda dealership in town refused to install a hitch on it, but the U-Haul store said they would put one on if I promised to only tow the smallest trailer. So I sold my furniture, dishes, pretty much everything except our clothes and Sara's favorite toys - we loaded up that trailer, threw a tent in the back seat of the car and headed west!
I couldn't actually back the trailer up, so all along the way I only stopped places I could pull forward. This plan was successful until we stayed at a campground in Nebraska that only had spaces you backed into. This was the best I could do:
I don't remember every detail of the trip, but I do remember it was pretty fun until we hit a thunderstorm in Wyoming. I remember the wind and rain and hail scaring me to death - that trailer was blowing all over and huge semis were all around. Night came quickly - I was clutching that steering wheel with a death grip and praying like I had never prayed before. We finally made it to Evanston and spent our first night in a hotel. Like the storms of our life, it didn't seem so bad the next morning!
If you're ever going to move to Utah, I suggest coming in June and driving through Provo Canyon - you will think you have just come to the most beautiful place in the world. Eventually you will learn that's only true for a few months of the year! Sara and I had quite the adventures during that time of our lives. It was so easy for me to be confident I was doing the right thing and so easy for me to see the hand of the Lord in our lives when I look back, but also so easy to say "What was I thinking? That was Crazy!". Thank Goodness I can also say - I love my life today and I wouldn't change a thing. I feel so blessed for a Savior that loves me, a husband that loves me and puts up with me everyday, and three awesome kids!
Sara on our drive into Utah - June 2004 in Provo Canyon