Pioneer Day

Stone Heaven Road
With snacks and water all packed up, we set out to explore the back country in our truck.
Because we're truck people.

While we drove I told a pioneer story from The Friend Magazine.

Brightly colored thistles greeted us at the beginning of the drive.

Along the way there is a place to park and the peak of Camel's Back is about 400 yards away.

This view was amazing!
We could see the whole city, library, elementary school, and high school.

The boys picked me wild flowers all along the way.
These were from Stafford, complete with roots.

Just as we were about to finish,
we got an impromptu lesson on how to change a flat.

We picked up lunch, went shopping and went back to the house to get ready for a BBQ.

After pork loins, Frito Chili Cheese salad, marinated grilled mushrooms, chips, homemade onion dip, and watermelon, we gathered to learn about some of our ancestors.
Each year we try to learn about someone new.
This year it was Joseph Dover.
I want the kids to know the great people who paved the way before them - for them.
I want them to see ordinary people doing great things by simply living their lives the best they knew how.
I want them to see that little contributions to society do make a difference
and that the choices they make in life, sometimes even the small ones, determine the path they will end on.
(He looks just like Glenn.:)
Joseph R. Dover
The son of John Dover and Hannah Nixon was born in Keswick, Cumberland, England, Oct. 11, 1823.  He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day  Saints in 1847 at Newcastle, England, Elder Francis Laidlaw officiating, and in 1850 went to Australia where he remained until 1871, when he came to Utah, arriving here July 19.

His first work was on the Temple, where he remained until its completion, acting for some time as foreman.  He built the first gasworks in Utah, under President Young, then the paper mill in Big Cottowood, and later the marble works in City Creek, under the supervision of President John Taylor.  He then went to Oregon, where he superintended the building of the locks at the Cascades, remaining there for a period of seven years.  The deceased leaves a wife and eight children; also 10 grandchildren, four great-grand-children and many friends to mourn his loss.  
He died as ha had lived, a faithful Latter-day Saint.

We used to pull taffy every 24th, but my new favorite way to celebrate the 24th is with 
Caramel Pudding Cake.


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