Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education, the BYU-Public School Partnership and the Utah Education Network

Margaret Clark Journals

June 22, 1997

Location: Jeffrey City, Wyoming

Summary: Amy Proud's feelings on the rest day.

Journal entry: Amy Proud's Sunday feelings:

Hello, my name is Amy Proud. I have been on the wagon train since Omaha, Nebraska. This is the most wonderful experience of my life. I know that this is where I am supposed to be. Everything that has happened in my life for the last two years has led me to this trek.

People ask why I am doing this. When I started the trek it was to experience a little of what my ancestors experienced. That has not changed but I see that there are other reasons that I am out here, I can see the [friend-making] that we are doing. Knowing that, helps when I get homesick.

The best part of the trek are the people that I have met, not just the people going on the wagon train but the general public. The communities that we have gone through have made us feel so welcome.

Because of all of the rain that we have had the different towns have opened up schools, barns, sheds, and churches for us to sleep in. Almost every night they put on a program for us. It has been fun getting to know the people that are on the train, there is such a variety of personalities.

We find all sorts of fun things to do with ourselves, like swimming in the Sweetwater river and playing card games like speed and rage, and even on occasions going to the movies or Dairy Queen. I have had the opportunity to ride wagons, walk, and even move and set up the Authentic camp. Each in its own way is a lot of fun. But I think I enjoy walking the most. I had a testimony of the gospel before I came on the trek, but it has increased so much. I love being a part of this wagon train, and I want to thank all of the people who have helped me to be a part of this.