Only Good Friday

Pioneer Day In Utah – “Only The Good” Friday

Today is Pioneer Day here in Utah.   Completing a treacherous thousand-mile exodus, an ill and exhausted Brigham Young and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The Mormon pioneers viewed their arrival as the founding of a Mormon homeland, hence Pioneer Day.

The Mormons, as they were commonly known,  left their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois and journeyed West seeking refuge from religious persecution.


Determined to settle in an isolated region, the pioneers made their way across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to Utah. (The region was Mexican territory.  Utah, the 45th state, did not acquire statehood until Jan. 1896 )  They lost many of their party to disease during the winter months. By the time that they reached Utah, the desolate valley was a welcome sight.  Brigham Young and his party entered the Salt Lake valley on July 24, 1847.   By December, of 1847, nearly 2,000 Mormons had settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

Over the next twenty three years, over 70,000 latter-day- saints would journey from foreign countries and the eastern United States to join the pioneers in the Salt Lake valley.

I give tribute to those pioneers who blazed a trail across the United States to the West… allowing many people to follow their trail…  to  settle the west.  As a note of interest… the railroad coming from the East coast and the West coast joins in Utah….. just a few miles north of Salt Lake City.

On this “Only The Good” Friday…  the 24th of July….  I wanted to share a bit of my heritage with you.

Have a Good Friday!


Insightful Nana

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As I See It

Our Family Mountain Retreat – Place Of Peace

Our family mountain retreat in Tabiona, Utah was hard to leave this week-end.  The weather had been just beautiful… sunny, clear, calm and a perfect temperature.  However, the feeling of fall was in the air, even though the leaves were just beginning to change.  Since we had a late spring… everything is about two weeks behind.

After family members left, I stayed an extra day…getting caught up on my computer, designing some Halloween giveaways for this blog and watching a few old movies like Gone With The Wind.  It was a quiet peaceful time.

Next year I’m going to look into getting wireless high speed internet so I can spend more time enjoying the view from our front windows.

I left for home about 8:30 and headed toward Wolf Creek Pass, which is a lovely drive over the top of the mountains… Over 9000 feet to be exact.

As I was just leaving Hanna, I notice a white strip of white off in the distance.  I couldn’t figure what it was for a few minutes.  As I got closer, I could tell it was ice.

Yes, ice.  Ice had formed on the ground and fence next to a sprinkler irrigation system.  It was quite a site to behold against the green and brown of the fields and mountains.

However, it did remind me that winter is closing in soon and I’m not ready for it.  Wasn’t I shoveling snow just a couple of days ago?

Oh well… time sure does fly by!

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Do you have a place of peace… somewhere you can go to rejuvenate your spirit?