Thursday, May 31, 2012

They came west to claim the toilets

I think we understand the Riddle of the Stynx (the porta-johns, not the people).
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There were five brigades like this who walked, pushed, and hauled their way down the road.

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I go my own way.
I think these are "Pioneer Days." I don't know if there's a religious significance, or if it's a festival just for fun. Maybe the LDS branch of our family tree could clue me in? Or anyone, really. Just speak up. All I can find is that it's a re-enactment of settling this area originally.

Annie is feeling very gross today. I'm really not much help, except I made her ORT and forced her to drink it. It doesn't help that it's hot and still today. Really, piney woods?  

I could have sworn I had something interesting to tell you. I guess I was overexcited by the mystery resolution. And, the drums.






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25 comments:

Merikay said...

But modern pioneers can wear tennis shoes.

Teri said...

Are they camping out or just passing through? You may need to go even more North to stay cooler.

Karen and Tony said...

The poorer LDS who couldn't afford wagons and oxen walked all the way to Salt Lake City.Each family had one hand cart so they had to pack VERY carefully! I guess it has religious significance because it seems religion is a constant for Latter Day Saints.

Wow,I wonder how far they are walking?

Donna K said...

Hmmm...looks like a lot of hot work to me...but then I am basically lazy.

Terry said...

Sadly, I don't know exactly where you are located there in the Arizona/Utah area, but I did run across this article that mentions that the Mormons sent out others from the Salt Lake City area to settle other parts of that general area. This article mentions some names of places and people who were a part of the Arizona settling. Maybe this will help you follow up on the re-enactment, if you are really that interested.

http://www.examiner.com/article/when-the-mormon-pioneers-came-to-arizona

Russ Krecklow said...

How did they expect them to use those porta potties if they were placed door to door? And...who ever heard of going door to door with a porta pottie anyway? What crappy way to try to make a living, huh?

Sorry Annie is feeling poorly. Maybe you could try some acupuncture on her. That might get her up, anyway!

Steve said...

Turns out in the end it was all just a Grand Illusion as their destination revealed itself to be, the River Stynx!

Jim and Sandie said...

What kind of a reenactment is it when they have port-a-johns along the way??? But it definitely looks like a Mormon trek to me. Sure glad I wasn't born back in them thar days cause I would never have made it as a pioneer. Annie - here's hoping you feel whole lots better real soon.

Karen Snyder said...

Are you the bettin' sort? Mormons or not, doesn't seem to be the issue here... http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar/50th-annual-pioneer-days-festival-03-25-2010

I. Love. Google! :)

Karen Snyder said...

.....oops....should have said IF it's an annual affair! I do, however, prefer your theory as to why they were there! :)

heyduke50 said...

grasshopper I already said there is no crapper like the clivus...

Bob said...

Hm. Backpacks and running shoes. Guess those things have been around for a while. Never been much of a pioneer history buff. Learn something new every day.

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Drums? You heard my djembe all the way over there? ;)

Sherry said...

Must be a fun walk some LDS Ward is doing since it can't claim by any stretch to be "authentic". Any serious reenactor would be horrified. Did they spend the night in their wagons? I'm thinking this was a "day trip". You sure do see all kinds of wildlife out there where you boondock.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Merikay, modern pioneers are lucky. From what Karen says, the trekkers of olden days would have worn out several pairs of New Balance on their way here. Amazing! Would they have walked all the way from New York?

Teri, I can't hear them anymore, so they may have moved on. I hope their potties moved on with them.

Word, Donna. I would be willing to walk from 7-7:15 AM, or from 7-7:15PM. It's not that I'm rigid, just tired.

Terry, that was interesting. We're near Flagstaff right now. I've read that the place names around here are largely from early Mormon settlers.

Russ, I tried approaching Annie with needles, and it did get her out of bed very quickly. Then she passed out.

Door-to-door can be interesting, but not if you have to carry your potty. Better to stop at a Dunkin Donuts.

Oh Steve, and there I was instantly. Thanks for the visit to 1977.

Jim and Sandie, it's possible we hikers behind the re-enactment are thankful for the anachronism. Otherwise, it could be like the last act in the circus. Many thanks for the good wishes.

Karen, a pioneer days event like the article sounds fun. I don't think this event was meant for the public at all. No vendors, no booths, no cute bonnets for sale. There has been more traffic than usual, but not enough to indicate merriment or general frivolity.

HeyDuke, I'm a big fan of the clivus, now that you introduced me to it. I seem to remember you were in charge of having them built in Texas parks?

Bob, this is the kind of stuff you can't learn just anywhere. It's the sort of thing the Viennese are reluctant to talk about.

Yellow Rose, I never knew what those were called! And, I lived in Ithaca! It's okay, I liked the drumming.

Sherry, you may be entirely correct. The thing is, there were probably 300 of them. It would be impossible not to see and hear them emerging from the forest, and to get out any other way would be many, many miles of road impassable with their carts. Also, there have been a dozen or so vehicles coming in this morning, maybe bringing supplies? I think I have to walk a ways to see what I can deduce. Or maybe induce, since I already have this theory going.

Desert Diva (Cheryl) said...

Poor Annie! Sending healing thoughts and prayers her way...

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Cheryl!

Russ Krecklow said...

Tell Annie I'm sorry for mentioning the needles. Just put a pillow under her head, and maybe she will wake up on her own.

Gaelyn said...

Where did you find the time machine? Quickly get Annie back to the Now.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Haha, you two. While she was unconscious I dragged her by her feet back to 2012.

Andra Watkins said...

I always find it fascinating and amusing what people will choose to re-enact. Best wishes to Annie.

FrankandMary said...

I felt like this was a Where's Waldo? takeoff, but substituted with Where's Melissa Gilbert?

Phyllis said...

Too many layers of clothes for me.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Mary, that's additionally funny because they're from Gilbert. Melissa, not Sara.

Definitely too many that day.

The Good Luck Duck said...

For sure, Andra. And, thanks - she's starting to improve today.

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