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Capturing the Pioneer Spirit
on October 3, 2011
I personally have been a bit of a critic when it comes to pioneer stories and pioneer fiction. I was able to experience a pioneer trek and be caught in a terrible dust storm for roughly an hour. We had no place to hide but under a tarp spread over our handcarts, and by the time the storm passed, EVERYTHING we had was invaded by obnoxious grains of sand. It's hard for me to imagine what the pioneers must have felt. We had plastic tubs. They had nothing. We went in the summer. Many of them trekked through negative weather with piercing winds. We left only dolls "dead" on the trail. They left actual babies. Sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. It's hard to put those experiences into words with out minimizing all that they endured. But I feel that Lisa Dayley does a wonderful job of doing just that in her book, "The Frozen Trail." Based of journal entries and artifacts left by her great-great grandmother, Dayley pieces together a riveting historical fiction novel that puts the readers on the frozen plains with the pioneers. Definitely buy this book and give it a try!