Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The "Pioneer Life" in 2008: Part One

As I was working on this quilt... I was reminded of my last trip to Utah where I visited Daughter #1. I saw many old churches, barns, historic homes, etc.
...much like the things in this quilt.Living in a small town in Utah, I tell Daughter #1 that she's living the "pioneer life." Once raised in Orange County, California...she surfed at the beach, played water polo and hung out with friends at the local mall. Her life is quite different now. But it made me think that perhaps she sees many of the beauties her pioneer ancestors probably saw. I'm sure they saw barns...kind of like these...
I'm sure their neighbors were getting ready for the local rodeo...much like this guy...
I'm sure there were church buildings all around. In fact this one was probably built by the pioneers themselves! Wait a minute! Take a closer look in the front of this church! Did the pioneers see those too?
It's a wild turkey with her baby chicks! I know Daughter #1 never saw those in Orange County!
Perhaps the pioneers enjoyed beautiful sunsets like this...Or this...
Don't get me wrong! We have beautiful sunsets too, here in Orange County. Many of our sunsets have beautiful vibrant colors created by smog and marine layer. There's nothing quite like them!After the sun goes down back home in Orange County, Daughter #1 would enjoy the fireworks of Disneyland too. Maybe she can look at a sunset like this and reminisce about those days. Can you believe the colors?
I'm sure the pioneers had to wait for the cattle to get out of the road! Just like this...
I'm sure the pioneers enjoyed views of the fields like this. This is how it looks along the highway Daughter #1 drives along to work each day.
I'm sure the pioneers had to wait for hay hauling 'wagons' to get out of the way as they were trying to take pictures. "Hey, buddy, I'm taking pictures here!"
There, that's better... Was this where the pioneers did their banking? No ATMs at this bank. It must be a pioneer bank!
And did a pioneer paint the side of this building below? "U and I," I thought that was so cute. I thought it meant "you" and "I"...but they tell me it means Utah and Idaho and it was this company that processed sugar from sugar beets!
And I'm sure the pioneers attended a church like this. They called it a 'tabernacle.' I thought it was just beautiful. Maybe on my next trip, they'll let me go in and see the inside.
Did the pioneers have golden arches on their McDonald's restaurants? Probably not, but Daughter #1 does!
And is this what the pioneers would have seen if Daugther #1 and her crazy mom lived back then? Maybe so...
Or not! Here we are dressed appropriately in our pioneer bonnets...in COLOR!Check my blog again for more on the "Pioneer Life" in 2008! There's more to share!

7 comments:

Diane said...

There you are...right there in River City. (I mean Bear River City). What great pictures! I especially love the one with the two of you in those bonnets!

Sarah said...

Oh how I long to live in the country! I'm stuck in the city, but wish I was a pioneer! :(

Staci Jayne Love said...

That is the funniest thing ever! You really look like you went "back in time" to visit Daughter #2! It's possible (see Back To the Future III, its almost identical to your trip.)

MYRA said...

Great photos! Love the landscape out there...we live on the prairies up here...boring! 8-)

Suzanne said...

Love the quilt and the photos. It's kind of fun to see photos of an area I know and visit often.

Gina Halladay said...

nice pioneer hats and photos...thanks for sharing your adventures.

gina said...

PS Beautiful country!