In the next couple of weeks, The Brain and I get to go to Wyoming - to Martin's Cove. We're participating in a training thing for leaders who have groups coming in the next year - and we are so excited to go with our ward!
For those who don't know, or don't remember ;) - - Martin's Cove, WY is the place where the Martin Handcart Company found themselves in November, on their way across the plains as part of the Mormon pioneer movement. By the time they found this cove, they were basically - well, walking dead. Many of them survived until rescue teams came, but many many did not.
Anyway, there's currently a monument there, and there are trails everywhere. Many youth groups come there every summer to push handcarts for miles through the trails, to give the kids an idea of the hardships people were willing to endure when they truly believed in something.
It's a very special place, in general, and the Cove itself was deemed by President Hinckley to be sacred ground.
Here's my dilemma:
I have to run while I'm there. Is it disrespectful to run these historic trails? I don't think I'd actually run in the Cove, but it's about 3 miles to get to it from our campsite, and coincidentally- I need 6 miles that day. So, it's perfect, right?
I just don't know.
I will tell you that I had a truly spiritual experience running along the Trail of Hope and the Mississippi River in Nauvoo, and given the chance, I would do that again. Having said that, I wouldn't run in either Temple Square or the Sacred Grove.
I'm having trouble deciding what to plan on.