After enduring hardships such as freezing temperatures and sickness, the pioneers set up camp and made Salt Lake their new home. Pioneer Day is marked with heavily-LDS-rooted events, but it can still be fun for those who aren't LDS-rodeos, fireworks, food and parades, and not to mention, the day off work.
But, In the event that I get a day off to do whatever I want with whomever I want, I usually go camping. This is one of those weekends. As soon as I get off work at 1 a.m. Friday, I will hit the open road and head up to Wyoming's Mirror Lake.
Yes, I will forego all parades featuring spray-glittered miniature models of LDS Temples and pioneer dress, tame fireworks and crowds-I'm not big on crowds. It will be me, mi familia, nature and lots and lots of space. Four-wheeling and fishing will be part of my future, as well as hobo dinners, smores, nature walks and eventually we'll sit around a well-fed fire where I'm sure my mother and step-father will tell me and my boyfriend things I'd rather not know, per usual.
So, I recommend, if crowds aren't your thing, drive out and get you some R & R time with good `ol Mother Nature. Some of my favorite places in Utah to go are Goblin Valley, Spirit Lake and near the Causey reservoir in Huntsville.