Hope Valley

A friend of ours sent us a beautiful card, with a photograph of Hope Valley, California on it. Hope Valley was probably first seen by John Fremont and Kit Carson in their mid winter trip across the Sierra in 1844, but it was members of the Mormon Battalion, returning from the Mexican War of ’46-’47 who named that lovely valley, back in 1848. When those settlers hit Hope Valley, it was full of grasses and water which gave them hope to get out of the Sierra Madra. There is a sign in Hope Valley that reads:

Camped at the head of what we called Hope Valley, as we began to have hope. Henry William Bigler, July 29, 1848 ex-member of the Mormon Battalion – 45 men, 1 woman (!), and 17 wagons on their way to Great Salt Lake settlements (going west to east).

I find it fascinating to wonder about their hopes. Hope for water. Hope for food. Hope the Indians don’t get us. Hope the weather holds. Hope that wheel holds on for a few more miles. Hope I can get this fire started. Hope we make it before the winter sets in. (I can’t even imagine what the one woman hoped for!) Sort of makes me feel guilty for my hopes. I am so blessed and have such a comparatively easy life.

Photograph by Gail Bimber

Are our hopes as worthy?

I’d love to hear what you have to say!




About susansplace

Widowed in 2012, I am a mother and grandmother. Born in San Francisco, I now live in the town I grew up in: Mill Valley, California. I love nature photography. Just an amateur but that's OK! My goal: world peace. Got any ideas?
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3 Responses to Hope Valley

  1. donna says:

    are our hopes worthy? I believe that if they are born from a place of love and true caring than they are worthy. I hope that my brother’s rapidly declining health meets a miracle ! I hope that my two children are safe and happy every single day. I hope that after my sister’s two breast cancer diagnoses and surgeries, it will never return. But I admit, hoping to win this mega lottery seems so less worthy, or hoping for less bills or financial stress seems somewhat indulgent…. My heart feels lighter and purer when all the hope I bear is for love and health for all my family and dear friends…
    all my petty worries and stresses are simply little wishes of mine that I won’t burden our Lord with, and I will no longer speak of hope in those terms…. I’ll save my hopes for all that really truly matters.

    • susansplace says:

      Thank you for replying to my post. I love that you say, “If they are born from a place of love and true caring than they are worthy.” I agree! You and your family are in my prayers, Donna. Love, Sue

  2. Laura says:

    I suppose “easy” is relative, right? Everyone has their struggles, high tech or low tech, rich or poor, country or city. Sometimes I wonder too, what it would have been like back then. Simpler I think. I would have had to make up some kind of cowgirl taekwondo though.

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