This song was not used as the music for a Psalm. I had been walking 10 miles through George Bush Park for some time (see Song 161 – Bug-Eyed Girl), and Andrea likes to walk, and had made the loop with me several times. Andrea spent 10 years teaching seminary in Houston. In 2011 the course of study was the Doctrine & Covenants and Church History. She wanted the Seminary kids to relate to Pioneers walking 10 miles a day, and what better way than to have them walk with us some morning. So on Memorial Day, 2011 eleven of her seminary students joined with Andrea and I at 6:00 AM and walked from our house to Kingsland, past the big Kingsland Baptist Church, up by the pond, then past the first building Landmark Graphics built at 333 Cypress Run, over to Baker Road, past Maudeen Mark’s ranch, down across Mason Creek as it makes its way to Barker Reservoir, south past the back side of the shooting range, west past the soccer fields, where some of the kids literally found a fork (a utensil) in the asphalt of the trail, north past the water tanks, then east through the thicket, where we stopped to have a prayer, then to the bayou, across the bayou dam (where I had seen a couple of large snakes on my walks), west to where the drainage bayou enters from the north, north to Greenwind Chase, then to 1307 Emerald Green, where we fixed breakfast for the kids, and they swam until their rides picked them up. It was a good activity for the youth, and for Andrea and myself. And I can remember the specifics because I took the time to write this ballad about our trek. Did you know the word “trek” does not come from “Star Trek,” but comes from South Africa? The Great Trek was an eastward migration of Dutch-speaking settlers (called Voortrekkers) who travelled by wagon from the Cape Colony into the interior of modern South Africa from 1836 onward.
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