The past six years of Kevin Henson's life have led up to the beginning of an eight-month, 2,500-mile re-enactment of the 1846 Mormon Battalion march from Iowa to California.

Henson, who came up with the idea and planned the re-enactment, which began Friday at Mount Pisgah, Iowa, developed his own interest in re-enactments when he was a Latter-day Saint Scout leader six years ago with "a really neat set of pro-active young men."

During the re-enactment, the group will average 18 miles per day, following what Henson refers to as the "old Army practice" of hiking about six miles in the morning, stopping for a long lunch and rest, and completing the day's hike in the afternoon.

The trek is scheduled to end Feb. 3 in San Diego.

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