The Forest Service and Rangers are doing everything they can to maintain the health of our forests. I learned yesterday that although a wildfire in 2015 cause much of the damage I saw in the Mt Hood Forest, there is indeed a new ‘disease’ that is being fought with experimental methods in one section of the forest.
When we visit different forests we see that the overall health of the trees, in all places, is failing. Some people do not see this. There are many factors which no one is willing to admit are occurring (and I will not repeat in this post), however they ARE occurring and the forests are suffering.
While on my hike yesterday, I picked up cigarette butts that were thrown to the ground by people. Of the many I plucked from the ground, only one (1) had the filter removed and carried away by the smoker, so I would like to thank that ONE person for caring about the forest. As an ex-smoker, I understand completely both sides of this reality, and my hope is that those who still suffer this addiction will one day see, and be aware, that filters do not decompose and are harmful to the forest which they love and wish to spend time in.
These trees purify our breath so that we may again take in another. This is how important they are … they are our next breath. Let us behave as though we care. Let us be aware.
It was a long and beautiful hike. I was pretty tired at the end, and no wonder. The 3 hour, 7.1 mile, moderate difficulty hike I thought I was taking turned out to be an 8.3 mile, strenuous difficuly hike.
This was an experience that left me breathless, literally.
The sites were amazing! My muscles worked, my lungs added a ton of air to my body. I visualized them burning the toxins from my form and as I replaced the water my body sweat out, I saw my self purified.
Only when I reached the top and looked out and down did I realize what a climb I had taken! The views were spectacular!
The natural rock steps as I trekked up this trail were incredible! I actually was not quite prepared for this as I wore sandals that were not really snug to the foot and they kept trying to slip off. Next time I hike, I’ll be wearing at least tennis shoes!
After walking the decline for a time I met the rocky slope and it started to incline once more. I thought my legs were going to scream, I know I wanted to verbalize my surprise, however there was no one to tell it to.
I had stopped several times in the past on the Cape Overlook above. I was curious every time what was down here at the bottom, and now I know. It is a unique perspective seeing from above all these years an finally making it to the bottom.
This journey was a challenging one. By the end of this hike my 51 year old self was asking me why I chose to do this, and the answer is simple … I was unprepared, I accepted a challenge without fully investigating it.
Lesson learned. Full research will be made for future hikes, sturdy footwear and an extra bottle of water will be brought also.
Do I follow my heart and climb to the top of another waterfall? I already know where I would rather be and am certain my body will follow my mind, where to, remains to be seen.
The connection had with the earth assists us in our connection with each other. There is a great healing to be shared, in the silence, when we walk … energies touching, hearts pumping, lungs working as an upward hill is climbed.
Upward hills … these hills may not appear as such, yet they are there … in relationships, in our work life, in our housing, in our ability to feed ourselves in a healthy manner. We work at it, and yes, it can be difficult, we will often go without, yet we persist.
We have been taught that we cannot trust each other, we have been taught that to remain separated is best for survival, and most of us have been performing rather well under these circumstances.
Now imagine what could be if we recognize personally, and help each other in learning, the bond that we share goes very deep. Remember the crisis’s that have occurred, remember how people band together to take care of each other, remember the great feats that are accomplished during these times.
The separation we have been living under will change. There will be those who desperately grasp onto what they believe to be their life line, and there will be those who understand that community, care, and genuine compassionate concern for, and sharing with, each other is the true life line. The latter will be the future, depending on how quickly we embrace it, the timeline will prove itself.
Let life surprise you. Let love embrace you. Learn to trust each other, carefully, participate in the rebuilding of the compassion in this world.
We have seen what governments have done to the people everywhere, how we’ve been exploited, used and murdered in the name of power and money and greed. These elements do not have the best interest of the hearts of humanity in mind, and only the exploited will be able to turn it around … by working together.
Take the energies and efforts which have been bought and sold for scraps, reclaim those same energies and efforts and apply them in fields and ways that you know will encompass good for all … step away from greed and death and being used for the benefit of the few.
This world, and the future of humanity and all life depend on your goodness ad charity. When you give to the whole, the whole gives back to you … imagine the return on your efforts!! The entirety will return to you much more than the greedy few.
Today I had every intention of attending the SHS reunion. I was up bright and early, to the car repair shop only to be told it is nothing to worry about. I went to the picnic my employer had today, showing up an hour early.
I left the picnic around 12:30 and and raced up 84 to the Bridge Of The Gods, paid my toll, and crossed. I had a wonderful vegan patty made with beets! It was delicious, side was a pear and lettuce salad with strawberry vinaigrette. I watched the Sternwheeler take off and said hello to Mr Big Foot.
On the way back to the vehicle I saw a statue in honor of Sacagawea, it is beautiful!!
There were many people camping in tents. I do not know if it is for the eclipse, or if they just want to surf.
I drove to the old homestead, in fact, beyond, where I saw a peculiar sign.
Now what do you suppose they mean by an “Experimental Forest”? I grew up on this river, majestic, cold, sweet waters. The power these waters hold is awesome. I am curious if the current residents have been told anything of the nature of this experimental forest. Are these GMO trees? If so, how will they affect the wildlife? Does the community get a say-so in the health and well-being of their wilderness, their home?
I visited the old Hemlock lake, which is now a river, as it should have always been allowed to be.
Oh the memories of these places live strong and well in my mind. I am glad the dam was taken down, I always love to see, hear and feel the river flow freely, without interference from man made obstacles.
Although I am sad to miss another reunion, I am happy that the day brought me to this place once again, this place of healing.
New beginnings are on the horizon, every time we wake from the sleeping dream into the waking one, we have the power to create beauty and health and wealth, or stand by while those others destroy everything we love that is good and pure and much needed by all life.
There is the question, “What can I do?” Well, I would not be telling the truth if I said this or that, for I do not have it figured out, but I do have a voice and a brain and common sense, and so I will try to use these things to promote that which is good.
As you walk your journey, figuring out the best way you, too, can assist in the safety of beauty in the world, please share, for it would be a blessing to all of us who may learn, and help to magnify your good efforts … for together, we are better.
As I drove to work yesterday morning, I was given the most beautiful birthday present!!! The sun greeted me, and peeked from behind the clouds, showing here, then ducking away and then showing again. Hide and Seek!! I was amazed by this gorgeous sunrise and am excited to see what it brings THIS morning!!
Blessings to begin the new year, the new life. This reminds me of how much ALL life on this planet is loved, the sun keeps showing up for us, growing our foods, providing Vitamin D, giving us warmth, and so much more.
Let us not forget the precious gift we receive each and every day.
I begin my morning in gratefulness, knowing that joy, happiness, and peace are my future. I am going to spend the remainder of my days listening to the flow of fresh waters and the beautiful harmony of the birds and other life in the wilderness. Peace … will be.
I look at the wall and see the canvases I have painted, wondering if I should donate them to good will, and then I realized, “These are good, and usable canvases. These can be recreated into new art which shows the current reality … the shift, from there, to here.”
Such is our life. In our own hands, in conjunction with that divinity within, loving us every step of the way on this journey.
My life … your life … is a Divine work of art. As we began, we were amateurs, fumbling away. Our art depended on the start we received from our elders. Some of us did not get the nourishment we needed in order to produce a Picasso life. BUT ~ these experiences, when embraced over time, wounds healed through careful consideration … all of that, can be used to create the MOST beautiful art in, and around our lives, than perhaps we dared dream of.
This capacity is in all, seemingly dormant, yet brewing just the same.
Pain, anger, regret and remorse ~ love, joy, tears and happiness on all levels … these things are your personal master piece, none will ever compare, nor should they.
Build this beautiful life. This is your day, your week, your year, your life.
The beauty which you have power to create is within you. All you need do is claim it, nurture it, and watch it grow with every ounce of effort and attention you give it.