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My Home, My Forest, My Friend … Burning

Published September 5, 2017 by tindertender

Two weeks ago I hiked the Cape Horn Trailhead and I wondered why I had this urgent need to hike the 8.3 miles. Now I know. The loss of this beautiful forest is indeed one of the most tragic things to hit the Northwest.

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Home … I lived in this forest 12 miles from the nearest town, the nearest neighbor a mile to the left and right and the river to one side and the mountains to the other. I knew this forest intimately … well enough that upon my recent adventures to visit the trees I knew they were not doing well.

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I spoke with Rangers near the Ripplebrook Ranger Station this last weekend and discovered that there has been a disease they were trying to combat. It is difficult to see from this beautiful picture, but they were dry, brittle, and dying on the inside. Being part of the forest every waking moment for those 8 years I can sense, and see, the suffering.

At Panther Creek I noted a big Forest Service sign stating they were growing an experimental forest, this “disease” is making all of the forests sick … now there are many which burn.

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This is my home … I went to bed every night listening to the Wind River as it flowed outside my bedroom window, the forest alive with the sound of the life it held. In the past month my visits to this forest have been filled with silence, no songs were being sung, like they once were.

I have been blessed with a final opportunity to say my appreciation to these wonderful trees, these trees and land that healed me when I was broken. I thank God for urging me in their direction … one last time … before they had to go.

It is tragic … this beautiful life giver of a forest … gone.

Care Of Our Forests

Published September 3, 2017 by tindertender

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.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/forest-grasslandhealth/insects-diseases
http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/project_list.php?forest=110606&archive=1

 

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.

Bagby Hot Springs ~ Hike & Bath

Published September 2, 2017 by tindertender

Today’s adventure on a hot day was incredible! I hiked 1.5 miles in, and 1.5 miles out, taking my time and enjoying every detail my little eyes could catch glimpse of. I ate my orange for lunch while lounging right on the creek.

 

The forest is an amazing, living body. The smells were rich with berries although I could not see them. There were many little chipmunks. While I soaked in my tub, a little one came and helped itself to the remaining portion of my banana. Such a beautiful animal.

 

Today, it seemed I was held in the embrace of everything that lives here, much like the stones were held in the embrace of the root structure of this ‘once upon a time’ tall and majestic tree. Other people on the trail were friendly, a spark was in each of them that shone and brought comfort, I felt I was among friends.

With all that is going on in this world, it should be apparent that there is a significant lack of connection. Connection with nature, connection with each other, connection to our foods and water. These things need our connection as much as we need the connection with all of them.

Taking time away from the steady stream of pre-programmed items for sale is the only way to health and well-being, for ourselves, and for the world.

Cape Horn Trailhead Challenge

Published August 27, 2017 by tindertender

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.

https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/cape-horn-loop.html

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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.

Together, We Are Better

Published August 19, 2017 by tindertender

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!!

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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.

Nature Calling

Published August 13, 2017 by tindertender

Today Nature called once again, and I heeded that call. I drove out the old scenic highway and found myself a waterfall and a steep trail to climb … it was fantastic! About 3/4 of the way to the top I asked, “When will this trail end?” I thought, I could just go back now, and almost immediately decided against that thought!! What the heck! I had already come so far!! Below are a few collages of my favorites.

As I walked I thought about what the energies of my body must be doing … probably thanking their lucky stars I finally went for a walk! An uphill walk at that.

My lungs were working, my leg muscles were pumping away and my heart … oh my heart, was loving this little adventure.

As I finally made it to the top, I rested, breathing heavy, long, and deep. It was an amazing adventure!! The fog was thick at the top and visibility from the viewpoint was pretty much nil.

Once at the bottom again, I rested for a moment near the water as it flowed past on the opposite side of the road.

In the light rain that fell during this journey, I smelled the pleasant earth aroma as it drank deeply. This beautiful forest, and others like it, are a portion of that which brings, and sustains, life on this planet. We ought to care for it as though it were our own life.

Wireless and Chemical Warfare Exposed

Published August 8, 2017 by tindertender

Wireless Warfare is being exposed. It may have done such damages, which are not really seen, unless we are quite observant of the symptoms. These symptoms are everywhere, if only we look.

Many of the questions asked about the dilemmas we experience these days are met with the answer of, “We don’t know what causes it”, but they know, do not be fooled.

It is quite shocking, unbelievable really, that our own government would do something so horrific to us. We must ask, “Why?”. What is the agenda? All the while, forests and lands and waters everywhere are being contaminated by the overhead sprays, and again they says things such as, “The trees are diseased”, you bet they are, they are dis-eased with the chemical concoction which makes it difficult for them to survive.

Forests everywhere are dying. The animal life that depends on healthy forest are dying too, or moving on the where there IS life still. Soon if we do not act, there will be nothing left. I implore people from the world over to observe and stand against this mass destruction.

We heard a president once give a speech on “weapons of mass destruction”, and we see these weapons in use, right here, right under our noses.

There are people who are employed to inflict this damage in the world. If they do not allow themselves to see the truth of the affect of their works, they will continue. Only when they refuse to be coerced and misled, only when they refuse to participate in the ruination of this wonderful planet, will it end.

People have power against the destroyer, but only if they educate themselves, and then stand strong in morality, and integrity, if not for themselves, then for their families, and of they have no family, then for the children of the world that will come up into tomorrow.

Our own bodies are dis-eased as well. Illness is met with, “We don’t know, take these pills, we’ll do blood work and tests, research it.” Yea, they’ll research it alright, they want to know the affects of these sprays on the human, and other, bodies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185878/Doctors-baffled-mystery-illness-causes-woman-grow-fingernails-instead-hair.html

There is something in the air now days which causes mysterious body system attacks. There are those who know full well what this is, and then there are those scratching their heads wondering.  NANO – Particles carry in them only what a few have privilege to know of, yet we ALL are exposed to … without our consent.

http://www.oecd.org/science/nanosafety/37770473.pdf

We ~ and this planet ~ Water, Land, Air … are experiencing all out warfare infliction, it is silent, yet the signs are everywhere, if only we pay attention.

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