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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.

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.

Afternoon Treats, and Concern

Published August 7, 2017 by tindertender

Yesterday I treated myself to the first mineral water soak, wrap, and massage I have ever experienced. I cannot believe I waited so long to indulge in this wonderful activity. Past ~ so much money and time have been spent on not so healthy practices. I lay on the cot in full wrap, just inside the open door, I listened to the birds speak … back and forth their calls to each other sounded, many different bird dialects from various species, SO beautiful.

I took video of the place I lived for 7 years. This is where I matured into adulthood.

I am saddened to see the once lush and full forest dwindling away as it dries up and deteriorates. I know exactly what is causing it and am so discouraged, for if the forests die, the animals will too … and that includes us.

My hope is that many people will begin to take note and understand the destruction that is happening right before our very eyes. We see it in the skies, evidence supporting the truth found right here in the trees, and indeed, in our own health issues. Our gardens do not grow as they once did. The FDA, who allows Monsanto’s poison in our foods and fluoride in our water, is doing nothing to stop the overhead spraying which pollutes soils all over the US. They now want to tell organic farmers what they can, and cannot do to ensure good crop growth.

It is so important to see through the facade and pay attention to the manipulation. It is the only way we will be able to stop it, for awareness is the first step.

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The thought of this forest being purposefully dried up, which will in turn, from a tiny spark, cause it to burn until absolutely destroyed, infuriates me. The spoon fed stories just don’t cut it any more.

Wide-spread Danger ~ Collapse Of Eco-systems

Published August 4, 2017 by tindertender

Fires blaze across countries, and we ask why? How does the opportunity for such flame increase so? We can thank the aerosol sprays from the planes and people who release them for much of it. These chemical concoctions have damaged our trees ability to absorb moisture, and what they do absorb is toxic, they become dry and brittle, and one tiny spark lights it all ablaze.

If the trees die, we die. Whole ecosystems are collapsing all over the globe and our rapidly dying trees are the most visible harbinger of what is unfolding. Few seem to notice the die-off until it is pointed out to them, but once recognized, what can be seen is alarming. On a geological time scale the human race has decimated planet Earth in the blink of an eye. Though there are countless sources of anthropogenic damage to our planet, climate engineering stands out above all the rest combined. The list of environmentally devastating factors directly relating to the ongoing geoengineering programs is very long. Trees are succumbing to this onslaught and the human race will follow if our species does not completely alter its current trajectory. Global geoengineering is completely disrupting the hydrological cycle (http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ge…), destroying the ozone layer (which is exposing all life on Earth to extreme UV radiation http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ex…), and contaminating the entire surface of the planet with highly toxic bioavailable heavy metals and chemicals. Massive levels of radio frequency transmissions directly related to climate engineering are yet another layer of destruction which is radically affecting the trees, us, and the biosphere as a whole. It is imperative to wake the masses to our common plight. All those who are already awake are needed to assist with the ongoing critically important campaign to awaken others. Arm yourself with critical data and pass it on, make every day count in this battle. The attached 10 minute video shows first hand how rapidly our forests are dying, if the trees die, we die.

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