Thursday, June 5, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 5

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 5
"It is not through the great skill of the hunter himself that success is achieved, but through the hunter's awareness of his place in Creation and his relationship to all things."
--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
If only the human being could understand the power of proper relationships, the need for power and control could be abandoned. It's not what is going on that matters, but how we look at what is going on. It's our relationship to it that counts. Nothing in the world has any meaning except the meaning we give to it. To be more effective at this, we need to consider our relationship with the Creator. Our relationship to the Great Spirit determines how we will perceive the meanings we put to places, people, institutions, and things. We need to let the Creator tell us and guide our thoughts about these relationships. Any relationship that we have that is causing problems means we need to pray for a new point of view.
Creator, let me see the world and the people through your eyes.

Beauty in Flight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day - “Only those that risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go...To define is to limit.” ~ Artist ~ Christopher Marona.

Packing’s importance to wilderness and the PCT

Packing’s importance to wilderness and the PCT

Michal Morse has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1973 and, as he says, “was fortunate” to assist in constructing some of the most beautiful parts of the PCT from Reds Meadow to Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Morse worked on trail crews since the early days of his career and now is the Trail/Wilderness Supervisor for the Mammoth Ranger District supervising trail crews, wilderness rangers and managing the agency Forest Stock Program. These horses and mules carry tools, and other supplies to backcountry crews, move camps and haul building materials.
“I believe they are essential to any major trail project,” he said. “Without stock support you could not maintain a good trails system. We continue to support any and all projects related to trail work on the PCT with mules.”
Moving tools and supplies after the Red's Meadow wind event.
Moving tools and supplies after the Red’s Meadow wind event.
In 2011, winds from the “devil’s storm” blew down more 500,000 trees near Reds Meadow. More than 200 miles of trail were blocked, including 32 miles of the PCT on the north zone of the Inyo National Forest. Working with the agency, PCTA, the Back Country Horsemen of California,corps crews and local volunteers began the long tedious task of cutting trees out of the trails.
The Forest Stock Program supported more than 150 trail workers in this endeavor by pulling trees off trails and hauling critical gear and equipment to crews as they marched through the woods. Crews often needed to be moved every 3 days depending on the speed of cutting they did. In the end, more than 5,000 trees were removed, cut or dragged off the trails and all 240 miles of trails were opened for wilderness users.
“Without the use of pack stock this would not have happened,” Morse said.
Packing in to a project on Mt. Whitney.
Packing in to a project on Mt. Whitney.
In 2014, PCTA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The PCT crosses 48 wilderness areas in its 2,650 miles, more than any other National Scenic Trail. For PCTA, this is also a celebration of our valued partnership with packers, who not only keep wilderness trails open, but help preserve the quiet and peaceful experience hikers and horseback riders deserve when they venture onto the PCT.
Packers and trail workers together below Mt. Whitney.
Packers and trail workers together below Mt. Whitney.
The photos below illustrate how pack stock made a trail project in Southern Washington possible and are part of an article in the Summer 2014 issue of the PCT Communicator magazine.
If you don’t get the magazine at home, please consider becoming a PCTA member. Your membership helps fund critical trail maintenance programs, including our vital support from packers.
Backcountry Horsemen and PCTA packing into a project.
Packing in to a work site.

Trail crew volunteers doing reconnaissance for our major work project in the Goat Rocks.

Author: Mark Larabee

Mark Larabee is Managing Editor of the PCT Communicator, PCTA's quarterly magazine. Formerly a reporter for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Ore., Larabee is a nationally recognized journalist, part of a team of reporters and editors who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He hiked the PCT across Oregon for a 2005 series for the paper and has been with PCTA since 2010. He lives in Portland.

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 4

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 4
"Wakan Tanka never stops creating."
--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches about change. It says that which is created will fall apart; that which is loose, will be used to create new. In other words, everything on Earth is participating in a constant change that is being directed by an order of laws and principles which were originated by the Great Spirit. We humans are equipped with natural change abilities. We have the ability to vision; we can use imagination and imagery; we can change belief, attitude, habits, and expectations. We need to know ourselves and we need to know how we work inside to enable us to change naturally.
Great Spirit, teach me to change in harmony.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Team One Spirit Motto

I pray for you

~ I asked the Lord to bless you
As I prayed for you today
to guide you and protect you
as you go along the way... 

His love is always with you
His promises are true
and when we give him all of our cares
you know He will see us through

So when the road you are traveling on
seems difficult at best
just remember I am here praying
and God will do the rest.

*God bless and keep sharing the Good News !!! ~ C4C

Photo provided by, Amie Stoughton-Rummenie

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 2

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 2
"The Natural Law is the final and absolute authority governing E Te No Ha, the earth we call our Mother."
--Traditional Circle of Elders
There is no power greater than the Natural Laws. These powers were set up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access to it, except by obeying. If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws, our live will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress. If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the Earth, we poison ourselves. As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves and our children, even the children unborn. May we think about this today and ask ourselves, "Are we holding and acting toward the Mother Earth in a good way?"
Great Spirit, teach me the Natural Laws that govern the Earth.

Mornin' Coffee

Sunday, June 1, 2014



Team One Crazy Horse Ride

Diana Volk Photo

Joe Rogers photo

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 1

Elder's Meditation of the Day June 1
"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.
Great Spirit, today, open my ears so I can hear the Elders.