Picnic in the Park

24 Apr

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April 23, 2014

Another nice morning at the campground! Today i have to leave and head back to the coast. I saw the birds were looking around this morning, so i thought they were looking for some more popcorn. So made them another batch, because they never had popcorn before, and i don’t know when they will get some again. So i made some coffee, and then the plan is to head into the big city and find an army surplus store. I sure had a nice trip over here. It’ is a beautiful country, and very nice place to visit and explore. I have seen things i have never seen before over here. It’s very amazing. The nice thing is, it’s close enough, i can visit nearly anytime i wish.

So that was the plan for today, go to the army surplus store. Because She told me, the new hoodie i picked out is too flimsy, and the pocket already ripped out. So She told me to go to army surplus store and pick out a new coat. And also, i saw a backpack i liked, and She said i can get it too. So i got a watch cap, a coat and a backpack at the army surplus store. I like that store. They have everything – wool clothes, new and surplus, wool blankets, coats, raingear, boots gloves. Alot of outdoor stuff, including books about hiking in Oregon, in the Gorge, and waterfall hikes etc. As well as tents, and boats etc. I didn’t even have time to look at all the stuff they have. But if you ever get a chance, i suggest you should go there. The name of the store is Andy & Bax in Portland. Also i got a new small pack for my shower kit, because my other one ripped out. So now i have some new gear, and i know where to get more if i need any. Also, they have hand grenades and military patches etc if you like that kind of stuff.

Then, i remembered, after the surplus store then we are going to stop by the internet center and check up on the news and such. It is a pretty rainy day, so it’s a good day to read the news. Even though it is rainy, i like it very much.

All this rain makes me think about what Brandon told me at work. Brandon said they have this new kind of stuff that is like a wonder chemical, and if you spray it on your shoes, no dirt or nothing can stick to your shoes. He told me this because he just bought new shoes out of the catalog, and they already got scuffed up. He said if you stay up late and watch tv, you will see shows about this new wonder stuff, and he said you can spray it all over you, and no dirt can get on you. He said, if he would have been thinking, he would have got some of that new wonder stuff and put it on his shoes when they were new. Sounds like some kind of wonder, thats for sure. He also told me he saw a report that said oranges aren’t really that good for you, and they just rot out your teeth. I wonder where he is getting his information from. I just don’t know what they are teaching the kids nowadays. 
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Ainsworth Campground and Gorge 400 Trail to Horsetail Falls

23 Apr

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April 22, 2014 Ainsworth Park 400 Trail

Tuesday morning i woke up about the same time i usually do, 9am or so. And i was happy to have a relaxing day. I got up, made some coffee, and today’s plans were to explore the signs i saw about the Gorge 400 trail that goes through the Ainsworth campground. So i went off to follow the trails and see where they went for my morning walk. First the trail leads out of Ainsworth, right next to my campsite, and goes through the forest. It’s a very beautiful walk. I went a long there a ways, and found another sign, the trail going to the picnic area in one direction, or to the main trail in the other direction. So i went to the main trail. Now, sometimes, i just walk where ever i go. Sometimes, i have a choice of two or three directions i can walk. And usually, i listen for Her Voice, and inevitably i will hear a small bird singing. And i always follow the sound of HEr Voice, and thats always where She leads me. And while walking along i always think about things and i can begin to receive understanding sometimes. So i followed the sound of Her Voice, and soon She lead me up the trail, and i discovered something very neat. And that is, you can set up your camp in Ainsworth, and then you can just hike 1.2 miles on the really nice trail, and it takes you straight over to Horsetail Falls trailhead. Very cool! So you can take your lunch, hike over to the falls and all around , have a picnic on the way, and then have a beautiful hike back to the campground. Without even having to drive anywhere. So thats what i did first thing in the morning on my morning walk. After that i went back home and it was about a 2.2 mile walk. So i thought, what will i do next? It might rain, so i didn’t want to go on any long hikes. So i thought, Popcorn for lunch! So i made some popcorn and sat at the picnic table to have lunch. Next thing i know, a chipmunk came right up next to the table. I thought, Oh, the chipmunk smells the popcorn, and he wants some too. I generally don’t feed the animals too much, except the birds. It’s the same as putting out a bird feeder. So i thought about it, and i thought, well, the chipmunk wants some popcorn, he can have as much as he wants, because i have a ton of this stuff! But, first i thought to myself, if it would be OK with EArth Mother if i give the popcorn to the chipmunk. And She said, Yes, just this once, that they can have as much as they want. So, i was happy, and i had some left over popcorn that i didn’t eat, and i put it in the grass for the chipmunks. They really like popcorn, and so do the bluejays and the crows. Soon, the chipmunks were eating the popcorn, then a couple of bluejays showed up, and they ate some too. Then a few more bluejays showed up, and two crows also came by. But, by the time the crows showed up, the other animals had eaten all the popcorn. So i thought, hmmm, they can have as much as they want, and they are still looking for some more. So, i made another batch. And my popcorn recipe was a big hit! We had a big picnic. The chipmunks came, two or three, about 5 or 6 bluejays, and two crows. I even saw one bunny that came by. We all had popcorn. I put the popcorn out in the grass, then i sat in the truck and watched them eat the popcorn. All the animals shared the popcorn and there was no fighting or anything. They really like popcorn. Earth Mother said to me that it is corn, and it is very good for them, and that is why they like it so much. Plus, She said, it is one of the kinds of food that they can’t get by themselves. They need humans help to eat this kind of corn, and it is like a delicacy to them. I was thinking, corn, soaked in vegetable oil, it probably is really good for them and makes them strong and able to fly real fast and stay warm in the rain. So it was really fun, and we all had as much popcorn as we wanted. Then, later it was getting towards evening i went and hit the showers. And when i came back, all my friends had cleaned up everything from our picnic, and they all went home for the day. It was a real fun day. I thought about a lot of things. One thing realized is that our brain is kind of like our home computer. We only have so much computing ability. And if we devote 50% of our brain to worrying, then we only have 50% of our brain to do other things with. So i can see how worry is like running malware in our brains. It is counterproductive, and a waste of our brain energy and cuts down on our ability to do our best. Also, i thought about how water is recognized as the universal cleaning agent. We use water to wash everything. Our selves, our hands, our dishes, our clothes, our car, the dog, our insides, etc. Yet, many of the things they call “soap” actually make the water dirtier, not cleaner. Like some of the chemical “cleaners” they use actually put poisons into the water, and yet, they call it “soap”. Odd. It’s kind of like how they sent us to school, to make us all dumb.

Well, again, Tuesday was another fun day. We had a huge picnic that lasted until dark and a lot of friends showed up. Earth Mother said popcorn is a good way to make friends, and i found out, if you want to attract some animals around you, cook up a batch of popcorn. It rained off and on, so i was glad i didn’t go on a long hike and get soaked. Plus, 8 miles uphill is about my days limitation for a hike right now. It felt good to rest up. Tuesday night is my last night at the campground, so Wednesday my plans are to go into town and find an army surplus store, and then find my way back home to the coast. So Tuesday night i had a good shower, and another good nights rest. I thank God for my camping trip, and everything i have been given. And i also thank God for giving me a warm, dry place to sleep at night. Something not everyone has.

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Larch Mountain Hike from Wahkeena

23 Apr

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April 21, 2014 Larch Mountain

This week i read the weather forecast and it looked like Monday was going to be the best day to go to Larch Mountain, an eight mile hike to the top.
I don’t know why i wanted to go up there, ever since i saw the sign, on the Wahkeena to Multnomah hike. But i did, and so this was the day to go. Sunday night i drove up again to Ainsworth and Monday morning i got up as early as i could. I got to the Wahkeena trailhead about 930am and took off up the trail. I planned on going to Larch Mountain and back and being back about 8:30pm. And then again, i went up the Wahkeena trail, right up next to Wahkeena Falls, farther up to Fairy Falls, all the way to the top of the hill at 1.9 miles. From there i took the Wahkeena 420 trail over to Larch Mountain 441 trail. The 441 trail goes either to Multnomah Falls and it also follows Multnomah Creek upstream. Where the trail eventually goes up then cuts over to Larch Mountain.
And that is also a very beautiful hike. It is like a second part of the Wahkeena hike. Once you follow Multnomah Creek uphill quite aways, the trail cuts over and then goes through mostly forest and trees and one big rock pile area you have to hike through. The steepest part is the first 2 miles. After that, it mellows out quite a bit. But it is pretty much uphill all the way to the top of Larch Mountain. And i’m pretty sure, that last mile of the hike is about three miles long. I went uphill so long, and after about 5 miles, i again became hot and tired. Remembering from my other hike how nice it was to take a nap, i began to look for a place i could lay down and sleep. Soon, i came to a big section of woods where this really thick moss is growing all over, like a big carpet. It was pretty dry, and looked pretty comfy. So i pulled over, took off my shoes and just laid down to sleep. It was different too. There was no sound of anything. No water. No wind. No birds. No traffic. There was just no sound at all. So then i went to sleep in complete silence. After 45 minutes i started to wake up because my sweaty back was now beginning to feel cold, but i felt like i could sleep even longer. However, even though i was on schedule, or even slightly ahead, i had time constraints. So i got up and kept going on uphill more and more. A nap is very invigorating though, and i started out with renewed energy. Soon i could tell i was getting closer to the top. The sign said 1.5 miles. Almost there! That’s only 1 hour more of uphill hiking! Earth Mother had already told me earlier that we were going to take it easy tomorrow, on Tuesday. She already told me our plans were to spend Tuesday exploring the 400 trail at Ainsworth campground and taking it easy. So i was on the last mile, and it just seemed to last forever. I kept going up, and up, for what seemed like hours. Finally, i started to come across some picnic tables. The sign said there was a picnic area on Larch Mountain. So i figured this must be it. There were some old picnic tables all covered in moss. Finally, i made it to the top. But it was all trees, so i began to look around for a lookout point, or a viewpoint. Then i found a parking lot, and found out that you can drive all the way there, when the park is open apparently. There i saw a trail marked Sherard Point and the information sign said there was a viewpoint there. So i walked out that trail a ways. Soon i came to a few sets of huge stairs going up and up. I was like oh man, trudging up all the stairs, one by one. God said the last mile is the hardest mile. Because we are tired and it is also the roughest mile. So on i kept going until finally, i made it to the top and the lookout point. And it is well worth the hike! From the lookout point, they have markers that tell you all the names of all the mountains you can see, and tells you how far they are. You can see Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, Mount Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams. Mt Hood is only 22 miles away. However, i couldn’t see the other mountains, because by this time of the day, 4pm, it had gotten gray and overcast, and it began to rain on me a little bit. I had to put back on my thermal shirt and my new coat, because there was some snow on the ground up here. It is 4,000 feet elevation up there. When i took my shirt off to put on my thermal shirt, it rained on me , and that was a funny feeling. So i had a look around at the viewpoint, took some photos, and then i had to get going. I had to go back 8 miles to the parking lot, but fortunately, it was all down hill, most of the way. So by now i was rested, had some water and almonds and took off down the stairs quickly, thinking how i need to go quickly because i already knew i was going to walk part way in the dark. And on rough trails, it is a concern. So i went down the stairs quickly, and when i go to the bottom of all those steep stairs, i had to get in my pack for something, and when i did, i realized i left my water bottle up on the bench, at the top of the lookout. So, back up all the stairs i went. Oh man, it was making my legs tired too. I finally got my water bottle and then i headed down the mountain, the same way i came up. Very fun trip, and very worthwhile. It would even be more fun to go on a clear day when you would be able to see all those other mountains from the viewpoint. It’s a very beautiful hike. Multnomah Falls on one end, and Larch Mountain on the other end. I like it because it has waterfalls, a river hike, and it comes out on a mountaintop viewpoint. Very, very beautiful. I told God thank you very much to invite me there and spend time with me there, and show me all these beautiful places. I have been very fortunate, indeed.

Again i had apples and almonds. As soon as i got up to this really nice creek on the hike, i dumped out the city water i had brought and filled my water bottle with water from the stream. It is soooo good! Going uphill i drank three liters of water. Plus i took one bottle home with me. I still have it. I headed down the trail, somewhat quickly, and then i came across another hiker, the first person i saw since 10am. This guy was almost to the top of Larch Mountain walking towards me, and i was headed downhill. He asked me if i had seen any other hikers, and i said no. He said he got separated from his hiking partner and he wanted to know if he could walk with me back down to the road. Because it was already after 5pm, and there were 8 miles to go, and only three hours until dark. So i said No problem, sure you can walk with me. So we went down the hill and talked about a few different things on the way. It was kind of distracting to me, because i wanted to think about God, and EArth Mother the whole way. But, She told me on the way, that She was glad that i made a new friend and She was happy walking along with us. So we went down the trail and we reached the trailhead at 8:40pm, right on time. A very fun day, indeed. My new friend found his hiking partner also got back to the car at the same time we did, so everyone made it home safely. As a token of appreciation, my friend gave me a new watch cap, because i somehow lost mine on the trail. So it was a fun day. I went back to Ainsworth where i had already paid for three nights stay and had popcorn and hit the showers. My plans for the next day were to take it easy and check out the signs i had seen in the campground to the 400 trail. It was too rainy for me to put up a tent so i went to sleep in my camper and slept very well.

Now, before my hike had started, i had asked God a few things. I asked God, how come things are the way they are? How can God let people be mean to his people, and to his animals, and to his planet, and He doesn’t do anything. I felt bad, after asking God this, because i felt like i was questioning God. And i don’t like to question God. But i wanted to have understanding, because i don’t understand it. Then, after that i went to sleep in the morning, i felt bad and apologized to God for asking hard questions. And God told me, it’s OK, He understands that it is my concern for others, and it is a good question. And God basically made me understand, He has already answered me this before. Basically, it is not time yet, and i also understood, He is doing something about it. I can see what He is doing. But this time, Earth Mother basically told me that i am too little to understand some things. There are some things that i am just unable to understand right now, just as there are some things that small children cannot comprehend. So i can accept that. So i had felt some better understanding. And then i began to think how God has taught me not to be angry, and God gave me the Peace Books and their teachings of the Essene Gospel. So it dawned on me that God is teaching me not to be angry, then it would be against the very nature of God for Him to be angry. In fact, it seems to be that God and angry don’t go together. Because God does not get angry. Satan gets angry. Now, i am not completely sure, but i am beginning to believe that it is not possible for God to be angry. It is completely against His Nature. So , my walking theme Monday, EArth Mother told me was to think about this on my walk, how God is unable to be angry, and what that meant to me. So i did, i thought about it on my entire walk. And i am still thinking about it. I remember Monday, i asked if God gets angry. And Earth Mother said to me, No God does not get angry, and then i’m pretty sure i heard Her giggling. So i was very glad, and i learned that i am Eternally Grateful to God, for all He has done for me, and given to me. And God also let me know that it’s good to have questions and seek understanding, but it’s not good for me to try and put myself in God’s place, and say this is what should be done, or that is what should be done. Because only God is capable of fulfilling God’s Place.
And so i went on the Most Beautiful walk ever, part II, and saw a beautiful mountain top view. It was a very wonderful day. And i was glad that the next day, Tuesday, i could sleep in as late as i wanted and take it easy all day and have a nice relaxing day off. Image

Ready, Let’s Walk !

20 Apr

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April 20, 2014 Is Dying Like Waking From a Bad Dream?

I am a different person today, than i was a year ago. Last year, i tried to control the ocean, by commanding the waves. This year i no longer wish to control the ocean, but i prefer to live in harmony with the ocean instead. I have a lot more knowledge this year than i did last year. I had a crash course and even now it is like i have just read an entire set of encyclopedias, and i am reading another new book each day. I’m glad it’s the time for field trips! This week i plan on going back to explore the Gorge area some more. I’m not sure of the exact plan. I’ll figure it out on the way. Or once we get there. The one thing i do know is that it will be fun!

Now i was feeling very happy about all the new developments in my life and all the fun and excitement i have been having recently. So i prayed to God that i might not get too giddy. Because i recognize that is the time when i suffer from a fall or attack. And i have noticed an great increase in my prosperity since i have been praying daily to have SAtan removed from all parts of me, my body, my thoughts and my feelings. God is in my Thoughts at all times, and so i give thanks quite often to God for answering my prayers. Sometimes i may pray 4 or 5 times a day, asking God to remove Satan. And God does. So i prayed that i will remain calm in my happiness and not get too carried away.

I thought about how God Speaks to us. And my experience is that God speaks to me through my Thoughts. I have never heard loud booming voices in the wilderness or any sounds. But i have heard God Speak to me in my thoughts. And i thought, God spoke to me with the Word; and God is the Word.

I have been trying to set a good example at my work and the subject of Christianity came up with my coworker Brandon. And Brandon is a non believer. He is only 20 years and he reminds me exactly of myself at that age. Brandon has been partly turned off to Christians by certain sects who come knocking on his door incessantly, week after week. And they bug him, like pushy salesmen, he said. And i know exactly what he’s talking about. I remember going through the same thought process, trying to figure out who God was, when i was young and just starting out. So i already told him i am a Christian. So i thought about it, and i thought, the best advertising i can do for Jesus, is the example i set by my behavior. Then Brandon can see that not all Christians are hippocrites and neither are they all forward and pushy. But rather, some Christians are just really nice folks.

You can tell some people the Truth, and they just won’t believe you. Now people can say what ever they want. People can believe what ever they want. And they usually do. People are quite willing to believe in all manner of lies and untruths. And yet, many are unwilling to accept the Truth. I know this is true , because i was one of those people at one time. People had told me the Truth, and i did not accept it. So i begin to realize now, learning about God and becoming to have a personal relationship with God is something that each person has to do on their own. People have to figure it out on their own. And so i could say, there are two basic types of people. Those who walk in the Light, and those who walk in the Dark. And yet, God tells me there is another type of person also – those folks who are Waking from the Darkness.

I told Brandon that some certain sects of Christianity are not particular pleasing to other Christians. I told him that certain sects have a good idea in mind, and they are trying to do something good to help Brandon. Now whether they are actually doing anything to help Brandon is debatable. Because i remember the old saying A careless friend can do more damage than a 100 enemies. And i also remember what Jesus tells us in Scripture. And that is to beware of God’s Wrath, those people who would cause His Children to stumble. So i will hope to set a good example , that it may be a reflection of the Love that God has for me, and which i in turn, have for my brothers. Because i love all my brothers. Those who walk in the Light, and those who yet walk in darkness. Because, i was once also walking in darkness myself. Up until about a year ago.
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Bridal Veil

19 Apr

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April 16 Bridal Veil Falls

Another night i spent at Ainsworth and had dinner there, put up my tent next to some bushes and went to sleep for the night. The A row is right next to the forest, very nice. I could hear critters in the bushes late at night. Both nights i stayed there i accidentally spilled some popcorn around my camp. And both mornings, someone had cleaned up all the popcorn for me. The birds or somebody. Well, Wednesday morning i got up and made coffee, and i had the days plans in mind. Today was Latourell , Sheppards Dell and Bridal Veil Falls, then back home to the coast, and Neahkahnie hike on the way home. So i went to each of the falls. Latourell Falls has a pretty good hike if you want to see the upper falls, but the lower falls are right next to the highway. The upper falls are very big. Sheppards Dell is a smaller falls, and then Bridal Veil is a medium size, very pretty. A neat thing about Bridal Veil is the viewing and park area. The falls are pretty, but they have a lot of viewpoints and picnic tables everywhere, overlooking the Gorge and Columbia. In fact, Bridal Veil has a good picnic area, so does Wahkeena, and Latourell Falls has a state picnic park right next to it. So after seeing the falls, there are plenty of places to have a picnic. There are also a lot of drinking fountains in the area. I have found that the drinking fountains are similar to payphones, in that some work, and many of them don’t.

I got photos and visited the three falls, which were easy walks from the road, and then got ready and headed out for the coast. I got to Seaside, and She said She would buy me a new hoodie, and new hiking shoes, if i wished, because my leather work boots aren’t really for hiking. But i like them, they are lightweight and waterproof. I also bought a new memory card, so that i could replace the bulky 32 GB card with a more convenient 8GB card. Thats when i was in Seaside and i saw the sign that said Star Furniture, and they used a starfish to make the A in the word Star. Finally, i got ready and i remembered the Neahkahnie trail head is between milepost 41 and 42 on Highway 101. So i went there, found the trailhead, and after getting gas, i went to have a look around at Neahkahnie trail. There was a map there that said 1.8 miles to the summit. I realized, i got there just exactly in time to make it to the summit and get back just at dark, my favorite hike. I had calculated my hiking speed about 1.7mph so as long as i kept up my normal speed i could make it fine. As long as it didn’t get too steep. So i grabbed a raincoat, my sweatshirt, and some water and took off up the trail in the rain. No problem, i will not be more than one hour from the truck at any time on this hike, so i don’t mind hiking in the rain. It was very warm. I got going, and it gets a little steep, going up Neahkahnie trail, and soon i realized i had too many coats. Just like on Eagle Creek, i ended up carrying my heavy coat and sweatshirt in the pack all day. So i thought, well, i’m too hot to wear all these coats and it’s raining, so i am just going to get wet. That’s all there is to it. So i did, took off the raincoat and sweatshirt and hiked Neahkahnie in the rain and i just got soaked. But i was very hot from hiking, so it was not bad at all. I almost went past the summit without realizing it was the summit. I climbed and looked around, but of course in the rain and fog i couldn’t see the ocean. But now i know where that trail is, and maybe on another sunny day i can stop by and go take a look around. It’s another pretty forest hike, with a viewpoint on top. I went back to the truck just in time again and drove on to the campground at Devils Lake, where i was glad to get a shower and a spot for the night. I stayed in the same spot i stayed in that park back in 1993. Funny. So it was a very fun day, a very fun three days. Now that i know i can make it on a 17 mile hike, i think i can plan a hike from Wahkeena up the hill, and over to Larch Mountain and back. It’s a steeper hike than Eagle Creek, but if i start out at 7 or 8 am, i will give myself an extra three or four hours to make the hike. Sounds good to me. And so i will be trying to make figure out where we are going on my next three days off.

Today i was realizing, i no longer go looking for EArth Mother. I have since just acknowledged that She is always near me. I just know She is there. At all times. I Know it. Another thing i realized too. And that is, Not all of the things i was told when i was a child were lies. Unlike santa, Jesus is Real. God is Real. Also i realize all my brothers are slightly different from each other in different ways – skin color, hair color etc. But, i also realized, even more importantly, is that all my brothers are more alike than we are different. And so i hope there will come a time when people will recognize their brothers for whether if they are kind or not, instead of by what color their skin is.

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Tunnel Falls

19 Apr

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Tunnel Falls

There are a lot of important things to do everyday. The most important thing for me to do every day is my Prayers. Now i have been trying to get better, and not pray like the pagans, rambling on. I try to keep my three main prayers; Lord’s Prayer, thanks for forgiving my sins, and praying that Satan will be removed from all parts of me, my body, my thoughts and my feelings. I say these prayers morning and night. I have seen that Jesus is answering my prayers, as He has so many times before. I am terrible though, at times, i do ramble on, and my thoughts wander in the middle of my prayer and i think about other things. Then i suddenly remember, oh, i was in the middle of my prayer. Sometimes i think i have fallen asleep while saying my prayers. So for me, this is my first priority. Every day.

Well here i was going out the 440 trail at Eagle Creek towards Tunnel Falls, the turnaround point. And i was moving quickly so that i could get back at a reasonable hour. The idea i had was to hurry to the point, then walk normally back. However, i had conserved all my camera battery for the hike back home, at least as much as i could. And i began to estimate the time to photograph Punchbowl Falls might be getting close to dark. So i understood that i would also have to go home quickly, in order to get photos. Punchbowl Falls is 2.2 miles so a nice 5 mile hike to go slow on and the falls are really pretty. I didn’t want to miss those photos. So i hurried out the trail, trying to soak in as much scenery as i could. It’s a very beautiful hike with several waterfalls and you follow the creek the whole time. Then, just as i calculated, i arrived at Tunnel Falls. And it’s one where you walk around the corner, and there it is! It’s a monster too. Very big and loud. And the trail is carved out of the rock wall, with a tunnel going underneath the falls, so you have to walk under the falls to continue up the trail. Very cool! It makes you get wet, because of the spray of the waterfall. I saw another couple at the Tunnel Falls, and they said the waterfall was like getting a kiss from nature because they had jogged out there. And i thought, that is kind of what happened to me. I feel like i got a kiss from Earth Mother and i feel like She gave me a Box of Life’s Chocolates. I have never seen so many beautiful places as i have in the past two weeks.

I had put off eating until the turnaround point, as time was an issue. So when i reached Tunnel Falls i played around on the trail and took some video and pictures. Later, God told me, No clowning around when i am making His Movies. Then i had my lunch, apple and almonds. Today, i only drank 1.5 liter of water during the 17 mile hike. I think that people not only eat too much, they also drink too much. I think people believe if they drink a lot and go to the bathroom a lot that it is good for them. However, i believe it is just a waste to drink more than necessary, and it also overworks the body systems. The kidneys, etc. So i don’t guzzle water, and while hiking, i only usually take a drink when my mouth feels like its dry and cotton. And then, only a moderate drink. I don’t sweat profusely on my hikes, and i only urinated like 3 times all day. So as long as i replenish only the amount loss, then my body will remain in water balance. Drinking more only makes me urinate more, because now i have too much water. I believe we should get most of our water from our food, and thus, we don’t need to drink a lot of extra water. And then, only what is required to replace what we have lost. Just like waiting to eat until i am very hungry, i believe it’s better for me to wait until i am very thirsty before drinking. The nice thing about these waterfall hikes is that i can always find a small stream to get clear pure water from. Now i have to be careful what water to drink, because there is a lot of beaver fever in the water. So my rule is, i never drink water from a stream large enough for a beaver to live in. Only small streams. As far as i know, and i have been drinking mountain water for years, i have never gotten sick from water. Yesterday, when i was on the Angels REst hike, i drank my 1.5 liter about 7 miles, so i got some clear pure water from a small stream. It’s so good of water! So i filled my water bottle and had that 1.5 liter on my Eagle Creek hike. I thought about the water and imagined that it was magic water and gave me Life Energy.

Another thing i have noticed about my own eating , is that i have gotten to notice when i am eating because i am hungry, or because it tastes good. Now sometimes, i have found myself with a two pound jar of mixed nuts, eating nuts because they taste good, not because i am hungry. So i try to pay attention to that. It reminds me of something i learned on the farm when i was 5 years old. One of my jobs every day, twice a day, was to get a coffee can of grain, fill it full of grain, and place it by where each cow gets milked. Then when father would milk the cow, he would give it a can of grain to eat while being milked. My father taught me that it was very important! to always close and latch the door to the grain room, the room where we had big barrels of grain stored and where i filled the cans. Father said that if a cow gets into the grain barrel, it will eat so much grain until it stomach swells up and it dies. A cow just doesn’t know any better. My father said a horse will not do this, but cows will. So i was always very careful to make sure i locked the door so the cows couldn’t get in there. My eating habits lately are kind of like just snacking on apples and almonds, cheese and crackers or popcorn and oranges whenever i get hungry. I took just the right amount of food on the Eagle Creek hike, 5 apples and the almonds. In two days i ate 5 apples and one pound of almonds each day, and a bowl of popcorn and an orange at night. I never get leg cramps anymore, at least for a long time. I did have one some time back, and it’s inconvenient, because of my camper, i can’t just sit up straight suddenly and straighten out my leg if it gets a cramp. So i’m glad i don’t get them anymore. I think eating a lot of salty popcorn and almonds helps. So anyway, i finished my lunch at Tunnel Falls and headed back. It was kind of a sad feeling, because i didn’t want the hike to end. I didn’t want the day to end. It was a very special day for me. But i had to hurry to get back before dark and so i hustled back and made it in time, and just enough camera battery to get about three pictures of Punchbowl Falls. I like my Fujifilm camera a lot, but the battery is definitely a weak point. Good thing it’s waterproof :o) . I headed back down the trail and thought about what a wonderful day it has been, what a wonderful few days, a wonderful week, months, year. Very amazing. I really like seeing the waterfalls, and i thought, EArth Mother can baptize people in the waterfalls! How cool! I made it back to the parking lot just as i had calculated, and then i had 2.6 miles to go, about the last mile in the dark because it was almost 8pm. One thing i realized, when i got back to Eagle Creek trailhead is that i hadn’t heard the freeway traffic all day. Once you head out that trail, the roar and sound of the freeway disappears. And you won’t hear it again until you come back. The last 2.5 miles is paved and pretty level so i made it back to the truck at almost 9pm. I was glad, because now i could spend another night in Ainsworth, and then the next morning, the plan was to go see the falls on the map as i had planned for today. But now i had since discovered it was not todays plan, it was the plan for tomorrow. This had been a very fun day. Lots of waterfalls, i saw the bridge, i saw a Rainbow, the Tunnel Falls and i also diiscovered and walked on the Pacific Crest Trail. Too bad, i thought, that i have only one more day, then i have to go back. And thats when God said to me, I already got you 3 days off. What more do you want? And then i thought, Yes, thats very true. Thank you very much, God!

 

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Eagle Creek 440 Trail

18 Apr

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April 15, 2014 Eagle Creek Trail 440

I was really glad to discover Ainsworth campground. A good thing about the campground is that the A row of parking and the walk in tent camping is right up next to the wilderness forest, right at the base of a huge mountain. The B row is alongside the highway. But they have a nice spot, good water pressure and very hot water, the main things i like. Plus, there must be 100 waterfalls in the area and a hundred miles of trails to walk on. It’s very beautiful. I woke up in Ainsworth campground. I fell asleep until about 6:30am then i got up and made coffee. I wanted to get going on another hike, but i didn’t know where i was going for sure. When that happens, i just drive, and then i find out on the way. Well i had to wait quite awhile for the camp host to open the payment box, so i was looking around at their brochures and flyers, and thats when i found all the maps to all the main waterfalls in the area, plus to the whole Gorge area. Then i knew why i had to wait around for the camp host. Because now i had maps and walking distances, to everything. So i looked at the map and i quickly figured out where i was going for the day. First, i was going to go to Elowah Falls. 289 feet ! Then, after that, i was going to go back the other way on the scenic highway, and look at three waterfalls on that end, which are Bridal Veil, Sheppards Dell and Latourell. Now i don’t even pay attention to the names of the waterfalls, because it’s pretty ridiculous. They named Latourell after some loggers that went in there and clear cut all the old growth forest. Many of the ancient names of the falls have been lost and forgotten. So i don’t care what the name of it is. I just go there to see it. Like one waterfall, they named after some guy that worked for the Forest Service. OK. Well, anyway, I decided only to go see those four waterfalls and save a few for another time. Now that i had maps, i made a good plan. So off i go to the first stop, Elowah Falls. And next thing i know, i drive right up to Horsetail Falls. Oops . I went the wrong way. I get all turned around when i am a tourist. So i went and saw Horsetail Falls next, and it is right next to the road. And very beautiful. So then, ok, now i’m going to go in the right direction and go see Elowah Falls. I went up the road, and it is quite a ways. It is the old highway, so it goes here and there. I was getting close to where the Elowah Falls must be, but i can’t find them. Somehow, the map says they are on this road, but they are not. So i’m driving up the road, trying to find the falls, and next thing i know, i am forced onto the on ramp of the interstate highway going east. Oops. Now there really went my plan. Well, now i’m going east on the freeway, so that must mean we are going to see Bridge of the Gods and the Bonneville Dam driveby first, and then on the way back, stopping off to see the falls as i had planned. So here we go up the freeway, and that’s when i saw the giant Rainbow! It was so bright! I was very happy to see it. So then i went by Bonneville, and i couldn’t see much as i drove by on the freeway. I kept going north, because i wanted to see this thing i saw on the map that they called the Bridge of the Gods. So i drove up to Cascade Locks on the freeway and followed the Bridge of the Gods signs until i found the so called bridge of the gods that you have to pay a dollar to drive over to Washington State. But first, just before the Bridge of the Gods, there is a trailhead parking lot for the bridge of the Gods. So i went in there, and i found out there are hiking trails in that area. So i thought, hmm this is also where the Pacific Crest trail is, and also it goes to the EAgle Creek trail i read about online. Well, it must be for us to go on a hike in the future, because i already had figured out my plans for the day. So i left there, and went and drove across the bridge of the Gods, a bridge that goes from Oregon to Washington. I looked around over on the Washington side, and i saw that this was just a normal type of bridge. So, i was like , what? Then , i realized, the reason i came over here is because today i was going to go on the Eagle Creek hike i read about at the Bridge of the Gods trailhead! Very cool! Because this was said to be a 12 mile roundtrip hike along the Gorge and had several waterfalls, including Punchbowl Falls, upper and lower, also some others. That meant that this hike was going to take all day, and i wouldn’t get back til dark, and that meant that i was going to get to stay another night in the campground! It was a very happy moment for me when i figured out what we were doing. Because i thought we were heading back home today instead. So i went back across the bridge and gave that lady another dollar. Then , i went to the trailhead. And it is another of my many blessings that i have been given so many one dollar bills. Because they come in so handy sometimes. Like going across the bridge, and also, paying the fee to go on the hike and even taking showers for two dollars. So i went back to the parking lot and got ready for the hike. This time i only took 5 apples and one pound of almonds and 1.5 liter of water. But it was drizzly and rainy, and i didn’t know whether it might rain or it might even downpour, so i wore my jacket and my sweatshirt, and carried dry shirts and socks too. Just in case. Then i headed out the trail at about 10:17am. And i had the perfect time, because i calculated my time to go round trip would be exactly perfect to get back at dark. So i headed up the trail, and then i began thinking about the Pacific Crest Trail, and how i was walking on it, a little bit. It was very fun. I followed the signs, and went up the road, and found the signs and started heading up into the woods. However, the names on the signs were not the names i was looking for. I wanted to go to Eagle Creek 440 trail, and this was not it. Why not? Before i went too far into the woods, i began to think , why was this. I followed the trail and the signs from the trailhead all the way, so this had to be right. Or was it? Then i figured out, the trail goes two directions. North, and south. I went south instead. So when i figured this out, i turned around, and headed back. No problem. I only used about half an hour doing that. I still had plenty of time. But now i figured out that today, we were going to be doing something a little different.

Usually Mother tells me not to rush on the trail. But today i understood that i was going to do what i learned about before. Which is hurrying without rushing. What i was going to do was move quickly without rushing to the turnaround tree, then once there, i could walk slowly back and take my time. OK. Today my backpack was feeling better already. I only had 5 apples, and i ate one right away, so i didn’t have to carry so many. I finally found the trail going to the north, and it actually took me over to the Cascade Locks Trailhead, another hike to go on. It also is the State Trail to EAgle Creek, which is the one i wanted. Finally, about 11am i found the right trail, and it was flat and paved, and i felt like i was taking the freeway to Eagle Creek. After hiking up steep rugged trails the past few days, this flat ground was really nice for walking on. Except i prefer dirt trails to pavement. I was just cruising over to Eagle Creek. That trail takes you by Ruckle Creek and some pretty scenery. It also takes you through a tunnel that goes all the way under I84 freeway. I got over to Eagle Creek, then i realized i could also have taken the Gorge 400 Trail and gotten there. Eagle Creek is a very pretty setting, right alongside the creek. Which to me is more like a river. I saw a lot of birds, colored singing birds and ducks too. And also, on this hike i saw a lot of flowers. I got to the trailhead at EAgle Creek and looked at their map. I saw the trail goes some 14 miles or more, much farther than i can go. But, also saw that 6 miles up the trail is Tunnel Falls, which has a tunnel that you can walk behind the falls. So i thought, this is it, this is the falls i have been looking for, the ones you can walk behind. So knew then i was going to go another six miles up this trail to Tunnel Falls and turn around. The only way i can do so is if i go quickly without rushing. But this hike had many rewards – Punch Bowl falls and several other falls on the way. So i was happy again. Now this Eagle creek trail is rated Easy, which is a lot easier than Wahkeena or Angels Rest. Now i began to appreciate all those tough hikes i went on previously. Now i feel like going up Eagle Creek is like going for a walk in the park. Very cool feeling! And i had to move quickly, because according to my calculations, my plans had changed, and now, if i went quickly then i would walk back the last hour in the dark. Which would be OK, because it would be the paved trail going back. So no problem. Suddenly, i found out i was in the middle of a 17 mile hike. But it had Tunnel Falls as the turnaround tree, so i was very game. So i took off up the trail, and it is very stunning. Spectacular. It’s so amazing. I can’t describe the feeling when you are walking through the forest, and you come around a corner, and suddenly, boom, right there in front of you is a 150 foot tall waterfall! It’s amazing. It’s so beautiful there. I also learned another thing from my hike on Monday going up to Angels Rest. And that is, God told me, take pictures mostly on the second half of the hike, on the way home. Otherwise, i will use up my batteries and not be able to take pictures of everything, as i did on Monday. So i took pictures sparingly on the first half, in order to have batteries left over at the end. Monday i was trying to video a bluejay walking in the trail, when right behind the bluejay a small bunny hopped across the trail. It was so cool, and my batteries were out. Anyway, i started booking out Eagle Creek trail, realizing i was going to walk back slow, and take my time. I was only hurrying to the turnaround point. Well, it’s a stunning hike, i highly recommend it. My second favorite hike. Its very wonderful. There are a few places the trail is only a few inches wide, on the edge of a cliff. But fortunately, they put a handrail there, so you can hang on for dear life. Because if you let go, it’s hundreds of feet over the edge of the cliff. That made me think , Jesus is our Handrail on the straight and narrow way. If we hang on to His Hand, He will never let us go. It is such a beautiful hike. I was going along, and there was a field of wild flowers. I looked at them. Some were bright yellow, some were purple. Some were white and yellow, some were white and red mixed together. The flowers are all different colors of the Rainbow , and combinations of the colors. Nature is very beautiful and diverse. Moving along the hike quickly was easy on this trail, and i just kept going. I got to the halfway point just as i calculated, about twenty minutes late. No problem. I don’t mind walking in the dark. I actually kind of like it. I saw the most beautiful scenery, the river, the waterfalls, birds, ducks, some kind of hawk or falcon, beautiful places to go camping, way out in the wilderness area, it is so amazing. Again, the scenery was just stunning to me. I never knew these places existed, or i would have come here before. Earth Mother said to me that i didn’t have anyone to tell me about these beautiful places. So She said that’s why She told me about them. She said I loved nature and the animals so much that She knew i was going to really love these hikes, and She was very excited to show them to me. I am very grateful She did. I am so grateful She invited me, and She even went with me there. It is so very wonderful. 

On this hike, i had a few hours to think, which hiking helps me do. It seems walking quickly helps me think better. Otherwise, my mind is absorbed by looking at the things around me. I began to understand some things better, while other things still seem a complete mystery to me. Like, why Portland isn’t called Babylon, is a mystery to me. Because it has all the same things, sexual immorality, drug use, violence, hatred towards one another. And then i thought, all my brothers are exactly the same, in some respects. For example, all colors of all my friends like to party and partake, and chase women and try to score etc. Not all of them, but many. All my brothers, no matter what the color have given in to the sins of the flesh. And, all my brothers, no matter what color, they also dislike working, and mean bosses, and jerks. In many ways, we are all exactly alike. Then i began to better understand Satan’s attack on Holy Matrimony, and everything good that God has created. No matter what God has given us that is good, Satan turns it into something dirty and nasty. All the men going around lusting after all the women who are dressing to make men lust after them. I went to Portland, and it reminded me of when i was on the dairy farm and all the cows hung out. Satan takes God’s Procreation act and turns it into homosexuality. That’s why, when we see a homosexual, an abomination, standing in the holy place, that is an abomination desolation. It makes sense to me. I began to understand a little better. Lately i have been giving thought to the scripture statements As it was in the days of Noe, thats what it will be. That could mean a lot of things. Floods, tsunamis, great disaster, etc. But to me, the main theme of the story of Noah is that the world was destroyed because of sin. And many people were also destroyed, and only a few were saved. Another thought i had – along with not outsourcing your banking, and your security, i do not recommend outsourcing your childcare, nor your child’s education. After all, isn’t what goes into your child’s head just as important as what food they put also into their head? I thought of the old days and the ancient native americans who lived in the Columbia Gorge, hundreds of years ago. And they had families, they believed in marriage, they believed in God, yea, they were a Godly people. What it must have been like , to live in a village near the Columbia, with your children running around playing. I bet they never left their mother’s eye sight. Just like a hen and chicks, mothers never separate from their babies in the natural world. And so it must have been a wonder, to live in a place like that, with plenty of food and a beautiful garden to live in. 

When i was on the Angels Rest hike, i had pondered about the almonds, and i imagined that they were magic beans, that give me energy and make me live. Then i asked God if it is OK because i’m always drinking so much coffee. And God said Yes, God made coffee too. And God said, Coffee is a different kind of magic bean that gives me energy. Earth MOther, who is the HOly Spirit did also tell me that She has been preparing me for some time.

Also during my trip, i thought about all the many things that had to happen for me to be able to go on this trip and these beautiful hikes. Which are i had to be freed from my old motel job, to be able to have the time and money for one thing. My old boss tracked me down at my new job, and came asking me to work for him on my days off to fix his phone system. Now i just got three days off, and i don’t want to spend them working. Then my Mother said to me, Would i trade my day off with Her for money? And i said no, no amount of money would i trade rather than spending a day with Her. Other than the days i have to work, because there is no amount of money that is even worth that. Neither do i want any more money. I already have enough. God has already provided me enough, so that i don’t have to work any more days. Also, my vehicle had to be fixed, the days off, the money available. So i thought of all the blessings that i have received, just to make this vacation hiking trip possible. I am very thankful. These were some things i thought about on my hike. However, there was more also. And i hadn’t even reached Tunnel Falls yet, which is the Turnaround Tree for todays hike. 

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