Winter camping

Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Apr 30, 2008

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sorry for the next blog entry to come so soon, but as we sit by the fire of our campsite we thought you would like to hear about our day.

We left Doris's house early this morning setting out with Holly, Doris, Kirsten, and Don and about 1/4 mile into our walk Doris slipped on some black ice on a steep hill while we were all creeping our way down slowly and injured her arm. She returned home, called her daughter who lives nearby, and went to the emergency room. We continued walking and were anxious to hear how she was and were very relieved to hear that nothing was broken, but she had sprained her arm some. We wish Doris fast healing and feel much gratitude to her for her loving attendance of us during our stay.

Don and Kirsten continued on for the first third of our seventeen-mile day and Holly walked the whole way with us. Jeff met us about half way when we were close to his home at Samish Lake with homemade apple pie! Yum, yum. Will joined us a few miles later, about 4 1/2 miles from our destination and stayed on until we reached the campground. We had lots of deep conversations on the way and found much in common with these Friends.

We walked through some beautiful woods with meandering streams and little lakes. It was breathtaking. We're so enjoying the Northwest topography and scenery. "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," said Dorothy to Toto!

We feel great after all that walking. Our bodies and feet are fine with almost no aches or pains. The folks registering us at the campground kept asking if we wanted a cabin instead of a tent site, but replied that we needed to test out winter camping. So far our planning has paid off since setting up camp and cooking our hot meal went smoothly. Luckily we have clear weather though temperatures are hovering near freezing. We are enjoying watching the full moon rising through the trees and the laughter of children of families camping in the RV's and cabins. We're the only tenters. Does that make us crazy?

We hope you are all snug in your warm homes and we'll be retiring to our snug tent even though it will be only 7:00 p.m. by the time our fire dies out and we're ready to enjoy our much-deserved sleep. Good night.
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marygilbert on

Hello back at you
I'm really enjoying getting these messages and feeling connected to your day--to-day life and your overall mission. Thanks for sharing the news about Doris Ferm, whom I remember so well from our (then) FCUN meetings. I will hold her in the Light. Do you recall that her little cat Sunshine was a stray kitten she picked up at our meeting in Colorado and drove all the way home? Keep the messages coming. I feel a grin on my face as I type.

Walking cheerfully

todoinst on

greetings from Vermont
We returned recently from our own trip, and are now tuning in to your grand adventure. Happy to know you've gotten off to such a good start! We are proud of you and inspired by you. And we miss your sweet presence here in Vermont.

Linda, Gregg, Chani & Bi

smuellers on

Stay cozy!
Hi Ruah and Louis,
It's been great following your progress with posts, and inspiring to see the videos and hear tales of others reflecting on the same questions. Our family has made a list of questions we want to pursue over the winter, mostly specifics about energy use for certain things, and how we're doing with those. We are thinking of you and wish you warmth and comfort as well as discovery and miles accomplished.
Love, Sharon Muellers

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