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13 February 2007

Delicious raw food

Who wants a birthday cake like that???? My kids just looove it!
We looove to do fun things :)))

Can it get any better??? You are welcome to visit us and enjoy with us!!

10 February 2007

Who wants to join a Walk-About??

Today, I will put a note out from a friend. I know it would be lots of fun and great experiences with him...he is full of knowledge and I trust him for my life. So, please contact me if you want to take part - even if you only take part for a stretch. Here he goes:

"Hello, my name is Vic Stapleton and I am a Mountain Man. (He really is. I can assure you.) I love nature, horses, dogs, people, and adventures that include any or all of these components. I worship the earth and believe in a creator that has woven life and energy into every rock, plant, and animal.I was raised on the vast prairies in southern Alberta in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. As a boy I would gaze out of my bedroom window at Old Chief Mountain and dream of exciting adventures into its’ wild and remote valleys.My first trip to the mountains with my father fishing for rainbow trout on the Belly River was all that I imagined it to be, crystal clear waters, cool forests, the excitement of what’s around the next bend of the river, and that unique smell of a mountain morning. As I sat near the campfire under the arms of a huge spruce tree I heard the voices of pasted mountain men saying this is the place for you! You are home.My personal journey in the mountains began in 1974 when I moved to Grande Cache , Alberta a small coal mining town in the northern Alberta Rocky Mountains. Grande Cache is located on the edge of Willmore Wilderness Park , Alberta ’s largest wilderness area. Within the Park no motorized vehicles are allowed so all travel is on foot or on horseback. It is one of the most wild and remote places in the Canadian Rockies. It was my great fortune and privilege to spend 25 years living, learning, working and playing in this magnificent playground. As Recreation Director for the Town of Grande Cache I organized and supervised a variety of outdoor education programs that included: multi-day canoeing, backpacking, mountain touring, wilderness survival, and horse pack trips. I took formal training in whitewater canoeing, winter survival, wilderness first aid, orienteering, avalanche training, and mountain touring. Through these trips and spending many days in the mountains I began to get a deep appreciation and respect for the mountains and our mother the earth.In 1986 I left my job as Recreation Director and acquired a lease to build a backcountry lodge on the banks of Sheep Creek. The first four years were spent constructing three cabins, a barn, out buildings, and a main lodge. Please understand this was not your normal construction site as all supplies had to be transported by 4 wheel drive 16kms over the Beaver Dam which was not maintained. In the winter the only access was on skies or by snow machine. I purchased fourteen horses, equipment, and tack to operate the programs for the business. Then I had the dubious chore of marketing my outdoor adventure programs to the world. But come they did from all over the world to experience this paradise. With these challenges I became a stronger more confident person and developed a deep connection to the land.In my small cabin on the Sheep Creek I became immersed in the mountain environment. The Whiskey Jacks came to visit each winter day. The wolves howled their mournful cry on cold winter nights and the black bear and grizzly were my closest neighbors. I experienced the time of the cracking trees where at – 45 the popular sap would explode like small bombs creating permanent scares on the trees. As time passed I began to uncover the history of the Sheep Creek Valley , the Big Rock a scared place of earth, rock, water, and air created from the sediment of a long gone sea that was the foundation of our planet. All around me there was silence, peace, and an energy that I absorbed like a sponge.The horses came to the valley like sunshine to a flower. In the past the natives of the Grande Cache had free ranging horses and my horses fill a long gone void. They were free to come and go with no fences for 100 miles in all directions. The cabins were their safe haven or a place to come for oats and a kind hand. The horses were my greatest asset as the guest who came from all over the world had the opportunity to see and ride these beautiful animals in there natural settings. As part of our introduction to Sheep Creek Backcountry Lodge all visitors had to go horse hunting, to make it easier many of the horses wore bells, so I could hear them from a long distance. (All true what he says....it's been soooo coool.) It was always magical when we walked into a mountain meadow as the horses grazed and individuals witnessed the purity of their life in the Sheep Creek valley.But as the Buddhist say nothing last forever and in 2001 I sold Sheep Creek due to personal reasons and moved to Bonnyville , Alberta to take the job as Economic Development Officer for the Town. I have always felt that yearning to get back to the mountains to feel the peace and energy once again. To accomplish this goal I have decided to take a huge Walk-About in the Rockies from Grande Cache to Mexico a trip that shall take 16 months, or more, on horseback. I plan to begin the trip in May of 2008 and finish before Xmas in 2009.Because I don’t want to spend all this time alone I am seeking an individual that has the same sense of adventure to join me on my journey. I would love to communicate and share my dream and vision with anyone that feels they would like to participate in this great adventure."

05 February 2007

Happiness inside of me

I just got a letter from a friend who asked what happiness means to me and thought you might want to know as well ;):

You asked what I call happiness...it's that feeling inside of me....the fun and sparkling energy I feel when I watch my kids every day, when I smell the soft wet dirt, when I hear the birds and see the wonders of this planet...when my heart widens and I get that happy feeling in there that warms up everything and makes my mind as clear as water...it's that feeling of waking up loving myself because I do what I am and being with me...following my lead inside of me. Hard to put in words...it is a feeling...a very nice and peaceful one...and it burns me wanting to spread and share with everybody and everything. I looove to be out in nature as there is where I feel I belong to...that connection. That comes kinda close of what happiness is to me. Over the years - especially since I am raw...it seems to fastforward everything - that feeling got really strong...just writing these lines fills me up with love and happiness so much I could explode...and throw those sparkles everywhere around me :))). No, really...it is pure energy and it is alive..hihi. Hope I can bring it over to you somehow, so, you can feel it, too. Let me know if it works.... Here it comes...a huge wave of love!

03 February 2007

Hair cutting methods..

Getting more and more negative stuff I have to do something for the other side...so, I don't go totally nuts...;). You know I just read how toxic dust is in households nowadays and how much trouble that could cause...ahhh! Can you anywhere without wearing a gas mask or something along the lines?? Oh by the way...I have to tell you about our haircutting story. My son has very thick hair and hates to get it cut...as it takes ages. Our solution? Diving glasses!...with a towel pinned underneath...to cover his whole face...works wonders!! Before I even got to cut it (yes, I am the one who messed it up ;)..) I was just on the floor laughing when those cute eyes stared at me through those goggles... Want to see a picture? There it is..