June 26, 2013

Own Time.

Filed under: Adventure,River — Ralph E. Cook @ 3:08 pm

Rabbit Vs Gopher

Dear Campers,

Do you own your time or does the time own you?  All work and no play will make your life go away!  How to balance: work, play, garden, family, friends, passion, love and community?  The thing is…it takes time to figure this out!  Here are a few pieces of intel from the frontline of this struggle:  1) combine as many pieces of your time pie as you can…make your passion your work, work for your community!…play with your friends… maybe love your cousin?(one less family reunion!)  2)  Time is not a straight line…try imagining it more as a spiraling sine wave with ups and downs…round and round.  3) Don’t fight time: flow with it like a river…eventually it will take you where you want to go.  4)  Limit or eliminate “hang me” overs….nothing worse than wasting a day with a self induced headache…and if your gonna have a few, stick with non chemical brews or make your own!  5) Eliminate distractions: It wasn’t that long ago that I actually spent hours at a time watching the “state team”, day after day, week after week.  When one season ends, a different  season begins = no matter what team wins you lose time!  (Funny how this team watching goes with #4 on the list.)  Besides watching and listening to games, I was prone to renting stories…five for five or seven for seven.  Watching seven movies in a week!  Yikes!!!  Would love to have that time back.  Let’s make our own damn stories! 6) Lastly, it comes down to if you really want to own time: own your screens!  It’s so easy to fast forward the clock in front of a screen and there are plenty to choose from, now days.  I’d much rather be with the trees than with the screens and with that said, I’m out of here!

Peaceful wishes,



September 8, 2012

Vortex discovered in Hewitt!

Filed under: Adventure,River — Tags: , , — Ralph E. Cook @ 1:06 pm

Dear Campers,

Yesterday Smokey the dog and I discovered a vortex in Hewitt!

Could this be one of the reasons why so many interesting people have ended up in Hewitt!  The energy at the center of the vortex is very powerful.  Both Smokey and I felt disorientated at first, but after awhile I started to feel grounded and aligned.  You wouldn’t want to spend too much time in the vortex, but a little while seems helpful.  After some time meditating, I opened my eyes towards the woods to find a well worn trail, so we followed it.  Seems we aren’t the only creatures who enjoy a little time in the vortex!

The trail was made by a shorter being than I and it split into different directions.  The path that we chose took us to a wide open part of the river that I had never experienced before.  On the way back I noticed many large piles of poop along the trail.  These piles were much larger than what a cow would make, but a similar style.

I am very thankful to have came across this vortex!  Looking forward to sharing this discovery with others.  Chances are you have vortexes near you, now you just have to find them!

October 27, 2011

Are You Free Yet?

Filed under: Adventure,River — Tags: — Ralph E. Cook @ 5:16 am

Dear Campers,

It turns out that sometimes you just don’t know what your missing until he shows up at you door.  New friends Smokey, Ryan and I recently went where no one had gone in quite awhile.  For me actually “seeing” the possibilities is an enormous help when trying to envision the future.

As winter closes in here at camp, I am thankful for the incredible year we have had.  Friends new and old, I am so fortunate  to share this experience with you.  We truly are blessed if we perceive to be.   When you free yourself from WANTING to be told what to think and just think on your own….


June 23, 2011

Crop Circles in Hewitt!

Filed under: Action,Buffalo Skin,Music,River — Tags: , , — Ralph E. Cook @ 4:49 pm

(ok grass Circles)

Dear Campers,

Today I came across some recent crop circles along my neighbor’s trail.  The circles appear to be connected and with the creek they create a larger circle (like a giant bracelet).  There is one circle attached that is broken off from the larger bracelet.  The grass in some of the circles is laid down in one direction and the others from the opposite.  I climbed the tallest pine tree on the west side, but the view was somewhat obstructed, so when I got down I noticed a taller pine to the east to climb.  I suggest pausing the last few seconds of the video to get the best perspective on the circle.  It would have been easy to just walk by without noticing something special.  The lesson is: it is good to be aware of what is going on around you.  When you are in nature, it is very easy to miss incredible beauty & gifts from our mother earth.   This bracelet symbolizes our separate circles of experience that are connected by love.  Even though some may be outside of the bracelet now, they are still connected and always will be.

November 9, 2010

Get out, explore!

Filed under: River — Tags: — Ralph E. Cook @ 4:32 pm

Dear Campers,

Today just might have been the last nice day before winter sets in.  There was plenty of work to get done here at camp, but rather than workin’ like dogs we decided to hit the river.

After friend Derek hooked us up with the “Chief” canoe this past weekend, your favorite campers’ lives will never be the same.   We had no idea how amazing the river is, just up the road!   This exploration only lasted a few hours, but the taste will stay in our minds until the next river adventure.  What great nature do you live by?  Get out, explore! Love, DF

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