Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
meeting that seem the most relevant right now:
*Gravel roads must be kept clear, with only cars parked along one side
of the road for emergency vehicles – 11 feet clearance required for fire
trucks and ambulances.
*Fire danger becomes high after only 3 days of dry weather.
*The meadow after all the snow melts is still going to be very wet and
there will be lots of mosquitoes, we were warned by locals.
*Local community emergency services are already overtaxed this time of
year and there are 2 major events going on in Skamania County this
coming weekend and the 4th of July week that brings many thousand folks
through this area.
*The north east end of Swift Reservoir (for people coming in from the
west) has a lot of work being done around the Swift Dam right now, so
huge cranes and other vehicles can be in the road and often end up
taking up more than their lane. Logging trucks are up there as well, and
need to be watched for. Also, from Woodland to Cougar, and places in
between, is a heavily advertised motorbiking thoroughfare – these bikes
are often going very fast and accidents up there area very frequent – we
need to be very careful on the roads.
*Complaints about dumpster diving and spare-changing are again the
biggest complaints. Locals are really quite upset about this, so please
be respectful when you are in the towns and head up to the site after
you fuel up and pick up the last things you need before coming H.O.M.E.
*The vibe on the land is really awesome, and even though folks have had
to be very patient while the snow melts, it is really loving and warm
onsite right now. Bulldozers have plowed the last of the road into the
lower part of Skookum Meadow as of June 20, and the next couple days are
supposed to be very warm so folks should be able to move onsite today
and tomorrow hopefully.
CAUTION: There are lots of deep snowdrifts up there, and many people
have been hiking in to set up spaces for camps and kitchens. One person
(at least) got stuck over his shoulders in a very deep snow drift and
luckily a couple others who were also lost / taking a "shortcut" found
this person and dug them out. Another two folks got frostbite and had to
be sent to the hospital a couple days ago. So if you see only one set of
footprints in snow off-trail... following those prints to be sure nobody
is stuck in 6-7 feet of snow would be really cool.
One baby had been born when I left the site on Monday June 20 and
another was going to be born that day!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Hapless motorists have gotten stranded and died on forest roads in the Northwest, so please be careful! Lots of these places out here are not within cell phone service range, and map/ navigation systems can't be relied upon.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
It is beautiful at spring council. A beautiful location to sit in circle with gatherers and be patient.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
council site has been announced, and it is a lovely gravel pit for
parking with a much lovelier meadow in the woods for when we council.
will be there!
Drive slowly up the roads in WA. They are narrow and winding. Be
patient and be prepared. The drive back to ANY store is long. Bring
the things you will need.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Here are some photos from the spring council site.
Update: Road 9300 is very steep, narrow, windy road - take it slow, very slow and remember autos driving up the hills have the right of way. Folks should really try to minimize town runs. There are no stores close by and being prepared to stay will eliminate extra travel on the roads. Come prepared to stay for the week.
Due to the snow still remaining and folks who were scouting not being able to get into the sites to look around, there will be no decisions about site selection before June 18. There may be opportunities for people to go scouting. But they need to be prepared with winter weather gear, a basic knowledge of map-reading, and a car.
It is beautiful in the meadow. Good parking in a gravel lot, and plenty of room for buses. The folks on the land started to dig a shitter for spring council. The picture shows a trench, and the soil removed but notice behind the pile of soil. They carefully removed the plants that will be used to cover the shitter when it is closed!
You can post the above, edit or reorder as needed! It is cold tonight, but not snowing where we are. We are not in the snow, the sites are in the snow!!
Snow go n' flow...
- Guy offering rides from Portland to home
- Newspaper Article Link
- Notes from Town Council Meeting on June 20
- Folks still not on site
- Snow Plow
- Scouting continues for the gathering site. Until t...
- scouting continues
- gifford pichot sign
- spring council! more photos
- spring council!
- spring council!
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