Friday, August 21, 2015
Photo with permission from 2012 Kaw Nation Pow-wow
Only after the last tree has been cut down;
Only after the last river has been poisoned;
Only after the last fish has been caught;
Only then you will realize money cannot be eaten.
Please watch this video. It speaks a clearer message than any political candidate.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Photo Credit: Shannon Silvey Williamson
Dale Sanders celebrates at the Gulf of Mexico with a hug from Anna, his grandniece, in whose honor he paddled Source to Sea down the Mississippi to benefit juvenile diabetes research. According to his SPOT, he landed on a small island at the mouth of the river about 1:40 pm today, 15 Aug. At the age of 80, this would make him the oldest man to complete the passage in a single, straight-through trip. If you haven't followed the trip, the links are still in the right margin under Favorite Links. Congratulations to Dale, Anna, and their families.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Credit: Google images.
The seldom used, but very effective, neck gaiter.
With the mercury hitting 105 F), and indices reaching 115 or more, being hot becomes not just an issue of comfort, but an issue of survival. Heat exhaustion or stroke can be fatal in pretty short order, or can cause organ damage or failure, especially in babies or young children, people over the age of 65, those with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, or lung disease, pregnant or nursing mothers, or people on medications that make them more susceptible to sun and heat problems. The problems become even more dangerous if you are engaged in strenuous exercise, like paddling. Here are some tips on how to beat the heat.
1. Go easy and take frequent breaks.
2. While stopped, take a swim or soak for a while to lower body temperature, as well as invigorate yourself.
3. Wear loose, light colored clothing. Wear synthetics, especially those with an SPF rating, since they evaporate sweat faster, creating a greater cooling effect. Avoid cotton clothing, period.
4. Cover the body---long trousers, sleeves, wide-brimmed hat, shield the face, such as with a light, synthetic balaclava or neck gaiter. These and the hat can be frequently pulled off quickly, dipped in the water, and put back on to enhance cooling. You can also dip a hand towel in the water and wrap it around your neck.
5. Plenty of sunscreen. Your skin is a once-in-a-lifetime gift. If you abuse it, you will lose it later in life and regret it when it’s too late.
6. Perhaps schedule activity for cooler times, like putting in earlier, taking a nap or rest during the day, take out later, or even paddle at night when river hazards are not a risk.
7. Eat fruits high in water content for snacks. Eat lighter meals.
8. Drink a lot of water, every 15 minutes whether you are thirsty or not, or a glass of water every half-hour. If you are not peeing, you are dehydrated. Make the water more pleasant, encouraging consumption, by flavoring or using athletic drinks for some fluid consumption. Add salt occasionally to replace the minerals being lost through sweat. Sports drinks like Gatorade are a help with this, and for cutting weight in your gear and minimizing waste, use Gatorade powder in your own water rather than carrying bottled liquids.
9. Hydrate before you start out.
10. Avoid diuretics, like coffee and alcoholic beverages.
11. Camp in the shade, but still in the open rather than in dense woods or vegetation, and closer to water. Leave the fly off the tent if the weather will permit, or sleep under just a tarp, or use the tarp over the tent to shield it from the heat of the sun. Sleep in a hammock. Use a battery-powered fan in the tent. Place a space blanket or ground cover between the ground and the tent. There is a recommendation for removing several inches of earth to place the tent on cooler ground. I don’t know about this. The space blanket has much more merit, plus you won’t make a hole that will fill with water when the thunderstorm comes through.
12. As uncomfortable as it may be, sweating is good. It is nature’s way of cooling your body. If you stop sweating, your skin or face is red, you have a quick pulse, are dizzy or have a headache, become nauseous, feel exhausted or lethargic, can determine that your body temperature has elevated, you are going into heat exhaustion and are IN TROUBLE NOW. Get out of the sun, wet yourself down, drink more fluids or sports drinks (especially if you have access to cold drinks), relax, but leave the beer alone.
13. Postpone the trip until September or change your latitude.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Beautiful picture of the upper river from Abby's blog.
Abby Kaeser, of Bloomginton, Indiana, is just two weeks into her Source to Sea paddle of the Mississippi River. Being joined by some vets for their Warrior Hike Expedition 2015, the six paddlers departed July 22nd, and plan to travel from Lake Itasca to Morgan City, LA. One of the points of interest in reading her blog will be comparing this late season departure with those started earlier in the season. Early and late seasons bring totally different challenges. Abby starts her blog with a description of her kayak and an inventory of her gear, and a proposed schedule for stops along the river.
I have added Abby and The Vets to my Favorite Blogs, and it can be accessed by simply clicking that tab in the right margin.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
I don’t like politics. It has become, or maybe it always was, synonymous with lies, manipulation, deceit, corruption, greed, pride, idolatry, ah, did I mention lies, and crushing control of any people deemed to be irrelevant or inconsequential. Unfortunately, since the majority of us remain apathetic voters, the irrelevant include people like us, people like Americans, you know, those who claim the benefits of being the brave and the free, but who are too disinterested, too timid, and too intimidated to take 30 minutes every couple years to cast a vote. Admittedly there are many things more important than politics, but the crime is that we are controlled by politics, also spelled m-o-n-e-y. In a book by Patrick Dobson, he defined his mission as a journalist as “comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable.” That is a mission worthy of a journalist, but it has eroded into ‘afflict the weak and patronize the wealthy and powerful,’ and so those things that are indeed more important than politics are the very topics we never hear about.
Here’s are three perfect examples. We have already heard, very briefly, how Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s administration in Florida has been ordered to not use words like ‘climate change, global warming, or sustainability’ in any communications, emails, or reports. We already know that the worst thing you can do to a Republican is to tamper with the 2nd Amendment. That’s the mantra they scream, that their guns are at risk, and overpowering big government is trampling personal liberties and the Constitution. Of course when they can use big government to their own benefit, to squash personal liberties that they find inconvenient, that is okay, which means an attack on the 1st Amendment is totally justified if it helps conceal the abuses committed by commercial interests, big business, and the wealthy. Then it is okay to tell people that their freedom of speech goes only as far as being told what they may or may not say, and which words or phrases have state approval, and which ones clearly don’t. http://fcir.org/2015/03/08/in-florida-officials-ban-term-climate-change/
If you think this is an isolated incident, it is more like the continued loss of personal freedoms that are inconvenient for Republicans. Just a month after the attack on free speech in Florida, a Republican controlled Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in Wisconsin issued a gag order restricting their employees. They are directed to not do any work related to climate change, can’t even answer emails directed to them on related issues, and can’t even talk about climate change issues while at work. It was felt that such things distracted employees from their primary mission---making money. Their official position was, “That’s what we want our employees working on. That’s it.”