okay, so n.e.s.t. has been working hard, climbing trees, getting harrassed by the popo, and just when it looked like things were getting better, i went and got lost yesterday.
i’d only gone a little ways from camp, to scout out the area where we were going to be climbing. there were no trails into the area, other than deer, elk and predator trails. i was only planning to be gone for a few minutes, but instead i wound up wandering around the ridgeline. i went down the slope. i went up the slope – i could find neither our camp nor the road we drove in on.
as the sun began to sink into the west, i realized i was good and lost, having wandered around for about five hours by that time. i followed a creek downhill and – lo! and behold! – saw a bridge. i had stumbled upon canyon creek road, scene of our troubles with the law. i still don’t know how i managed to get so far away so quickly. hiking up and down mountain ridges is confusing.
so, i found a road and headed down – 12 miles to the town of cascadia. after i’d slept on a porch for a few hours, the sun came up and i hitched it back to eugene.
the first thing i did, though was to knock on a door, explain my situation to the people behind it, and ask to use their phone. i called 911 and told them not to search for me. from what i understand, my fellow n.e.s.t.ers called just a few minutes later, and were told i was doing fine.
the lesson i’ll take from this is to make sure i take a compass and map with me when i go into unfamiliar land with no roads or trails.
i need a drink!
in related news, portland indymedia is reporting that the timber industry has come up with a new plan to save the endangered northern spotted owl…clearcutting old growth!
A federal appeals court (9th District) Friday cleared the way for logging to resume in an old growth forest reserve at a national forest in Oregon to protect northern spotted owl habitat from being lost to wildfire.
In a 2-to-1 decision by a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that had stopped the Five Buttes project on the Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon.
Judge Milan D Smith (The infamous former US Senator Gordon Smith’s brother) says we must cut the forests to save them from insects and fires and other bad things and save the spotted owl habitat. Don’t you just hate it when the elite try to play with our minds and souls! I don’t know about you, but I am pissed!
This is federal old growth owned by the people of the US, not corporations. This is an ongoing attempt to dismantle the Northwest Forest Plan one forest ecosystem at a time.
read the article at portland indymedia