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Martha's "Boot camp" experience

 
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Well I did it I drove 4 days and I got here!
Coming up from South Florida in a truck with a cat was a feat in itself.
But now for the juicy stuff I'm at boot camp at Wheaton labs in Montana and boy is there a lot to tell!
On my first day I started peeling trees!
on my second day I learned how to cut down a tree Fred was kind enough to talk Scott through it for his badge. Congrats to Scott!
I'm a newbie and I'm really excited to be here!
One of the wonderful things about life here is the baking. While we're all salivating I took a moment to take a picture of the Baker and the baked goods enjoy!
Clayton and his bread.
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Glad you made it!  Hope your cat integrated okay.... awesome you're doing a  Boot Camp Thread!
 
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Congrats Martha!  That was quite a drive.  I love keeping up with what's going on out there through boot eyes and am very much looking forward to these thread posts.  Thank you in advance.
 
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That's a long drive! I'm glad you made it safely, and I hope you have blast at Wheaton Labs!!!
 
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Hiya ! Orin  & Nichole!
This can only be described as glorious! Yes the kitty and me survived the four day three night truck stop hop!  Lol! And I must say the truckers were very kind to me along the way when I felt I needed a big truck with lots of lights to follow the trucker Angels provided! Ajo!
Metakuye oyasin! Greetings to all My relations and every nation! South Dakota turned out to be very emotional for me the waterworks came on and it was a River of tears it brought me all the way through it! Ajo!
I'm here now though and the feeling is like that of a monastery the agape brotherly love that is felt throughout Wheaton labs the land breathes it! I can only say that I'm feeling very welcome and settling in with the kindness that I have found here simply amazing! What Grace!
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Thanks Greg! Now I'm getting to work indoors we're doing some nesting cleaning more hands make less work it was actually fun I got acquainted with things like the compost where to put it and other such things what a great team we all work together and got it done very quickly!  It was a blitz! Now on to improvements for the nest!
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Oh boy !  Sleeping in my tent in the site of the future pond ,now lovingly refered to as the "Aracas" (reference Dune the book) chill dipped into the 45 degrees called for bacon (thanks Ash!) and eggs this morning with some hot oatmeal vanilla flavor, organic granulated sugar and fresh ground organic coffee!
Today cut down my first tree after prayers and thanks I dedicated the tree to a family I know from Florida.
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Early on "Taco Tuesday" we were early to pile six of us Boots into a white van called " Toots" and Land manager Fred (5 yrs in) charge of the smooth flow of the work teams on Wheaton labs. We were out felling trees and dreaming of our future passive green house wich will require a few more mostly doug fir trees, felled and peeled. Congrats to
Ash on getting a chain saw "BB" and Hannah a bow saw "BB"! Go team Boots!
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Martha, if you are seeking the BRK, then you might need three pics a day. If not, nevermind ...  I'll just go back to observing mode ...
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Martha, if you are seeking the BRK, then you might need three pics a day. If not, nevermind ...  I'll just go back to observing mode ...



Yes! I'd love see Martha gain the BRK! But, either way it's great to follow along and see what you post, Martha!
 
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Just in case you haven't run across it Martha here's a BRK link.
 
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Thanks to you both Nichole and Paul! Keeping busy with all their is to do is easy for me I have a willing spirit encouraged by lots of projects here at the lab!
BRK is for me just have to keep my phone charged and at the ready!
Please enjoy, although maybe not to the extent that I did, my handiwork with my first felled tree. I have to thank Fred for the clear and patient explanation he gave me an answering my many questions. Scott a fellow boot helped me using the log Turner so that I could shave the bottom half of this beautiful tree and I've already started another one!
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Hooray hooray hooray for today! I got a great night sleep! In my tent, under so many blankets I didn't even know the sun had come up! LOL like clockwork we got back on the lab today. And I had the great pleasure to get my chainsaw BB. Fred as usual helping and explaining because, until now, I had zero chainsaw experience, can't say that anymore! Our great luck is that there was a spot where Fred explained how over a hundred years a tree fell and turned into cubical dry rot. And then he pointed out a pinedrop fungi that grows from its close relationship with the mycelium in the soil "Jen" said. And that was just the morning.
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I'm a little late to say 'welcome', but still I do. Welcome, Martha, at the boot camp and at Permies.
 
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Hey Martha my beautiful sister iam so glad you made it...you are really enjoying your time and learning more more as the days progress....the location and the people  seem great .... Have a blessed day ...love. You
 
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Hey Martha my loving sister. You are really having a great time glad that you got a good night sleep so you can do your chainsaw hooray hooray enjoy love you sister 💘
 
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Hey Martha, prospective Boot here... I'm getting ready to join the boot camp and I'd love some advise on bringing a cat.

What's the arrangement there? Food, litter, shelter, adapting to the elements?

Plus my cat is a girl cat and still capable of making more cats... Is there a need for more cats or would it be a faux pas to arrive with a kitty making machine?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Martha left the boot camp in the autumn.  She was staying in a small wofati up on the lab with her kitty.  I'm not sure if she stayed there because of the kitty or if it just worked out that way.  Vehicle access to where she was staying in the winter can be tricky (4wd?).  Cat's aren't allowed inside the main buildings at base camp.

I think they like having kittens around the lab and basecamp so I think a kitten factory would be ok.
 
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Thanks for the response Mike. I'll get some bio friendly litter and food, and prepare the best I can.
 
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I don't know if this is helpful, but here's a thread all about biodegradable kitty litter: https://permies.com/t/67185/Cat-Litter-compost. We've personally used woodstove pellets with our cats for three years (since they were kittens) and it's worked pretty well!
 
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