After having just completed a two-day Wilderness First Aid Training experience I have a lot to be thankful for.
Having led 154 people on Wildlife Tours over the past month and with plans to lead many more Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours in months to come, I feel good about my ability to respond to medical emergencies on the trail with First Aid. I’m thankful for the knowledge and teaching of Brad, a very skilled Wilderness First Aid Instructor through SOLO. I’m thankful for those who have taken the course with me whom I’ve met and gotten to know better. I hope that some of those connections just made will continue beyond this training. I’m also thankful for Wild Asaph Outfitters and the Tyoga Running Club for coordinating this important training.
Dave, Matt, Denny, Ed, Olivia, Matt, Shelby, Jason, Cliff, Pat, Mike, and Phil, if I were injured in the wilderness I’d feel good about being in the care of any one of you.
I’m also thankful to have had the opportunity to start the day with an amazing experience of worship next to a very froggy pond overlooking a big field filled with singing blackbirds and bobolinks. Dave, Matt, and Phil, what a joy it was to gather under the warmth of the morning sun joining our voices in praise as we oriented our lives in relationship with God. God is good!
What a great couple of days! To all with whom this Wilderness First Aid Training experience was shared, May the love of God find expression through us so that those who end up injured in wild spaces may experience God’s strength and healing presence through our (better equipped than before) heads and hands.
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.” (1Corinthians 13:7)
Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.