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Akhu's Bootcamp Journey

 
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Intro
My name is Akhu (aka Philip). I am a new boot at Wheaton Laboratory.
I drove from southern California to learn more about homesteading,
permaculture, and living holistically with { Mother Earth | Father Sky | Great Spirit }
I have been listening to Paul and Jocelyn's podcasts and videos for quite some
time now and felt it was time to throw my shoulder in, so to speak.

-Arrival Day- Feb. 3
It was in the low 30s that day with snow and heavy winds,
Montana is a stark contrast to Cali in the winter, it is like another world.
I am enjoying the winter here, the cold tests everything, it makes you feel alive.
I feel more respect for Mother Nature than ever before.

Upon arrival to the Lab I had my first boot experience, putting on snow chains!
With Fred's help plowing the excess snow, I was able to park no problem, and headed for the main house.
Upon meeting everyone I must say it is very humbling to be accepted with such hospitality and love, I felt right at home.
At it's core, the Lab feels like a solid foundation to build, learn and live a holistic communal life.

-Day One- Feb. 4
• Learn how to fire up rocket mass heater stove
• Fred gives partial tour of the property
• Drive to Lab to fell a dead standing tree for fire wood
• Begin balcony woodworking project

-Day Two- Feb. 5
• Continue work on class room balcony (Phase II)
• Fred gives tour of WOFATI structure
• Trip to the waste disposal plant
• TACO TUESDAY! The food at the lab is awesome!

-Day Three- Feb. 6
• Learn how to drive tractor with plow
• Continue work on balcony rail supports
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Fred clearing main road
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View from Red Cabin
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Fisher Price house Rocket mass heater
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Luxuriant combustion efficiency
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Beautiful Montana winter
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Winter dawn
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Classroom rocket mass heater
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Interior chamber of rocket mass heater
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Fred cutting round wood
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Chris & Fred working on post supports
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Splitting firewood
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Driving Kubota tractor to plow snow
 
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Welcome Akhu!  Thanks for the update and all the pictures!
 
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Outstanding, Akhu! Very nice post and looks like you get a PM from me - The Biological Reverse Kickstarter!!  <-- That's a link!!

 
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Ooh, I like pictures and updates! Keep them coming!
 
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-Day Four-
• Jocelyn made breakfast, soaked oats! Thank you Jocelyn!
• Continue carpentry work on roundwood balcony supports.
• Felled multiple dead standing trees to process into firewood.
• Clean/organizing shop/auditorium.
• Conversed with Paul at dinner about building community and the evolution of the Gapper program.
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The Lab Kitchen. Fully stocked! Many great meals have been prepared here. I&I am very grateful to Paul & Jocelyn for opening up their home to us boots.
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Good food, good life.
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Fellow boot Chris working on balcony rail supports.
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Cutting wood outside Cooper cabin.
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Felling my first large Fir tree. I&I give thanks for this tree and the others we felled, we will stay warm with the wood they provided.
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Fred examining my cut. Not the best cut, but I safely brought the tree down with the aid of a tree jack.
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Timber!
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Father Sky warming Mother Earth. The beauty in Montana is beyond measure.
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Judy full of timber to take back to the shop/auditorium.
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The Solar Leviathan
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Montana Sky
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Roundwood chiseling work
 
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Wonderful pictures! The snow looks very pretty from my comfy seat. Indoors. With heating. And hot tea......
 
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-Day 5- Feb 8
• Cutting timber collected from yesterday.
• Fred instructs us how to sharpen the different chainsaw blades
• Tool maintanence and sharpening
• Continue organinzing and cleaning up shop/auditorium
• Roundwood work on stair's first rail post
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The Red Cabin where Ant Jeremy and gato Cloud reside.
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Setting up logs to cut into splittable wood. Again I&I give thanks to Great Spirit for these trees.
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Feathered friend flying above scouting the land. The crow is a powerful spirit animal it is a symbol of magic and mysteries that exist in our lives.
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Shop/auditorium rocket mass heater blazin
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Holz zu hacken ist eine gute Arbeit. (Chopping wood is a good job.)
 
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It's great to see what's going on at the lab - thanks for sharing these pictures!
 
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-Day 6- Sabbath/Rest

THANK YOU Julia, Bill, Shawn, Amanada for the encouragement, it means a lot.

• Sleeping in feels extra special when its super cold outside.
• Single digit weather today, windchill in the negative. Another beautiful day in Montana
• Took a trip into town with Jocelyn and Jeremy for supplies and to pick up Fred.
• "Judy" (The Duke's Firetruck) getting some much needed love at repair shop.
• Dropped off recyclables.
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Jocelyn made Brunch! Super tasty and healthy.
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Serene Montana mountains
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I&I give thanks for all those who work the railroads, transporting goods across this nation.
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I&I give thanks for all the truck drivers who keep our stores full of food, fuel, and other goods.
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Montana winter sunset
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Everyone is very well-fed at the Bootcamp. Thank you Paul & Jocelyn!
 
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-Day 7-
1 WEEK! Time flies at the Lab.

• Nest labor day
• Stocked rocket mass heater wood in house
• Fixed broken metal shelf for laundry room
• Clean/organize garage
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Frosty berm
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My new buddy Gert
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Turkey tracks
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Cutting saskatoon green wood to make a spoon for PEP badge
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Cleaned up garage/chop area
 
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