The February Tracker Weekend at Kathy & David Browne's was great
fun! There was about 8 inches of snow with temperatures cold enough to keep the snow light
and fluffy yet still enjoyable for staying outdoors.
Walter Muma, Peter Wiinholt and two of Peter's Youth Group members,
James and Chris, arrived on Friday night. We had a relaxing evening of conversation and
listening to some CD recordings of ancient chanting and throat type singing.
We were up with the birds on Saturday morning. Most of us went out and
lay in the snow and put sunflower seeds in our hands to feed the Chickadees. We lay
motionless in the snow for about 45 minutes. Although the Chickadees only approached one
person, it was a very relaxing way to start the day. We went back inside to warm up and
It was such a beautiful sunny morning, Kathy decided that a walk was in
order. So, the gang went off for about an hour of tromping through the snow, following
fox, squirrel and rabbit tracks.
Kim & Eric Saunders and their four girls, Felicia, Sequoia,
Autumn-Willow and Kali arrived just after noon. After greetings and hugs were exchanged,
it was lunch time.
After lunch, Mike Pedde and Marcia Nelson joined us and we all went out
for a walk to find some tracks in the bush. We then did the "Become the Animal"
exercise. By following a set of tracks, one can learn many things about an animal. We were
very fortunate to find a track that led us to the animal. We followed this very wide
trench with visible foot placements back to a tree. About 3 metres up the tree we could
see a Porcupine through a small hole in the tree. This was really awesome!
Also, during this outing, Marcia taught us how to pick cedar for
ceremonial use. The cedar was picked for our Sunrise Ceremony to come on Sunday morning.