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The Hippies were right

On August 15, 1969, 45 years ago today,  nearly half a million people flocked near White Lake, New York for “three days of peace and music.” The Woodstock festival was heralded as one of the most pivotal turning points in culture. The festival was a huge concert event that featured some of the world’s top musicians. And the ways in which Woodstock changed culture forever show just how important the festival was to society…The Woodstock American counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s term is often interchangeable with ’ the hippie’s, although the latter term is sometimes used as an oath of derision. The characteristic traits of members of the Woodstock Nation include, but are not limited to, concern for the environment, embracing of left-wing political causes and issues allied to a strong sense of political activism, eschewing of traditional gender roles, vegetarianism, and enthusiasm for the music of the period. 

1 Make love, not war. It’s a cliché, but it’s as sensible as anything anyone ever said anywhere. The Vietnam of the past is the Iraq of the present. We’re still at war, and would prefer not to be.
2 Natural foods are a way of life, not a lifestyle. Natural foods are not a fad diet. When people eat natural foods, and eat slow food and cook at home, those people enjoy better health. We know that people are committed to eating healthy, natural food because Outpost owners stick around, even during a recession.
Buying bulk saves money & the planet. “Unpackaged,” a new store in London recently opened its doors, marketing itself on this premise: customers buy empty containers, fill them in the store and return to re-fill them when they are empty. This keeps prices down, and keeps bottles out of landfill. We agree, and it’s why we’ve been offering bulk grains, soup, tea and spices for decades.
4 Pesticides are harmful. We instinctively know this. A pesticide kills bugs, so why would we want to eat it?
Cooperation is better than corporation. It works for Outpost, of course, but consider others. Think about the recession. Think about the banks. Then think about the credit unions. The credit unions fared better because of their cooperative, less risky business model.
Knowing where your food comes from makes sense. “Know your farmer, know your food,”. Whether it was a slogan on a sandwich board in 1973 or a clever piece of copywriting out of Washington , the fact remains that consumers are less likely to suffer from food-borne illnesses if they know where their food comes from. This isn’t just about touchy-feely community relations. Recall the October New York Times article exposing how ground beef products can be made up of different cuts of meat from different slaughterhouses — impossible to trace. The reporter told the story of dance instructor Stephanie Smith, whose E.coli-tainted hamburger meat put her in a coma for nine weeks. How can we keep food safe when we don’t know where it came from? We can’t.
Herbs are nature’s pharmacy. If a natural remedy can cure what ails you, why use anything else?
8 Logo t-shirts are cool. Just ask Alterra or Milwaukee’s Teecycle Tim, who runs a business selling vintage logo shirts.
So are Red Wing boots with vibram soles. It’s how you wear ‘em.
10 Freedom. People everywhere just want to be free.
11 Yoga. People everywhere 
just want to be flexible, 
strong, calm and pretty.
12 Composting. Even hip NYC urbanites are composting in their teeny kitchens these days. And the mayor of 
San Francisco made it a rule. If you don’t compost your food scraps, they smack your legs. Of course, San Francisco officials are now coming under attack for supplying residents with toxic composting material, so I guess they’re the ones getting their legs smacked. Lesson learned: It pays to research your compost.
13  Fair trade. It’s only fair.
14 Collecting rainwater. While this is outlawed in some western states, this makes common sense here. Protect that lake, people!
15  Growing our own food. There’s an amazing amount of satisfaction to be gained from eating food you grew out of your own spot of earth.
16  Meditation. This is going to keep on growing in popularity. We are information-saturated; imagine being able to empty your mind!
17 Joplin,Hendrix, Dylan the Stones and the Beatles.
Love them or not, there’s no denying the influence.
18 Community works.
Small-based businesses coming together as a community have pooled their talents and resources to promote themselves, each other, the city and the shop local ethos.

(The hippies (also known as flowerchildren, idealistic, new age thinkers) were the inspiration for green living, dome homes, natural homes that were made for Eco living to ‘conserve’, water, add natural light sources, and run on it’s own power from solar/sun, sources. (Which are being bulit in todays world).. Bottom photo is: The aerodynamic forms resist hurricanes and the structures pass California’s earthquake codes. They are flood and fire resistant as well. A double eco-dome can be built (bagged) in 10 weeks!)

Not all hippies were like this, but the ones who  taught their children the importance of our earth, ecology,  living off the land’ and respect for others regardless of culture differences… are also the ones continuing this today that has ‘made a difference, in the world’.

(scanned images from me)

aubsenroute  asked:

Best advice for a noob hiker, new to her area, in terms of how to not die/how to find out where to go/anything else you'd advise a noob hiker on?

If I were you, I would:

  • Find a buddy. Almost everything is better in the outdoors with a partner, and it’s a lot safer, too. If you don’t have anyone to go out with, make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
  • Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Stick to popular, well-frequented trailed until you figure out how things work for you. Once you’ve got a system down for hydration, nutrition, and you’ve figured out how you handle the terrain, you can upscale your adventures.
  • Research! Find out how long a hike is in terms of mileage, vertical gain, and time for an average hiker before going out. This will help you to learn how to gauge your ability to cover distance. Plus, you don’t want to start something that you can’t finish or be on the trail clueless as to how to proceed. Preparedness is key.
  • Pack more than you think you’ll need – water, food, and layers. Always plan to get stuck out there longer than you plan to be.
  • Invest in your feet. Good shoes (preferably with something like a Vibram sole) and good socks (e.g., SmartWool) will carry you further than muscle alone. You can be the fittest person in the world, but ill-fitting shoes or crappy socks can end your day after only a mile out.
  • Get a comfy pack with adjustable chest and hip or waist straps – these will help to distribute the weight better and keep your back from getting achey. If you can, grab one that comes with a bladder / Camelbak. If it doesn’t, invest in one of those to go with it.
  • Keep a journal about the hikes that you do and the specs: distance (vertical and horizontal), weather conditions, what you brought v. what you wish you had brought, what you ate (and when you ate it), and how you felt. I wish I had done this sooner. I’ve had a serious problem with hanger and bonking, and it took me until this summer to realize that I wasn’t eating nearly enough – turns out I need ~200 calories per hour of sustained activity. I was eating maybe half of that before.

That’s probably it for the basics. Happy hiking!


Received My “NEW” used Chippewa Super Loggers I won on Ebay for $31.00 Man I love them! These are 25410 super loggers, Steel Toe, Waterproof and Insulated.. they also have the Tacoma Vibram soles!   Think I’m going to load em up! :)