Filling the Permit

bringing tipi poles home

The Adventurer, Vernon Wade

Vernon was born in the Pacific Northwest and still lives in the shadow of Mt. Hood, near the small town where he grew up. Vernon has spent decades wandering the hills, hunting mushrooms, camping and riding motorcycles into the remotest nooks and crannies to be found in the region.

Friday morning my brother went with me to help get the last 8 tipi poles to finish filling my permit.  Even though I made it out of the house by 9:30 (an early start for me) it was late by the time we got to the woods. We spent a good deal of time stuck in construction on the bridge.









poles stack at Pistol Creek Camp

We dropped off a couple more poles at the Pistol Creek camp on our way up – we now have 32 poles cached at Pistol Creek, almost enough for the long house next spring.

cleaning up the beach

My brother and I looked around camp to see if we had missed any garbage after our last camp out. Turns out we had, so we cleaned that up before going on to harvest poles at Plot 2.





















It took us an hour to get the eight poles. I now have a total of 40 new tipi poles, which, after processing and seasoning, will replace the poles left at Pistol Creek for the longhouse.

Chanterelle emerging

After harvesting the poles, we headed back down to Chanty Camp and spent a little time picking mushrooms.












Turbinellus floccosus

Turbinellus floccosus



I found half a bag-full. Andy found about the same, but it was obvious from the holes and broken stumps, someone had been there ahead of us, and had found many more. Our favorite patch has been discovered. Time to find a new spot.







Andy got bushcrafty, shavng some tinder for the fire.





















I got a cook fire going















roasting brats

We roasted some brats
































hot chocolate

We also had a little hot chocolate with just a splash of rum.

                                  We put out the fire and headed home before the sun set. A good time was had by all.

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