Riding public transportation in Panama.
Author Archives: Erik Berke, Western Sage
The protests have long since ended, supplies arrived , I lived. It gave me a true sense of how foriegn I am down here and reliant on the locals. I also took this time to ponder two things: One, the Toyota Hilux is the best truck on the planet. Two, where’s all the diesel motorcycles? While I thought about that, the natives set up road blocks, one died, then they burned down a police station. Kinda awesome actually. O Yea and Noriega is back.
This doc looks like it will be awesome:
For a long time, I’ve wondered about how to heat my VW Bus. I can now consider the problem solved. Purchased a wood stove from Riley’s in Townsend, MT. Picked it up in the ‘factory’ from Riley himself. Each stove is serial numbered and hand made in MT, pure American quality.
Next stop, Butte MT. We get to work with the fabrication and retro-fitting with the help of our good friend and carpenter.
One of a kind and good times ahead.
One of our lookouts got pinned under a 200lb boulder while climbing to a higher position to observe a burnout we were doing. The LifeFlight helicopter that came to airlift our injured personnel landed and tipped backwards onto its tail boom. A second chopper lifted our personnel to safety, but the first was in a tough position which we remedied using a variety of methods: some tree levers, rocks, ropes and good old fashioned dude power.
Hot springs strip to an ‘undisclosed’ location on the Salmon river pretty close to the River of No Return wilderness. First stumbled upon in 2004, used my brain to get back 6 years later and ran into a Dee Synder look-a-like at the gas station. Made this trip with a clan in the bus. Of course the VW felt right at home and the terrain was no problem. As usual the Waters of Enlightenment were plenty and much was learned and seen.
That tarp and rock shack is a backwoods steam room in which the water comes out damn near boiling, flowing under your ass, then mixes with the creek. It’s in Panther Hot Springs if you want some info on it.
Life as an amateur ski race announcer, devoted US Forest Service Saw-man, and professional US Forest Service Firefighter– we find ourselves squatting in a lot of cabins. Some are nicer than others. Up to 14 days on the trail at a time. Anyone who has spent any time in the wild will recognize a constant: the source of warmth (usually a fire) is always the social focal point. Always lifts the spirits.