One of my favourite speeches

A Dream of Liberty that we all should heed, freedom should never be taken for granted.

MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry

Timing of my Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek



I’ll be starting out in July which is the hottest part of the year in the south but for the beginning of my Trek I’ll be traveling thru forest and mountain terrain in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina which should help with the heat. Coming back across I’ll be lower down and  travel thru the south will be cooling down. I’ll be going through Arkansas and Oklahoma in January and February which will be the hardest part of the winter because it will be cold but snow doesn’t usually stick around very long in those states. Then comes Kansas and Nebraska which will be cold also but hopefully starting to get warmer.  By time I hit the bad lands in Wyoming and Montana it should be spring so there will be plenty of water and hopefully grass. I should be getting to the Rockies and the Cascades by high summer. Fall on the coast of Washington State. I plan on Wintering along the coast of Washington, Oregon and California coasts. Then in the spring be coming thru Nevada and Utah. Early summer thru Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. Back into fall in the southern states. Now this is the plan but I have no idea if it will work out this way. I might travel slower then planned or it might go faster. That is something that will have to wait and see. Again it’s up to Him.

Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek

Hi my name is Angela Wood and I’m following my dream. My dream is to ride my horses across America following in the footsteps of many brave and intrepid horsemen. I have had this dream since I was 11 years old. I have decided that this year is the year to follow my dreams

The name of my dream is Chattrek Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek
I’m challenging America to put a stop to hunger. When children are hungery they no longer dream or hope all they can do is worry about when and where the next meal will come from. I’m following my dreams to prove that dreams can be followed. To convince people to help children in need so that they can dream again. Hunger is an insidious enemy, you can’t concentrate, you can’t dream, you can’t study, or have hope when you hunger. Help me bring dreams back to American Children.
I’ll be starting this trek in July of 2018


Insane? No I don’t think so


I have heard these questions from friends, family and people I’ve talked to about my Trek.. Why by horse? Why not by car or Rv? Why do it at all? Aren’t you scared to go by yourself? Aren’t you scared of bears, wolves and bad people?  Are you taking a gun? You need to take a partner. You need to take a weapon. All these questions are designed to make you wonder am I insane to follow my dream. Especially when I get that look you all know the one, the one your parents gave to you as a child that asks you why you are planning something so idiotic. All I can say is when I get old I don’t want to look back on my life and have regrets. Regrets that I failed myself and didn’t follow my dreams. That I failed God because I didn’t follow the dreams he has given me.images


I know some of you are wondering why. Why do this type of trip? Why the length? Well like I explained at the beginning of my story my desire to do this Trek was started when I read about the Abernathy brothers. But even before that I was always looking and wondering what was over the next hill, beyond the next curve of the road. I was always exploring trails less traveled to find out where they went. I am a tractor trailer driver, a trucker. I’ve drove all 48 eight states and Canada. But all I’ve seen was the main roads, I’ve drove by national parks, through wilderness areas , by historical signs. Yet could never stop and actually see the places where history was made. I want to travel at a pace where I can take roads less traveled. Talk to people who I would never see if I was traveling at the modern pace in a car. I want to hear peoples stories of their lives and their ancestors. I want to inspire people to follow their dreams no matter how hard or crazy they seem. I want to bring awareness of the hunger in America and that one person can make a difference. That last sentence is also the most important one. Because it pertains to the dreams I have mentioned. FB_IMG_1465165962344

Why worry about Weight

You may be wondering why I’m worried about weight. Weight will make or break a trip. Horses can carry 20% of their weight. So basically a 1000 lb horse should carry at max 200 lb. So if you have a saddle that weighs 30 lb, camping gear that weighs 20 lbs, you should not weigh more then 150 lbs. This doesn’t even include water, horse feed and your food. That is why most travelers use a pack animal, or travel no more then 10 to 15 miles a day. If you want to travel 20 to 25 miles a day again use of a pack horse would be required. A pack horse can carry no more then 100 lbs because dead weight is harder to balance and carry. So if you are horse traveling weight is extremely important.

Now I plan on using wagon so my weight can be more. A horse can pull its own weight easily all day everyday with two rest days out of seven. Or a horse can pull three times its weight for a day or two but then must rest for the same amount of time or you’ll exhaust him. Since I’m planning on a very long trip I must keep the weight of my fully loaded wagon around the weight of my horse. The average weight of my horses is 1100 lbs. So I’m looking to buy/ build a wagon that at max weight weighs in at 800 lbs. Preferably lighter. My plan is to carry 30 gallons of water which will weigh 240lb, 200 lbs of grain, so that by itself is 440 lbs. So if the wagon weight 800lbs then I’m already up to 1240 lb. I’m figuring that my camp gear, horse necessaries, and wagon tools will weight in at about 130 lbs. My clothes, food, maps and first aid kit another 30 lbs. So now my wagon fully loaded weighs 1400 lbs. Of course if I can find a lighter wagon this will go down. Plus the water and horse feed won’t always be fully topped off so that will lighten it some to.

But when planning a trip like this always plan for the heaviest amount. But this is why I’m stressing weight. All this is estimated right now but once I have my wagon then I’ll know if I have to cut corners some how to lighten the weight. I also plan on my wagon being versatile in that it can be pull by one horse or a team. I planning on teaming my boys if I hit a steep hill or when I’m fully loaded. So that will help also. Remember please all this information is gathered through research and study. I have not done a trip yet so have no first hand experience. But all the autobiographies I’ve read stresses weight must be kept down.

No hoof No horse


One of my biggest concerns is that old saying, No Hoof No Horse. I’ve been studying on the problem. My choices are horse shoes, horse boots, glue on shoes or barefoot or a combination of two. Horse shoes, my horses have never wore them. I don’t plan on putting horse shoes on them so that option is tabled. Next option is horse boots been looking into that and have narrowed it to Old Macs easy boots or Cavallo boots.received_10211856473661974

I’ve reviewed both and am still undecided. Same with glue on shoes. Barefoot is to me the best way for my horses. Will have to move real slow till their feet toughen up and keep a close eye on them. If necessary I can then make a decision about the horse boots. I am also looking in to something call Hoof Armor but haven’t received any answer back from my email I sent to them. I will try again as it sounds  promising.




Ways to help in your neighborhood

Our mission is to raise awareness of how many children and elderly going hungry in America today and how to help.  America the land of plenty has 16 million hungry children. So we decided to do something to help by what?   So we tried to figure out what we could do to help. We decided that raising awareness of the hopeless hunger in our most at risk Americans would help.

Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. FB_IMG_1512774060950

In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.

We will be stopping along the way to talk to people about the at risk people going hungry on American soil. We will be talking about ways to help American children and elderly.

1. What can local people of the community do to help.
A. Every time you go to the store to buy groceries buy a little extra and give it to someone in your neighborhood who needs it.
B. Find out what children are going hungry in your neighborhood. I’ll bet that most of your children know who doesn’t get to eat. Send a extra lunch to school with your child if he or she knows of a child going hungry. That lunch might let a child go to bed without being hungry.
C. If you know of someone elderly on a fixed income fix up a box of food and drop it off.  A jar of peanut butter  and a loaf of bread will help.  Or a couple cans of soup.
2. Why should you help.
A. The child you help feed today might be the one to save your child’s life tomorrow.

B. The children are your neighbors, what will you be teaching your children if you don’t help.

3. Don’t look the other way and expect someone else to help. Set an example to your family and your neighbors. It doesn’t cost much to help a little and if everyone helps a little maybe Children and Elderly going hungry in America will stop.


It’s not the government’s job to help, it’s ours the people who live beside our at risk neighbors. Please don’t ignore the problem and say it’s not my problem. Because it is our problem.

When you feed others you are feeding Christ.

1. Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me.


Keeping my boys safe.

There are several ways to secure my horses at camp, my first choice would be grazing in someone’s beautiful fenced in pasture but I think that will be rare. So my second choice is the Gallenger electric fence setFB_IMG_1512961661041. Third choice is tethering and fourth is high lining. But in case I can’t pasture or put up a electric fence I’m going to buy hobbles and tether ropes for all of them. Plus carry high line kit. Hopefully I can use the tether ropes as high line ropes. To cut down on the weight I must carry with me. I will be working intensely with my boys making sure that they understand the ropes and tethering process as well as high lining and electric fencing.