As I wait for my time to begin, I wonder do I have the courage to follow where I’m being led. I wonder if I’m crazy to believe that this Trek is what I’m being told to do, that I ‘one person’ can make a difference. Dreams are hard to follow because they are that, just dreams. I have to trust in my mission and my dreams and take that jump off the cliff in to uncertainty. I have to trust that as I jump I’ll be caught and be guided in my mission. Children are our future, is our duty and privilege to have them given into our care. To have them go hungry because the politicians, the scared, and the selfish people say that they are not as important as money and power is wrong. I’m going to take that jump in two months to bring awareness of the Hungry Children in America. Join me in taking care of our children. No longer look away and say it’s not my problem, let the government take care of them or their parents who can’t seem to do it. It’s our job as Americans and children of God to take care of our children.
Health such a little word but its a show stopper. In the last couple of years a lot of my family has become ill, some have traveled up the stairs, at least I hope they have. But it has brought an awareness into my life that if I keep putting off my dreams I might not be able one day to follow my dreams. Illness has no respect for age or dreams. So while this is my dream I’m also going to do for all those who could not follow their crazy dreams due to sudden illnesses or long term ones. Life is unpredictable don’t put off your dreams to long.
3 months to the start of Chatrek. Challenging people to change their perception of hunger in American Children and the Elderly.
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. We know that a peaceful world cannot exist one-third rich and two-thirds hungry. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. You pray for the hungry then you feed them.
Malnutrition in all its forms – from wasting to obesity – directly affects one in three people.
Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek
Most people dislike feeling hunger and kids are no exception. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines hunger as a physiological state of discomfort resulting from a chronic shortage of food intake. Hunger has been linked to disease, pain, physical weakness, anxiety and death. With over 40 percent of households living below the poverty level in the United States, many children are affected by hunger. Approximately 13 million American children live with or are at risk of experiencing hunger. Because childhood represents such a critical period in human development, the long-term impact of hunger on children can be extremely detrimental.
Hunger Hits Physically
Good nutrition has a direct link to proper physical growth and development for kids. Children who experience chronic, unsatisfied hunger are at risk of not getting the appropriate intake of necessary vitamins and minerals to ensure reaching developmental milestones. A child might be shorter than average height and could be significantly underweight. Some kids succumb to common childhood diseases because hunger lowers immunity necessary for warding off illnesses. Kids suffering from hunger often have poorer overall physical health.
Cognitive Effects of Hunger
Your youngster’s cognitive development might suffer from hunger. Children experiencing chronic hunger could develop learning disabilities or other cognitive impairments. Many kids will have trouble focusing in an academic setting due to a lack of energy and motivation. A hungry child often has ongoing health issues, so he may have frequent school absences that also make it difficult to learn. Your hungry child might fall behind in grade levels.
Feeling Hungry Impacts Sociability
A child experiencing hunger might feel embarrassed and ashamed. These feelings of embarrassment could affect your child’s interaction with peers or your youngster could engage in negative interactions such as fighting or stealing. The youngster could be socially isolated due to academic struggles, so he may be older than classmates. A child who feels chronically hungry could show unusual signs of stress and anxiety.
JUST THE FACTS
HUNGER IN THE U.S. | WORLD POVERTY & HUNGER
- There are 815 million hungry people in the world—one in every nine people2.*
- An estimated sixty percent of the world’s hungry are women or girls3.
- Every year, 3.1 million children under five die due to malnutrition.
* This is the number reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Critics claim that the FAO data neglects larger issues of poverty, inequality and rising food prices. It is almost certain that the number of people facing hunger worldwide is even higher.
HUNGER IN AMERICA
- 41.2 million Americans are food insecure,* meaning they are often forced to skip meals, eat less at meals, buy cheap non-nutritious food and/or feed their children but not themselves.4
- 12.9 million children in the US are food insecure.5
- There are 15.6 million U.S. households suffering from food insecurity – 12.7 percent of all U.S households.6
- 6.1 million U.S. households suffer from severe food insecurity, which means the people who live in them are often hungry.7
- 3.1 million households with children are food insecure at some time each year.8
- 42.3 million Americans currently rely on SNAP (Supplemental Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) to meet their food needs.9
- 83% of SNAP households have incomes below the poverty line. Additionally, 82% of all SNAP benefits go to the most vulnerable households – those with children, elderly or disabled people.10
- Among SNAP households with children, more than 60 percent of work while receiving SNAP, and almost 90 percent are employed the prior or subsequent year. SNAP helps Americans return to work, and increasingly, it helps those who already work, but do not receive a sufficient wage to feed themselves or their families.11
- Many families suffering from hunger and poverty live in areas where fresh, unprocessed, healthy food is not available or is expensive, while the food they do have access to is nutritionally deficient.12
So I’m going to mention a few people who have done Treks like I’m planning.
First there is Bernie Harberts author and adventure. He rode across America on a mule. When he started he says he didn’t know much about Mules or equine trekking. But not knowing much he still did it, that takes bravery of a special type. His web site is http://www.riverearth.com.
Then there is Bernice Ende a lady adventure that has almost 14000 miles to her name on horseback thru America and Canada. She travels alone with her two horses. http://www.endeofthetrail.com/blog/
Then there is the Wagon teamster Bob Skelding a man who as traveled across America by horse and wagon. Still does treks around in America when he can. He was hit by a eighteen Wheeler and two of his horses were killed and one was injured. He was hospitalized from the accident. After he got better he bought another wagon and team and continued his journey. When the injured horse was healed he rejoined the team. That takes bravery of a awesome sort. His Website is http://www.wagonteamster.com
I would also like to mention another website that has also shown me that I’m not insane or at least if I am then I’m in a select group of people. This would be the long riders guild. Their website is http://www.thelongridersguild.com
These and people like them are where I’m getting the inspiration and courage to follow my dreams. How can I not follow them with individuals like these leading and showing the way.
My route I plan on starting this Trek in July of 2018. This time frame is adjustable. I’m planning for that date because it will have me doing winter in the warmer states Ky, TN NC, Tn,Ky,Ar,OK,. Basically following the Benge route of the Trail of Tears. I’m hoping to be leaving OK. in February then it will be heading north through Dodge City Ks, Ne, SD, ND, Mt, Id,and Wa following the Cherokee Trail to the Oregon trail and then to Lewis and Clark trail then North to the Pacific Northwest Trail even though I won’t be able to follow the PNT with a wagon I’ll parallel it. I’m hoping to get to Neah Bay Wa by Oct or Nov 2019. Then I will head south down the coast to CA then start heading east thru Nv, Ut, I’m hoping to go though these to states in the spring when it will be cooler and there will be more water. Then Arizona Tx Oklahoma Arkansas Tn. Then home to Science Hill Ky sometime around July 2020. This route is adjustable depending on different factors and to where I’m led.
For the end of this trip. But not I hope the end of the story.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
We are scheduled to begin our journey on July, 2018
My extensive preparations have been going on for over two years already, including training, fitness, mapping, logistical planning and more. You can see what I’ve been doing to get ready and keep up to date with our progress and adventures right here on this blog.
There were several ideas on how to carry enough water. One was carry 5 gallon jerricans but I kept coming back to the fact that I would have to carry at least 6 and they would take up a lot of room. I had decided that 36 gallons of water would be my goal as horses drink between 10 to 15 gal. a day. Then I thought of barrels but again there was the problem of room, where would I put them. Finally I decided on two 18 gal. RV water tanks. I could put them under the seat of the wagon. The reason I decided on two was that way I could leave one empty when I knew that there would be water ahead plus it would cut down on water surge in the tank. The weight for water is 8 lb per gal so 36 gal is 288 lb. I’m going to leave it up to my friends and family “who are awesome” to build my wagon for me to figure out how to get water in and out.
As we travel slowly across America we plan on stopping and talking to local people and explaining why we are traveling the way we are. We will call ahead to see if the papers of the local communities would be willing to talk to us and do up an article.
> We are also going to try to find a local charity contact and see if they want to set up a event like a local trail ride and or BBQ with us or even have some of the rider’s in the community ride alongside of us for a day or two to raise money for local needs.
> As we ride we are hoping that the national news will start covering us. Raising the awareness to a national level.
> Horses can only travel 15 to 25 miles a day for three to five days before they have to take a rest day. We will try to schedule these rest days in conjunction with interviews and other events.
> There is exciting times ahead and I hope you will join us in Raising Awareness for the Hungry Children of America
Another good cause
After operations we took a long drive to go see a range not being rounded up.
We are running on little sleep, long drives, daily observations and then processing images and video. We will have a comprehensive look at week one, including the underlying factors, shortly. We will include a more formally edited compilation of video and stills when we find time to upload.
For links to all of the daily reports go HERE.
Today was windy and cold with temperatures during operations never rising far above freezing. The wind may have had something to do with the flight operations of the helicopter; any rise above ground level brought gusts.
Yesterday was slow and easy; today was not. It was cold, windy and it was reflected in movement.
Wild horses captured 36 (14 studs, 16 mares, 6 foals).
Links to other reports from Triple B HERE.
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