Mar 05
Daniel, Francis, Donna, and David Foucachon, then Cooper White, Cooper Salmon

Thirty more days until I start hiking the PCT. The anxiety is building. Thoughts are raging about my preparedness and plans. There are several things that are most important now.

Betsy

I will be leaving Betsy for 5-6 months. She is my top priority in life and the person that I have learned to love more than any other human in the world. My thoughts are ever toward her and her welfare while I am gone. She will be babysitting our granddaughter Rachel during the months of May, June, and July and so will be busy. But she is worried about my welfare, and I need to assure her that I will always play it safe. It is possible that I may drop in at home once or twice in the middle of my hike, but that remains something that I can’t speak about at this time. We’ve gone over many details of the economics of the household since I’ve managed our finances and other concerns entirely up to this time. I think that she is feeling comfortable with matters.

Heavy snow year

I’ve followed online discussions (mostly on Facebook) about how to deal with the heavy snow year. It is quite possible that I will be doing what is called a flip-flop, where one jumps ahead on the trail, and then comes back later to complete that section. If I flip-flopped, I would probably jump from Walker Pass to Donner Pass, complete the hike, and then return to Walker Pass to complete the high Sierra.

Finishing other projects

There are garden and yard projects that need to be completed, friends and family to touch base with, and completion of my autobiography. I have published on this blog site the 1st version of my autobiography. I’ve heard back from several friends that I perhaps might have over-stated some things, such as my criticism of the south without discussing that in general, Betsy and I had a very nice time in Biloxi, all other things being considered. I will probably add in a brief description of my PCT hike, and submit the autobiography to the printers just after our 40th wedding anniversary on 20OCT2019. I await other critical comments on the book but just haven’t heard back from anybody regarding corrections that they would like me to make regarding their own personal details. There will be time for that if you e-mail me before September.

Huguenot Heritage

The photo above is that of Francis and Donna Foucachon, whose ministry is that of Huguenot Heritage, partnered with 3 Millennium Ministries in providing theological educational materials to the French-speaking peoples of the world. My heart goes out to those in Africa and elsewhere who speak the French language, yet have almost no instructional materials in solid Christian theological doctrine and truths. This last Sunday and yesterday I spent back in Moscow, Idaho filming promotional materials for Huguenot Heritage. Several of the Foucachon children run a video/publishing concern in Moscow, Idaho called Roman Roads Media, and they were able to do filming with me outside (in the snow) as well as inside. We intend to do a hike-a-thon style fund-raiser for my PCT hike, asking people to commit to so many cents or dollars per mile to the Huguenot Heritage effort. 100% of all funds will be used carefully to fund the translation of educational materials used by 3rd Millennium. I beg all readers to consider making a donation. Since the trail is at a maximum of 2650 miles and if you donate a penny a mile, the most you will be out will be $26.50. I sincerely hope that you could do 10¢ or even a dollar or more per mile. It will be tax deductible, and serves greatly in promoting God’s kingdom among the French. There will be more information forthcoming regarding this effort on this web site, on the Huguenot Heritage webpage, and on my Facebook page.

It was a total delight to spend time with the Foucachon family and their friends from Roman Roads Media. They are the most wonderful hospitable people. Francis grew up in France, and was trained as a chef. He then went into the ministry, being ordained in the PCA church (I think). He lives in Moscow, Idaho, and used to run a totally first class French restaurant in town, until his Huguenot Heritage ministry needed his full-time attention. I am generally indifferent to French cooking, but I’ve now had a number of meals cooked by Francis, and without hesitation note that they among the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. He is a phenomenal cook. Sunday evening, he cooked a tenderloin steak that is probably the best steak I have ever had ever, bar none. On Monday, he cooked up some lobster bisque and vegetable soup for lunch that was to die for. I really didn’t grasp that food could taste so good. Sunday evening, we were able to share a superb bottle of cognac, fine cigars (that I brought), and fellowship. In so many ways, Francis and I are identical in our theology. We love the Reformed faith, we love the old paths, we love vanTil, we love a worship service that is deeply formal and reverent, etc. It was like discovering a truly kindred spirit. I will definitely be visiting him (and hopefully, some day, his church, Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho) again.

vegetable soup and lobster bisque

A very hospitable table that can be expanded much further. This was lunch! with a wonderful wine, salad, a melted cheese item, and the soups above.

There was about 6 inches of snow in the Moscow, Idaho area. The drive was snowy all the way from Tiger Mountain (in Western Washington) to Moscow, Idaho. The roads were excellent. Nearing their home in Moscow, Idaho, I was using Google Maps, which took me down a side road that ended up unplowed and impassable. After a little difficulty turning around, I make their home in just over 5 hours.

I will be using the Huguenot Heritage and Roman Roads Media people to do my hiking updates. I’ll send them the photos and text, and they will place them into a blog page that will illustrate my hike. Thus, it will be important that you connect with the Huguenot Heritage website.

Preparation for the Hike

I still need to continue exercises to get me in shape. I’d like to do one overnight backpack trip, even if it is only a few miles in distance, just to get used to packing and unpacking the tent, sleeping bag, and camping stuff. I will continue my day hikes, now always with my ULA backpack containing in it everything that I will be needing for my hike. Other days, I’ll go with Betsy to the YMCA and work out on the stair stepper and weights. I feel ready at this time, but wish to continue training exercises up to the time of my departure.

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Mar 01

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer ★★★★★

We had wished to see this movie when it was still in the theaters, but for very understandable reasons (all bad) the film was pulled, even though it was monetarily doing quite well. So, we thought it would be worth watching. It is a true story, and apparently the movie was careful to be as accurate to the historical details as possible.

Perhaps our first reaction was that the acting was not the best. This is understandable, as I’m sure it was hard to find actors willing to do this film. Contrariwise, the scene set-ups and cinematography were superb, and the action/story line was excellent.

The story is of the FBI and county detectives encountering each other in a search for the source of the physician who was writing massive quantities of narcotics. A raid on his office demonstrated a veritable house of horrors. The filth and stench of his office defied imagination, with fetal and infant body parts littering every portion of his three-story office and procedure clinic. Eventually, employees started talking of the abuses and crimes that were committed on a regular basis in the office.

A moderate amount of the movie centered around the court scene. The defending lawyer pleaded how rampant violations were necessary in order to best promote the “good”, that of making abortion easy and available to every girl in all stages of pregnancy. The prosecuting attornies insisted that the trial was not about abortion, but about the killing of babies in later stages of pregnancy or soon after birth. The prosecution prevailed, and Gosnell ultimately got life in prison without parole (which means 5-10 years in non-legal speak).

It’s what the movie did not say but suggested that makes the movie so powerful. 1. Yes, it is about abortion. 2. Yes, it is a real human being inside. 3. The slippery slope is speeding up. This movie came out approximately 6 months ago. Six months later, two states approved the murder of live-birth abortions. Multiple senators struck down a proposed law that would ban precisely the things that sent Gosnell to prison. 4. Moral relativism will ultimately lead to anything being moral, including the sacrifice of infants to Molech. Assuredly, Francis Crick of double helix fame will be proven correct that abortion will be legal up to age 2. And, why not? If the child is an inconvenience, why shouldn’t the mother have the right to terminate her little nuisance? One cannot possibly say that the trial of Gosnell was NOT about abortion. Political correctness is killing our nation as we refuse to speak openly and honestly about matters of deepest concern. Portrayed in this movie was the ivory tower of lies, the courtroom, the halls of where truth must be discarded and hope abandoned for the innocent. If this trial were to be held in 2019, Gosnell would have walked away with only misdemeanors for his office practices. It makes one weep.

It is a film that brought tears to my eyes, in that both the defense and prosecuting attornies refused to speak the honest truth about the horrors of abortion. The movie is an indictment on our nation, which will someday go down in history as committing crimes that make the Nazis appear like innocent school children. It is a moving film, very much worth watching.

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