june 14,15

Casita Chronicles  BH summer of love

June 14

We met with Lance and went over the property.  We have decided to put an offer on the property and will do so on Monday and then head back to Boulder.  We took a drive out to  Buffalo Gap a small town 12 miles away.  There is so much to explore here despite having been here so many times in the past.  The afternoon we did maintenance on the casita and moved the camp to the hot springs where we did yoga and soaked and

June 15

Offer submitted and accepted!!   Exciting and scary at the same time.  We made the drive back to the Republic of Boulder County to our little stone cottage.  Going to miss this place  NOT

June 8-13

Casita Chronicles  BH summer of love

June 8

Today we walked the property we are interested in.  It was the same we thought it was the previous day.  We are happy with it yet we want to look at other property as well.   We lazed around the park swimming napping and then Kara showed up.  Kara we had met several years ago thru Scot Von. She grew up in South Dakota but spent a great deal of time in Denver.  She is an expert in land purchasing, remodeling, and investing.  She has made the move to Hot Springs remodeling an old hotel and recently purchased a local mesa she is making into a holistic retreat and one of the hot springs in town she intends to eventually transform.  She also was recently elected onto the city council!  Her energy is dizzying.  She took us on a tour and gave us solid advice.  She is letting us stay and plug into electricity on the bluebird mesa.  We also visited Lune whose family operates the only chinese restaurant in town.  He is the boyfriend of Brin Scot Valentines daughter.  He and his brother also gave us much information.  We feel very welcome here.

June 9 -11

Coffee on the mesa with a beautiful sunrise and rainbow and by end of coffee a thunderstorm and rain.   It rained all day but we enjoyed looking at property in town.  The afternoon I ran and Rajni rode her bike up to cold brook reservoir.  A delightful area right next to town with camping, swimming and ??  We went out that evening to Pringle to the open mic where Clay played and sang. Just driving thru wind cave national park was a treat both ways with buffalo and deer in abundance.  Thursday was rainy but we went to Edgemont to look at the town, enquire about wells that we were told were hot and check out some stone from a torn down building.  We met the mayor and ate brunch.  In the the afternoon we checked out some more properties and ran into Lance while searching for the old quarry.  He suggested we look at his property for sale in town so we did.  Rajni loved it and we called the realtor to show us the interior.  More on that later.  It looks very promising.  Rajni is having reservations about making a move to South Dakota but we are pressing on.

June 12

The sun came out and a wonderful run up hot brook canyon.  We worked on getting information regarding property and Kara’s projects to pay our keep.  I soaked in the warm springs on Kara’s property –  very nice – hope to get Rajni over there.  We went out with kara and Clay for steak dinner on our bikes.  A wonderful  day in Hot Springs South Dakota

June 13

Clay took us out to canoe the Cheyenne river.  It is in flood stage but very doable.  In fact little paddling was needed to coast down thru the beautiful pristine country.  It passes thru the wild horse sanctuary and abundant wildlife including bald eagles, golden eagles numerous snakes and a beaver to name a few.  We dumped the canoe twice.  The second time Mrs O swimming to the opposite shore requiring her to swim across the river with her paddle.  This event took place at the one waterfall where another group was attempting to surf the Large wave created by the fall.  Of note was the side trip up cascade creek that is spring fed.  Its water is crystal clear and we could see the fish easily.  Where it intersects with the muddy Cheyenne was a distinct line demarcation between the two.  We got a roasted chicken and had dinner at Kara’s warm spring soaking and discussing the future.   We plan on leaving on the morrow but will have a last look at the properties we are interested in.  Two movies have been filmed in this area,  Crazy Horse and Hidalgo.   Life is interesting here in the city of stone.  ps found a great rock outcrop that could produce some nice building stone!!

june 8-11

Casita Chronicles  BH summer of love

June 8

Today we walked the property we are interested in.  It was the same we thought it was the previous day.  We are happy with it yet we want to look at other property as well.   We lazed around the park swimming napping and then Kara showed up.  Kara we had met several years ago thru Scot Von. She grew up in South Dakota but spent a great deal of time in Denver.  She is an expert in land purchasing, remodeling, and investing.  She has made the move to Hot Springs remodeling an old hotel and recently purchased a local mesa she is making into a holistic retreat and one of the hot springs in town she intends to eventually transform.  She also was recently elected onto the city council!  Her energy is dizzying.  She took us on a tour and gave us solid advice.  She is letting us stay and plug into electricity on the bluebird mesa.  We also visited Lune whose family operates the only chinese restaurant in town.  He is the boyfriend of Brin Scot Valentines daughter.  He and his brother also gave us much information.  We feel very welcome here.

June 9 -11

Coffee on the mesa with a beautiful sunrise and rainbow and by end of coffee a thunderstorm and rain.   It rained all day but we enjoyed looking at property in town.  The afternoon I ran and Rajni rode her bike up to cold brook reservoir.  A delightful area right next to town with camping, swimming and ??  We went out that evening to Pringle to the open mic where Clay played and sang. Just driving thru wind cave national park was a treat both ways with buffalo and deer in abundance.  Thursday was rainy but we went to Edgemont to look at the town, enquire about wells that we were told were hot and check out some stone from a torn down building.  We met the mayor and ate brunch.  In the the afternoon we checked out some more properties and ran into Lance while searching for the old quarry.  He suggested we look at his property for sale in town so we did.  Rajni loved it and we called the realtor to show us the interior.  More on that later.  It looks very promising.  Rajni is having reservations about making a move to South Dakota but we are pressing on.

June 7,8

Casita Chronicles  BH summer of love

June 7

The O’s are at it again.  Too much responsibility and city life, we had to take off for awhile.  Back on the road to ??

Black Hills, the town of Hot Springs.  We are interested in buying land for our retirement home.  However,  its the journey now isn’t it.  In route there was a flash flood with 15” of rainfall in the Lusk area and the bridges were out going north.  East we went and found ourselves in Harrison Nebraska and decided to stay the night.  Harrison is the only town in Sioux county.  The entire county population is a whopping 400.  Most live in town.  This county seat has its schools, the county courthouse the outdoor pool and a nice park where you can hook up to water and electricity free for 3 days.  Just our kind of place!  We rode our bikes on all the 10 streets and visited along the way.  Yoga in the park and a nice evening in the midst of the vast sand hills.

June 8

We leisurely  carried on passing thru old Ft Robinson famous for the site of Crazy Horse and his death by his own people and the end of Cheyenne Autumn  by Marie Sandoz.  We had brunch in Crawford and spent quite a bit of time at the museum with the curator discoursing about his life and the area.  This entire area green with the rains of spring is some of the most beautiful you will ever see with pine ridges vast grasslands, buttes and peaceful little towns.  Ahead the Black Hills with its diverse fauna and wonderful climate.  When we made Hot Springs it was late afternoon and we camped in the chataugua park.  I dipped in the hot brook and set off on a 4 mile run to the property upstream that we have thoughts of buying.  Rajni rode her bike with water and we walked what we think is the property.  We have an apt on the morrow with the realtor.  This place and area has always been a favorite of mine from the first time I came back in the 70’s.  It may be our retirement home if the we purchase.

april 6

Casita Chronicles

THE 50th STATE

April  6  2015

Hawaii’s history has so much to teach us.  The Kapu system was a stone age small brain animal belief system. For example:  The rooster crows and the sun comes up making him believe the sun came up because he crowed.  The Kapu system was the flip side.  The constant cataclysmic events of earthquake, eruption, typhoon, tsunami you name it was believed to be the act of Gods in punishment for something men did.  Through the course of time it was determined what displeased the Gods (or what they thought displeased the Gods)  When the cataclysmic events continued to happen someone must have violated the rules or an additional rule was imposed.  Violation of the Kapu was usually death for endangering the people.  Unless you made it to the place of refuge where absolution was administered.  The list of rules was oppressive and long.  When education came with the advent of contact with Cook people began to question this system.  Komehemeha 2 with the influence and support of his stepmother decided to end it.  When the huge system of priests who had tremendous comfort, control and power realized it would end for them they assembled an army of devotees and a civil war ensued.  We visited the Gettysburg of that civil war in which the forces of K-2 came out victorious.  It was a bloodbath but the superior weapons that K-1 had seen and gotten by trade and used to easily unify the islands made it possible.  Today when natural events take place no one is killed or sacrificed.  Also evidenced is the need to maintain technological superiority over those that would take freedom away.  Since we are still evolving from stone age small brain animal  thought processes.  An excellent example of this is the simple lever device that changed a single shot rifle to a repeating rifle know as the Spencer.  This small innovation saved 50 fearless men, most of the Lincoln County men when they were attacked by 500 Cheyenne braves at Beecher Island Colorado.  We went to the battlefield where the combatants where buried almost where they fell, the heavily charged SOM long since returning to balance with the universe.  It is alway again however good to remember so we learn and not repeat things.

The afternoon took us to what was supposedly a little used beach in some state park. On a monday it must of had 1,000 people.  The O’s just turned around and back up the road pulled out and followed a faint trail over the ridge and down to the sea where we found an amazing coral/lava sand beach complete with shade trees, tidal pools  and NO ONE!  We named it Uriah Beach —Yeah, we lost the laundry and prepared for fun.   However a young couple ventured into the area but seeing the nakedness they also dropped their clothes.  I think most people enjoy being naked especially children.  They just need permission.  But there is this thing about Adam and Eve feeling shame when they knew they were naked?  KAPU.  We christened the beach and headed for home.  Tomorrow is a big day, we intend to find Captain Cook.

april 5

Casita Chronicles

THE 50th STATE

April 5  2015

Our last Sunday on “the big island”  and its easter.   We did not go to church and in fact we did not go to passover either.  For Rajni and I these religious beliefs and ceremony are dear to us filled with memories of our youth. but at the same time since our beliefs have changed and the imperative need to attend seems to be fading with the years.  Instead we went to the famous 2 step point considered to be one of the best locations to snorkel and swim with the dolphins.  We did both and enjoyed it immensely.  I was so proud of Rajni swimming far out into the deep blue sea to commune with the dolphins.  Next door is the aiekoiappieoopupu National Park or something like that.  It contains replica’s of the old Heai’s what was curious about it was the sign at the front- No swimming or Snorkeling ??? Thats kind of like putting up a sign at Rocky Mountain National Park No hiking or backpacking hmmmm.  Government land I guess.  We stopped at the north end of Captain Cook Bay.  You can see the monument in the far distant side of the bay.  The only access is swimming, kayaking or hiking in from the north.  It will be our mission to find that trail.  In the meantime the location you can observe it where we were at  is the county park and the old Heai where they most likely cut him to pieces and distributed them to various people to eat and sacrifice.

april 4

Casita Chronicles

THE 50th STATE

April  4 2015

saturday, the sabbath, the day of rest.  This is history day for the O’s  We first visited the residence of Komehemea the great or the 1st.  now a 5 star hotel.  His heiau has been reproduced however next to the small beach full of pasty white americans.  We ventured over to the oldest church and also oldest masonry building with mortar in the state.  It was of course a church. The mortar made from the oil of ku kui nuts crushed coral and sand has withstood the years, actually much better than conventional mortar!!  The beams all mortice and tenon where cured in ocean water and have not been attacked by termites curiously enough.   In the museum we learned so many things I will try and condense.  The polynesians were without a doubt amazing explorers and navigators and in some ways dwarfing the courage of Columbus.  Life however was a bitter pill.  The stratified caste system was oppressive especially for women.  They could only eat what men gave them and nothing from a tree and never were allowed to eat with a man.  The rules of Kapu went on and on.  Death was always at the door either from other tribes or as human sacrifice and as if that was not enough it is estimated over a third of the infants born were buried alive for one reason or another.   Then out of nowhere comes Captain James Cook.  Despite their belief that he was a God he denied it.  These were stone age people and the things he possessed particularly steel and weapons were amazing.  One of his guests who spent the night on his ship was the young Komehemeha.  i am sure he began to scheme how to use such power to control others  (why is this always the case??)   In the end he did exactly that.  When his son came to power his favorite step mother convinced him to do away with the Kapu system.  They ate a meal together and the Gods did not strike them dead!!!  The priests summoned an army to punish him and restore Kapu but using his fathers arsenal of weapons komehemeha 2 was victorious.  It was the Gettysburg of Hawaii also near this spot where we are staying.  All this unknown in the States it was decided to send some missionaries with the good news of Jesus.  The year is 1820.  They came and the vacuum left by abandonment of the Kapu system was filled not just with the love of Christ but education such that in 30 years hawaii had the highest literacy in the world!!  Under Komehemeha 3 land was free to be sold or given away to foreigners (it had not been in the past).  The rest is history.   Time for a dip in the hot swimming pool.

I am realizing how we have become out of touch lately.  That is to say with the world.  We do not watch TV or read the Newspaper or listen to the Radio.  The internet seems to be our only connection.  If something important happened we would not know.  I guess nothing important happens.  Rajni awoke last nite and felt a tremor.  Life on “the big Island”  is actually very tenuous with lave flows, tsunami’s and earthquakes a given, when is the question.

Rajni also woke me up to see the full eclipse of the moon.  A life changing experience, I went back to sleep.