NYTimes.com: Earthly dream is realized in the rain forest

An Arti­cle about my trav­el in THE NEW YORK TIMES! I nev­er thought that this would ever hap­pen.

I should have told Bill that I want to write small books about the earth and it’s won­der (and he should hear me gig­gle now. It was noth­ing he got to hear 🙂

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Out Here | Hoh Rain For­est, Wash.: Earth­ly Dream Is Real­ized in the Rain For­est

By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Big Spruce Tree
Big Spruce Tree

The beau­ty here is not nec­es­sar­i­ly for every­one. Pound­ed by up to 170 inch­es of pre­cip­i­ta­tion each year, these grand old woods are wet­ter and gray­er and gloomi­er than most. Then again, not every sum­mer trav­el­er seeks sun­shine.

I want to under­stand Earth,” said Ruth Lot­ter, inter­rupt­ed while focus­ing her cam­era on one par­tic­u­lar­ly large and dex­ter­ous root sup­port­ing a big spruce tree.
.…

The mix of mys­ti­cal and triv­ial makes Ms. Lot­ter gig­gle, and she gig­gles well. She is 49 and Aus­tri­an and she likes the road. She fell in love with the Cal­i­for­nia Red­woods 15 years ago and is cer­tain she was trans­formed by a trip to study stro­ma­to­lites — ancient rock struc­tures that form in shal­low water — in Aus­tralia two years ago. She also had a remark­able moment near here this sum­mer. She was at Cape Flat­tery, the north­west­ern-most point in the con­tigu­ous Unit­ed States, and she had been wor­ry­ing about being sad. Then she decid­ed to stop wor­ry­ing.

I real­ized, ‘When I’m sad, be sad.’ And in that moment, I was hap­py.”

That got her gig­gling again.

It was rain­ing as she spoke. “It’s fun­ny that it’s rain­ing in the rain for­est,” she said.
.….

The real thing is the real thing,” she said. “The more I under­stand Earth, the more I’m impressed.” WILLIAM YARDLEY

Copy­right 2011 The New York Times Com­pa­ny

Read the com­plete sto­ry in the New York Times!

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People I met and I want to thank

and I would like to thank in this way, even if I don’t know the name of every­one.


2011usa_3-025Ruth
:
She was my first host and com­fort­ed me after my long flight. I am grate­ful how easy she made my first days in Cal­i­for­nia. It was very spe­cial to stay in the Los Ange­les Ranges, a place I might have not seen with­out her. She showed me not only the Pine Moun­tain Club, she also intro­duced me to:

bud­dhist monks: Rev­erend Mas­ter Phoebe and Rev­erend Mas­ter Seikai:

2011usa_3-033I was invit­ed to be part of the Lotus Cer­e­mo­ny and here you can lis­ten what Mas­ter Phoebe said about the cer­e­mo­ny dur­ing the Dhar­ma Talk where we sat togeth­er and drank some tea and had some cook­ies which I found a touch­ing way of teach­ing as we were encour­aged to talk with her and ask ques­tions.

San­dra:
I met San­dra at the park­ing lot of San Andreas Trail close to Palo Alto. She is born in New York and lives now since almost 30 years in Cal­i­for­nia. She encour­aged me to write about my expe­ri­ences about my trav­el and she is read­ing this blog too. Quite a lot peo­ple I met use google trans­la­tor. I was sur­prised how many were inter­est­ed to read my blog. That is also a rea­son why I write this in Eng­lish.

Har­ri­et:
She is anoth­er couch­surf­ing host of mine and she is still encour­ag­ing me and I love that we are still in con­tact. I had to smile when she wrote after I sent her a book back, she bor­rowed me:
I have lost a cou­ple of books over the years by lend­ing them to close, dear friends that I had known for decades, and that I would trust with my life.(One of the couch surf­ing rat­ings, trust­ing some­one with your life)
But trust­ing a book return is one step high­er than trust­ing ones life!
So, I trust you with my life, and with my books!
Maybe the librarian’s heart came through. It means a lot to me that she told me that she invit­ed me because of my pho­tos but also that she uses her annu­al pass to the Cal­i­for­nia State Parks now more often because of my trav­el blog. I like her pic­tures and her hous­es. If you want to see her hous­es, than enjoy I like her style.
Spe­cial Thanks to her.

Lyn and Sam:
while Sam was quite busy, I had won­der­ful talks with Lyn. It was like know­ing her for ages and I came just home for a vis­it. We spoke about fam­i­lies, the world, our jobs … all that stuff you talk to famil­iar peo­ple. I am grate­ful that she made me feel we know each oth­er since decades. I miss talks like I had with her. He, Lyn, you won­dered what I will resume about you. Here you can see.

Ranger Car­ol:
She works at the Lassen Nation­al For­est close to the camp­ground where I staid at Mount Lassen. She was cheer­ing me up for this trav­el ask­ing if she could come along with me. She was so friend­ly and nice and explained and showed me where I can go and what might be spe­cial for me. That she looked at this blog even after weeks was a love­ly sur­prise. Rangers like her are doing a won­der­ful job and I think they give a lot to all of vis­i­tors — hap­py we found some­one like her.

Rachel:
Rachel is a 20 year old woman and I found her on a rainy day cry­ing with her lit­tle dog on the stair­case of my motel. I did­n’t know what to do. Might it be obtru­sive if I talk to her? I did and as I could­n’t under­stand her because of her heart­break­ing tears I invit­ed her for a break­fast. She told me a long sto­ry and I don’t know if it was true or not. But I saw her care for her dog, I saw her wish to make it. Her boyfriend kicked her out and she had no fam­i­ly who cares for her that was easy to believe. I don’t know if she real­ly gave her child away for an adop­tion, she lost her mom 15 months ago. But I saw how strong she want­ed to make it. Few days lat­er I saw Will Smith in The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness and I asked myself how many home­less or almost home­less peo­ple has the same dream and how many won’t make it.

Polit­i­cal talks:
At Low­ell Cov­ered Bridge I met a lady who was clean­ing the exhi­bi­tion inside the the bridge. I asked her why this bridge was only cov­ered part­ly. She did­n’t know but then I could see that the oth­er part was a dam and not a bridge any­more. I don’t know how it came but I spoke about the Roo­sevelts. Theodor Roo­sevelt whom I just knew from “Arsenic and Old Lace” when the cousin was dig­ging the Pana­ma-Canal and who gave the ted­dy bears his name. Hon­est­ly he want­ed a canal through Nicaragua and they bought it from the French. But he made quite a lot of Nation­al Parks, Nation­al Mon­u­ments, and Nation­al Forests and was the founder of Muir Woods Nation­al Mon­u­ment. Here I heard of him and startet the research because this hap­pened in 1908 and in 1945 the 50 del­e­gates who signed the Unit­ed Nations Char­ter went there. Franklin D. Roo­sevelt died short­ly before it and on May 19, the del­e­gates held a com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­mo­ny in trib­ute to his mem­o­ry in Muir Woods’ Cathe­dral Grove.

There­fore I start­ed to look for them while the first was a Repub­li­can, the sec­ond exe­cut­ed the “New Deal” and a Demo­c­rat. So I told her that quite a lot of the dams at this time were built as a activ­i­ty against the great depres­sion of the 30s. Lot of the meth­ods are now part of what Oba­ma is try­ing to force. I spoke with her that the Repub­li­can act as this has nev­er hap­pened before but it did. She agreed and I was a lit­tle sur­prised because I did­n’t expect to find peo­ple who like Oba­ma in the coun­try­side. So I told her that he has now gained more mon­ey from pri­vate peo­ple than 4 years ago. More peo­ple are active in his new cam­paign than 4 years ago. The Repub­li­cans like Palin have 1/7 of friends as Oba­ma has in face­book. Maybe just jour­nal­ists love the loud odd opin­ions of Repub­li­cans and there­fore We hear more of them. Not all are watch­ing Rachel Mad­dows.
On 4 July a young man came to me and asked me if I want to reg­is­ter for the elec­tion. With him it was clear that he was look­ing for vot­ers for Oba­ma. With him I spoke about the pow­er of com­pa­nies. Few days ago the 5 Mil­lion women lost a law­suit because men are earn­ing more than women at Wal­mart. They treat com­pa­nies like any liv­ing per­son which is quite strange but start­ed some­how with the roman law where prop­er­ties count more than human lives. And we still have that but with deci­sions like that it becomes more obvi­ous what strange direc­tion our soci­eties are going to. But if it does­n’t fit the com­pa­nies a state can’t do any­thing. Some cities want to ban plas­tic bag but the plas­tic com­pa­nies are fight­ing against it. Or stronger laws against pow­er plants: here the Fed­er­al Supreme court says it isn’t pos­si­ble that sin­gle states make stronger laws. We spoke about the unbe­liev­able pow­er of Mon­san­to and their restric­tion which is in my opin­ion against human rights. They bring more poverness than any oth­er com­pa­ny I know.

I was just hap­py to find some­one to talk about that after I was lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent shows. And of course the talks with my friend Bet­ty with skype who spoke with me about the sit­u­a­tion in Wis­con­sin. I am def­i­nite­ly curi­ous how it will go on because the peo­ple became active after the elec­tion and a Repub­li­can won.

Andrew:
I had almost for­got­ten that I met him till he wrote weeks lat­er. I think he is not aware that he was the only one for 2 days who spoke with me in the Port­land Hos­tel. I know that I don’t have real prob­lems to get to know peo­ple but there no one spoke to me. They looked at me ask­ing what the hell I want to do there. One stopped talk­ing after real­iz­ing that I am from Aus­tria like Schwarzeneg­ger. Thank you Andrew, you gave me the con­fi­dence back the oth­ers took away. Good luck for your job!

Haley
I don’t know if this is the cor­rect writ­ing Haley like the comet but not writ­ten like it. Which was the com­pro­mise of her par­ents and not call­ing her “new moon” but still peo­ple call her that way. What a nice talk we had on a lazy Sun­day after­noon. Her Grand­moth­er is from Wels in Upper Aus­tria and she knew some Ger­man words. Her baby is almost a year and I just remem­ber the 2nd name “Rebel”. I hope that he will live his name. We spoke about her child­hood (she is 25) and now even at the most peace­ful­ly coun­try­side chil­dren pre­fer to play with the com­put­er dif­fer­ent to her. She was out from morn­ing till evening. I won­der where chil­dren will be able to learn what we learnt play­ing with oth­ers. Are they faster in learn­ing social com­pe­tence and empa­thy? This is the beach where she played as a child. We also spoke about the idea that Amer­i­cans are seen as super­fi­cial. She first thought so but I think Amer­i­cans are quite open and oth­er peo­ple are in dif­fer­ent ways close but you can’t con­nect ope­ness with super­fi­cial. You might need as long as with close peo­ple and as much patience and efford for all peo­ple. If you don’t care more for the oth­er, the result will always be the same.Take care and all the best for your small fam­i­ly and mar­ry if you like it and if it is impor­tant for you and for no oth­er rea­son! And vis­it your grand­moth­er as long as it is pos­si­ble, this is impor­tant!

Twi­light Town Forks  and their Jan:
She is a love­ly lady from Town Motel and we had some love­ly talks and I am look­ing for­ward to read the book of Nicholas Spark she gave to me (and I will look for Note­book by him too). And the leg­end of the Sand Dol­lar. It is beau­ti­ful for me to hear that for the 50th anniver­sary she took her whole fam­i­ly of 27 and cruise to the Caribbean. I have to write her that I came home safe­ly which she asked me to do. I just saw now on her web­site what good prize I got. Maybe because of the rain? I was quite grate­ful that I did­n’t had to learn about the “Twi­light” which you found all over the place. Thank you for all.

Bill:
It was rain­ing and I stood at one of the less beau­ti­ful trees of the “you have to see” trees of my trip when some­one asked me if I am impressed by this big … wow I had to look into the infor­ma­tion of Olympic Nation­al Park. I for­got the name of the tree: it was a big Sit­ka spruce tree. I told him that the Big Cedar more south is more impress­ing. He was curi­ous and as every­one who knows me: I CAN talk. And I told him about the trees, old and young land, about Nation­al Parks and so on and so forth. And he made notes, final­ly he said that he is a jour­nal­ist and curi­ous as I am, I asked for the news­pa­per. New York Times… He took a pic­ture of mine which he send me lat­er. He does­n’t know that I was mar­ried to a jour­nal­ist. I know their fire when they hear good sto­ries. Thank you for your fire.I pre­pared these lines  a week ago as a fin­ish of my trip (is there any­thing bet­ter than a BIG THANKKS at the end?). But dur­ing that week Bill wrote not just an arti­cle about the rain­for­est which was what I expect­ed but an arti­cle about my trav­el:
Earth­ly Dream Is Real­ized in the Rain For­est
By Pub­lished: July 27, 2011
It is my fire to write “My lit­tle Sto­ries about almost Every­thing” which I already start­ed. It made the end over­whelm­ing. My sto­ries are also encour­aged by the next lady:

Lau­ra:
she was hitch­hik­ing at the Pacif­ic Rim Nation­al Park on Van­cou­ver Island. And she almost felt asleep because of her 2 jobs and she was going to vis­it her daugh­ter in hos­pi­tal. But she lis­tened quite inter­est­ed to my sto­ries where I try to explain in easy words what sci­en­tists know nowa­days about the uni­verse and the world. She belongs to the First Nation of Ahousat but nev­er lived in the reser­va­tion. I was hap­py to hear that she start­ed to lis­ten to the sto­ries of the eldest. She told me about the eagle and the sea ser­pent which are the ani­mals of her tribe. The eagle who came to every funer­al and fly in cir­cles around the fam­i­ly and friends. I remem­bered when I drove into their ter­ri­to­ry by acci­dent that it was dif­fer­ent feel­ing, a peace I did­n’t felt on oth­er places. But I was also in oth­er reserve which felt more inse­cure and search­ing. She thanked me telling that stuff in words she can under­stand. That con­vinced me about the impor­tance of a book like that.

I told her the sto­ry of The Every­thing. It is quite inter­est­ing that I talk about it most of the time in Eng­lish The Every­thing, that is what my friend Trent made out of it.

It was record­ed and the music is by Trent. (We were sit­ting in a cof­fee shop in Vien­na just talk­ing, and that’s what he made out of it :-).

Win­nie, Yvonne and Gael:
Fun­ny Vic­to­ria! After lux­u­ry couch­surf­ing places with an own room and an own bath­room, I stayed now at Winnie’s place. I was lucky that I had my mat­tress and sleep­ing bag with me as she had just one blan­ket but three couch­surf­ing guests. After the first night with Yvonne from Ger­many, Gael from New Mex­i­co arrived and we slept in the kitchen/livingroom of about 18 sqm with a park­ing in it. It was good that she wrote in her pro­file that she smokes med­ical .… I did­n’t know how much you need of that. In her enthu­si­asm of hav­ing guests from all over the world, I think she over­es­ti­mate the tol­er­ance of the guests. It was a kind of strange to sleep 2 oth­er strangers in a small room on the floor. But on the oth­er hand I had an expe­ri­ence I would­n’t have had with­out her even if I don’t want to expe­ri­ence it again.

Talk with 2 enlight­ened guys at McDon­alds in Vic­to­ria
Would you expect to sit at McDon­alds and talk with enlight­ened peo­ple? Me nei­ther. We spoke about uni­ver­sal pow­er, uni­ty and eter­ni­ty. I did­n’t expect that. But I had this con­ver­sa­tion. I was just leav­ing when the man next to me said some­thing and I total­ly for­got what he said. (I could­n’t even remem­ber dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion how all began). But after 2 min­utes I explained him my def­i­n­i­tion how every­thing start­ed. It was­n’t the first time I did that.

But after speak­ing for a while with one guy the sec­ond accom­pa­nied us and we spoke for 2 hours till we went our own ways. Also this talk was def­i­nite­ly inspir­ing and touch­ing. But I am not enlight­ened and one said we should believe and he would teach us. While the oth­er enlight­ened said he found it and knows that he can’t explain because he lives now and don’t believe I will answer mails. The man does­n’t know me.

I just meant that noth­ing will con­vince me that I just have to believe. I want to under­stand and not all under­stand­ing comes out of mind. Once I heard at a radio-show a first peo­ple sto­ry­teller say: Food of the mind will feed the heart. Isn’t that an inter­est­ing view? I still see my wish to grow, as I still have prob­lems to under­stand the no-attach­ment. I would have loved to com­mu­ni­cate at least with the sec­ond one but he thought that he isn’t attached to any­thing any­more. I believe that love for each oth­er and care is more impor­tant than any enlight­en­ment. Or should I say my vision of enlight­en­ment is love and care? And I don’t know how this goes with­out attach­ment. I’ll see.

Jan and Jakub:
2 young Czech men in the hos­tel in Van­cou­ver pre­pared me in a way to going home. The 2 of them are trav­el­ling around the world and I don’t know exact­ly what it was but the way they speak or behave just brought back my home. Is there a spe­cial mid­dle Euro­pean way of bei­ing? Maybe.

THANK YOU ALL. You were all part mak­ing this trip spe­cial! Good luck and save trav­el through your lives!

The real thing is the real thing!

I love Eng­lish. I dare to say things in a way I won’t say in Ger­man. In Ger­man I would have said: “Die Real­ität ist das Wahre!” The real­i­ty is the truth. pfff…

I am famous for quotes like that: once I said: In the night the stars shine. And it became a title of a CD.

But “The real thing is the real thing!” was a quote from me of the NYT.

Lan­guage
The price for the most heard word goes to “Awe­some” — I can’t hear it any­more. I heard it every­where. I was lis­ten­ing quite often to radio shows while I was on the road and as you know in the mean­while — 4000 Miles … Some peo­ple (not the jour­nal­ists) say it almost in every sen­tence. But most of the time in Cal­i­for­nia only once in Cana­da where a jour­nal­ist inter­viewed a musi­cian and every­thing he said, she com­ment­ed with: “Awe­some”.
While the Cana­di­ans must have ances­tors in Vorarl­berg (a lit­tle state in Aus­tria) who are known to add “odr?” which means “or?” at the end of many sen­tences. If you are not used, you will just think, why in gods name, should I agree any sen­tence. But in Van­cou­ver Island (and also in the radio) they use “right?” or “aeh?” in the same way as our peo­ple from Vorarl­berg.

Many peo­ple said to me that my Eng­lish is quite per­fect. It start­ed in San­ta Bar­bara where a man who was mar­ried to a Ger­man woman could­n’t hear my Ger­man accent. But I was asked quite often if I am Scot­tish. Nev­er been there… but also Aus­tralian and New Zealand accent was heard. I don’t think that Trent’s ances­tors are influ­enc­ing me. I am def­i­nite­ly sor­ry, I can’t dis­tin­guish the accents. I just don’t under­stand some­times noth­ing but that’s it. When I became tired, my Eng­lish got some Ger­man words in the mid­dle of sen­tences. One lady — she was brought up in Switzer­land with a Ger­man moth­er and a Aus­tri­an father — had still a strong Ger­man accent although she lives since 30 years in Hawaii but she could­n’t speak Ger­man hard­ly any­more. I met more peo­ple than I expect­ed who spoke a lit­tle Ger­man.

The Radio Shows
As I was mov­ing all the time, I had to scan fre­quent­ly. The pub­lic radios remind­ed me to our Aus­tri­an “Ö1”. They had very good shows, very good jour­nal­ist and it hap­pened not only once that I not­ed the show that I could down­load the poad­cast soon­er or lat­er for free which I can’t do in Aus­tria. I have to buy it. The local sta­tions filled with nation wide dif­fer­ent radio shows. The sta­tions with talks and inter­views had no music which I like because it was clear what I had to expect and I got it. This is dif­fer­ent to ours. Some­times it was some­thing like the obit­u­ary of Colum­bo, Peter Falk. But also about ille­gal immi­grants, pol­i­tics, books. I was impressed about the fan­tas­tic knowl­edge of jour­nal­ists.

Music that I like was more dif­fi­cult for me to find. Close to LA I had a nice Jazz radio sta­tion but then I switched to clas­si­cal music and I heard the Volk­sopern orches­tra, the Phil­har­moniker play­ing Bach and Mozart. A lit­tle touch of home. I liked it.

The more north I came the less sta­tions I found but the strongest were the reli­gion ones. Peo­ple, I don’t have any­thing against reli­gion but I don’t like to fright­en peo­ple with hell, dev­il and strict rules. I believe in free­dom which is also an impor­tant part of the Unit­ed States.

 

Cape Flattery

Was hat James Cook nicht ent­deckt? Nur weniges… 🙂

Als er am 22.3 1778 hier vor­beikam, schrieb er “… there appeared to be a small open­ing which flat­tered us with the hopes of find­ing an har­bor … On this account I called the point of land to the north of it Cape Flat­tery.”

So sieht es also am äußer­sten Ende aus. Schön, oder?
Ich habe es genossen, eine Stunde da draussen zu sitzen.
und… ein erster Blick auf Kana­da… soon I’ll be there.

Makah — der äußerste Nordwesten — am Ende der USA

Ich habe nie erwartet, dass ich jemals einen sehen würde: einen Weißkopf­seeadler. Aber dass ich ihn auch noch fotografieren kon­nte, machte mich sprach­los (Ihr habt die zahlre­ichen miss­lun­genen Ver­suche, Vögel beim Fliegen zu fotografieren nicht gese­hen. Es waren unzäh­lige)

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Und als ob das nicht schon aus­re­ichen würde, manche von euch wis­sen es schon, ich samm­le “Ende der Welt” Punk­te. Als ich am Infozen­trum des Nation­al­parks war, sagte man mir, ich sollte unbe­d­ingt zum Cape Flat­tery, dort ist das Ende. Ich mußte lächeln, ich habe ein weit­eres Ende gefun­den. Es ist der äußer­ste nord­west­liche Punkt der USA (ohne Alas­ka und Hawaii).

Diese Gegend gehört den Makah. Sie lebten haupt­säch­lich von Fisch, deshalb ist ihr Wort für Essen Fisch. Wie ich zur Zeit selb­st mit­bekomme, kann es ziem­lich kühl sein, auch im Juli, obwohl man mir erzählt hat, dass es küh­ler als üblich ist. Wir haben 18°, die, wenn die Sonne rauskommt, ziem­lich warm sind, so oft ist das aber nicht passiert. Es ist eher feucht, deshalb ist es ziem­lich grün und die Wälder ziem­lich dicht.

Ein Berglöwe wurde kür­zlich gese­hen, nicht von irgendwelchen Touris­ten, son­dern von Makah (3x unab­hängig voneinan­der), eine Bären­mut­ter mit Jun­gen lebt auch dort. Das war’s mit meinen gefährlichen Erleb­nis­sen (bis auf das Bären­fell an der Wand gestern im Restau­rant, in dem ich früh­stück­te). Ich zäh­le auch nicht den Waschbären zu den Gefährlichen, der 2 Meter von Har­ri­et und mir ent­fer­nt über die Ter­rasse marschierte. Ich denke, die Essens­box gegen hun­grige Tiere rund um den Camp­ing­platz zählt auch nicht. Da die Tem­per­a­turen und die Vorher­sage von Regen eher küh­les Wet­ter ver­sprechen, werde ich nicht mehr im Zelt schlafen. Es tut mir leid, ich wurde nicht gejagt, außer von stür­mis­chen jun­gen Aut­o­fahrern.

Manch­mal bin ich glück­lich, dass ich nicht alles erlebe: kein Erd­beben, keine explodieren­den Vulka­ne, kein Tsuna­mi und das alles begleit­ete mich nur in mein­er Phan­tasie auf dieser Reise.

Die Makah waren immer Fis­ch­er und han­delte bis Cal­i­fornien hin­unter und hin­auf bis nach Alas­ka, aber auch 2000km den Colum­bia Riv­er hin­auf. Das erin­nert mich an die Indi­an­er in Wis­con­sin, bei denen man Dinge fand, die zeigten, dass sie bis zum Golf von Mexiko han­del­ten. Ich bin immer schon über­rascht gewe­sen über die riesi­gen Dis­tanzen. Aber haben sich Men­schen nicht schon immer so über die ganze Erde ver­bre­it­et? Waren es nicht die Men­schen, die fast über­all hinka­men und dies war ein Grund für ihren Erfolg?

Ich bin hier an dem Ort, wo die großen Totempfäh­le ste­hen. Ich habe gele­sen, dass sie auch bunte Far­ben in ihren Gesichtern hat­ten, aber ich habe keine Bilder davon gese­hen, nur die riesi­gen Masken, die bei rit­uellen Tänzen getra­gen wer­den. Der hier ist der Erste.

Manch­mal brin­gen uns Katas­tro­phen Geschenke für die Zukun­ft wie in Pom­pej. Hier brachte uns eine Schlamm­law­ine ein solch­es Geschenk. Im 18. Jahrhun­dert wurde fast ein ganzes Dorf ver­schüt­tet und war für mehr als 300 Jahre ver­schwun­den, bis es eines Tages wieder aufzu­tauchen begann.

Es zeigte sich unter anderem, dass sie bere­its vor der Ankun­ft der Europäer mit Net­zen fis­cht­en. So kon­nten die Makah einen Prozeß gewin­nen, als die Regierung ihnen das Fis­chen mit Net­zen ver­bi­eten woll­ten, weil sie dacht­en, dass es nicht deren tra­di­tionelle Art des Fis­chens sei. Es war ein Geschenk ihrer Vor­fahren, dieses Dorf wieder auf­tauchen zu lassen und damit diesen Prozeß gewin­nen zu kön­nen..