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Mr Fred  SPCA Lock In For Love Donation Page ⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/TR/Lock-InforLove/2017Lock-InforLove?px=1083001&pg=personal&fr_id=2071

🌘 What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous 🌑Thomas Merton 🌒

#moon #mountbaldy

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we're all doomed.
Each one of us, and everything we know, has an expiry date. Our days in this reality are numbered. Nothing is permanent. But don't be sad. This isn't a fact to be lamented. Quite the contrary. When you consider everything astrophysically that has had to take place to put us here, it's actually such a gift to be alive. Here. In this moment. So don't worry about the little shit. And don't worry about the big shit. Just don't worry. It's all going to work out in the end and even if it doesn't, it's going to end anyway. Eventually. So sit back. Enjoy the ride. Hug your friends. Be nice to people. Call your parents. Treat yourself right. Not for any other reason than because you deserve it. You're a miracle after all. A complicated series of coincidences or, perhaps, a product of some divine intervention. Either way, you're doomed. And it's fuckin' magical, so don't waste a minute of it.

The Columbia River Gorge.
It looks like the autumnal colours are dressing the hills of northern Oregon. Sadly, those are the hues left after fire has passed through the conifers. The charred trees stretch all the way east along that ridge. It's nature's way to regenerate forests through burning. Still, that offers little consolation for the initial shock of seeing the wrath of its destruction up close. Of course, my shock as a visitor pales to how it would feel to live here. Or, right now, to live in Santa Rosa or one of the other California cities affected by inferno in the past few days. I've seen those pictures, too. I have no words to make sense of it.

This guy. Never enough of this guy.
#kinsoltrestle #pitbullsofig #pitbull

To-may-to. To-mah-to.
I once read on some random blog something about how the BPA from the lining in cans of store bought tomatoes leads to an increased risk of testicular cancer. It inspired me to grow my own tomatoes, between 24 and 36 plants every year, so I could fill several mason jars with my own homemade sauce. A cost benefit analysis of the canning process alone yields a net loss based just on labour inputs. Since then, I have also become much more skeptical of random health blogs. In the end, I have grown to love the taste of my backyard sunshine everytime I pop the lid on a jar to make a chili or pasta sauce in the middle of winter.
I see no reason to call the whole thing off.

#tomato #tomatoes #homegrown #backyard #harvest

• The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun - Alexander Supertramp •

I found this memorial to Chris McCandless at Salvation Mountain while I was chasing, but not endlessly, changing horizons. He spent time there on his way to Alaska. I think we all have a bit of Chris inside of us even if we don't know who he was. His spirit lives again every time we feel that bliss in the freedom of adventure. Every time we go Into The Wild. This is how we honour all those who adventured before us. By continuing the journey of self discovery.
#intothewild #chrismccandless
#alexandersupertramp #salvationmountain #slabcity

This little dude has brought me immeasurable love and joy in the past nine years. With his love for life, he will probably do it for nine more. None of it would have been possible if it wasn't for the SPCA. As a young pup before he came to me, they rescued him after he had been hit by a car. Hiding under the deck of a house for 3 days, he was emaciated and had a right rear leg that needed to be amputated. They not only nursed him back to health but paid for the amputation surgery. He hasn't skipped a beat since, climbing mountains and swimming seas. We are both eternally grateful to the fine folks at the Nanaimo SPCA.
Today, I will be participating in the SPCA Lock In For Love in honour of my best friend. I will be locked up in a kennel at the local shelter in a fundraising effort for the SPCA. If you have met Skippy, I am sure you know the gift the SPCA has given us. If you are able, please donate what you can to our fundraiser today.
The link to my donation page is in my bio. Thank you.
#spca #lockinforlove #fundraiser #pitbullsofig #pitbullsofinstagram #pibble #pitbull

These are Bhut Jolokai Chocolate. Ghost peppers that will turn brown when ripe. Given to me by the lady at the nursery after I came to the counter with a flat of various other peppers. These little devils are rated with a range of 800 000 and 1 000 000 Scoville Heat Units. Between 125 and 400 times hotter than your average jalapeno. Basically, I have small nuclear bombs growing in my backyard. Apparently, they are only to be handled while wearing gloves and googles. We now affectionately refer to these two as Satan's Testes.
#bhutjolokai #peppers #ghostpepper

I have been to a handful of protests south of the border since November. This one was the annual #maydaymarch in Downtown LA. Usually it's primarily for the labour movement. Due to the situation this year, it was also attended by members of the LGBTQ+ community, Black Lives Matter and pro-immigration groups. On the right in this photo, coincidentally also politically, waving flags and chanting are about 50 Trump supporters. One guy, oblivious to the concept of irony, was dressed like a Roman gladiator with an 'All Lives Matter' sticker on his helmet. Behind me, out of view, are thousands of marchers making their way to a park where the LA mayor, Eric Garcetti, spoke alongside many leaders from the various communities. Large signs hung from either side of the stage set up on the steps of City Hall that read 'Resist'. Things got a little heated between some marchers and the Trumpeters just before this photo was taken. However, nothing more than a few water bottles and some charged language were hurled back and forth.
My awkward smile reflects my feelings about being at these protests. Aware that I am a visitor, an outsider to either side, but confident in my convictions to support the people with whom I believe are justified to be there. Everybody has a right to protest. It just seems some people are actually protesting for their rights while others are protesting simply because it is their right. It's all alright by me.
What's not alright is what happened yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. A woman woke up yesterday morning wanting to exercise her rights and stand up for what she believed in. She did not get to come home last night. Emotions at protests get elevated but from what I have seen this was a cold, calculated act of terrorism. It does nothing more than make me want to go to another protest. To prove that violence never wins and to honour the life that was lost today.

I watched him swim 700 metres across the ocean today. This was after he had already spent 90 minutes in and out of the water. Mostly in. I gave him plenty of opportunities to get on the rented paddle board upon which I accompanied him. He wasn't having any of it. When we got back to the beach, he even swam around the closest point on the boat launch to the sandy part on the side. Finally, standing on the beach, he wasn't even panting. When I tell you that he inspires me, it's because of things like this.
Needless to say, he has been sleeping ever since we got home. Also, another key point of the adoration I hold for him.
#prouddad

Have you ever pondered that on the opposite side of the planet, 12742 km straight through the crust, someone could be standing upside down to you right now? But if you were just 100 kilometres off the Earth's surface, in space, there would be no upside to be down or downside to be up?

Baby Butternut.

There isn't really a greater magic to me than that which happens in the garden. Yes, I know, it is just a microcosm of the greater miracles that nature performs all around us in her cycle every year. My significance seems greater in the garden though. I plant it and water it and feed it. My hands get dirty. The wizardry is that I really don't know what the hell I am doing but somehow a seed turns into a plant. Then, something not just edible, but delicious and nutritious comes to fruition. I mean, I get the biological process with photosynthesis and all that. It just still blows my mind that I plant some shit, then bibbity-bobbity-3 months later and I'm making soup from something in my front yard.
It's just neat. Really fucking neat. Really fucking magically neat.
#garden #butternutsquash #magic #mothernature

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