THIS POST BY RACHEL EDWARDS, SUMMER TEACHING APPRENTICE
The week of tracking and herbal overnight camp at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia included some epic adventures and lots of learning about the ways of the plants and animals.
To learn the art of tracking you must first learn to become the animal you are tracking. We practiced this by doing animal forms. We learned the different gates that each animal family does. Some animals gallop, some bound, some pace, and some scissor walk. Knowing the different gates is key to understanding the tracks you are looking at.
During the week we took some awesome field trips away from our campsite. We were able to spend the day on the beach exploring and digging for shellfish. Digging down to find one is not easy so we didn’t have too many to go back to camp with but the ones we could get were cooked when we got back to camp.
I really enjoyed tasting all the different kinds of seaweed. I love the salty flavor and they’re packed full of minerals for the body.
One of my favorite parts of being at Wolf Camp are all the awesome people to connect and laugh with. All the kids are such fun to be around and many of them have been coming to Wolf Camp for years. It’s great when the kids come more than one week during the summer so you really get to know them.
Tracking the mountain lion was the most epic adventure of the whole week. We took a field trip to the Old Growth Rainforest with hopes to find some good tracking. Patrick, the instuctor, had been dreaming of tracking a mountain lion and had put this intention so strongly out into the universe that it actually happened. I was not expecting to come around the corner of a dry river bed to see fresh, wet blood of an elk dripping off a log. We spent hours moving all over the land in search of the elk or mountain lion but we never found it. Even though we didn’t find either, we still learned so much and got to experience this awesome thrill.