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BRINGING FAMILY TOGETHER FOR 100 YEARS Beef and dairy cattle were a constant on the Ourada Ranch until 2006. Twice-a-year branding required lots of extra help and resulted in a lot of socializing. Without cows, Earl Ourada now hosts “No Cow Day,” so family and friends can gather and tell stories. After exploring the original homestead house, some of Earl’s great-nieces and -nephews race to the top of a hill for the view. “It’s a good place to be,” said Sharon Trent, Earl’s niece. “It feels like love.”
‘WE ALL HAVE IT IN OUR HEARTS’ The Ourada family ranch has endured for generations in the Boise Foothills
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n the early 1900s, Earl Ourada’s young grandfather left Missouri and headed west — to Idaho, where he heard the work was plentiful and the climate mild, and the soil would grow anything. Emmett Stiff found work with the electric power company in Boise, and in 1904, he sent for his young wife and three children. In time, the couple looked at their growing family — there would be nine children eventually, seven living past childhood — and felt the urge to have a place of their own. The Homestead Act made that possible. In 1911, Emmett and Stella
Stiff filed on a homestead in the Boise Foothills, tucked into a rugged valley just south of Stack Rock. They built a home, cleared the land, planted a garden, herded cattle and raised their children, including Earl’s mother. They planted roots that took deeply and firmly — and remain, 102 years later. “You just don’t think about people staying in one place that long anymore,” said Earl’s daughter, Suzanne Dobyns. “My kids are so lucky that they can (still) go back there.” See HOMESTEAD, A14
A LIFE ON THE LAND Except for two years in the service in Korea, Earl Ourada,
81, has farmed the ranch his whole life — and still does, plowing fields and putting up hay. He bought out his parents in 1965 and says he wants to farm as long as he can. He had a brain tumor in 1983. “I’m supposed to be retired, but doctors at the VA say, ‘Don’t sit around in a chair.’ That’s when things start going wrong,” he said.
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He had a knack for soothing soldiers who’d just seen their buddies killed by bombs. He knew how to comfort medics sickened
Army psychologist. He counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq — for nightmares and insomnia, for shock and grief. Linnerooth did such a good job that his Army comrades dubbed
him The Wizard. His “magic” was deceptively simple: an instant rapport with soldiers, an empathetic manner, a big heart. For a year during one of the bloodiest stretches of the Iraq war, Linnerooth met with soldiers 60 to 70 hours a week. Sometimes he’d hop on helicopters or join See VETERAN, A10
Can Idaho manage public lands better than the feds? Some are afraid lawmakers are looking only at grazing and logging, ignoring uses for outdoor recreation. BY ROCKY BARKER firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
Chris Haunold shakes his head as he watches the Legislature push for a bill demanding that the U.S. government transfer ownership of the land it controls to the state. The owner of Idaho Mountain
Touring in Boise is a member of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council. He said “it’s crazy” hearing lawmakers talk about how they think the state will manage the land better. “They don’t see the big picture,” Haunold said. The big picture, from his standpoint, is not that logging and grazing are bad, but that Idaho’s recreation industry, now a potent economic force, is tied directly to
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SELF-SUFFICIENT Farming is simply what Earl does. He’s given up turkeys and cows, but said, “I’ll keep the chickens as long as I can.” Suzanne Dobyns, one of Earl’s 10 children, is proud of
her dad. “After the ranch was paid off, the ranch was never in debt,” she said. “My parents are amazing. I could never figure out how they did it. You sold the hay — that paid the doctor bills. We grew all our food, there was always hamburger. Dad and the boys hunted, so we ate a lot of venison. We were definitely poor. ... We didn’t go into debt, but we didn’t make a lot of money.”
GENUINE FREE-RANGE EGGS The Ouradas have been selling eggs to the Boise Co-op since the 1970s. Three times a week, Earl drives his eggs to town. “He’s been a huge staple,” said Robert Peel at the Co-op. “We get people who will wait for hours.”
HOMESTEAD FLOCK TOGETHER There’s a family photo taken at the Century Farm celebration with everyone present — except Earl. He had to go take care of the chickens. Twice a day, every day, for as long as he can remember, Earl tends to his flock of — well, he’s not sure how many chickens. “They’re hard to count,” he pointed out. He buys 400 or 500 chicks every spring, but loses quite a few to eagles and coyotes. He sells eggs as free-range: “To raise them and advertise, you’ve got to let them run.”
A FAMILY FARM THAT STRESSES FAMILY
Earl grumbles over an agriculture census form. Earl sold the ranch to his son, which “is very important to the rest of the family.” Steven Ourada agreed. “You can’t make any money farming up there. There’s no water, the soil’s not that great; it’s never going to be a great farming area,” he said. “I wonder why my grandparents homesteaded there. Probably for the view.” But he loves coming home — and likes that his kids can come there, and theirs in turn. “(The farm has) been in my family since Day One. I want it to stay in the family.”
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Acknowledging the early settlers who pioneered the state’s agriculture, the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture honor farms and ranches that have been owned and farmed continuously by the same family for 100 years or more. In Ada County, five Century Farms have been honored. Not all have survived. The Wroten Farm, founded in 1875 along the Boise River at Eagle Road, is now subdivisions. Two farms founded by Angus Hill in 1891 at Eagle and Amity roads, plus the Ourada Ranch at the end of Cartwright Road, remain. The fate of the fifth is unknown. The Ourada Ranch passed through the generations. Earl bought it from his parents, and has since sold it to his son, Steven Ourada. A civil engineer in California, Steven comes for two weeks every year to help with haying. Earl still lives on the ranch, raising chickens and hay. “There is such a love for the
ranch in our family,” said Dobyns, Steven’s sister. “Even the ones who moved off of it, there’s such a love for it. We all have it in our hearts.”
Although the family begins the story with the Stiffs, another branch begins with five Ourada brothers, who came from Czechoslovakia by way of Minnesota to homestead in the Boise Valley, near the Stiff farm. The youngest, Matthias — called Mike — caught the eye of the eldest Stiff daughter, Gladys. After they married on June 4, 1917, Mike and Gladys acquired 200 acres adjoining the Stiffs, which would eventually be combined into one 800-acre ranch in 1939. The family still affectionately calls those 200 acres “the other place.” Mike and Gladys had 12 children. Their youngest son, Earl, born in 1931, would be the next generation to continue the Ourada Ranch. He and his wife, Kathy, raised another crop of 10 Ourada children. (They divorced in the 1980s.) “I spent my childhood milking cows, feeding chickens and hauling hay,” wrote eldest daughter Colleen Lockwood. The
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‘IT’S JUST HOME,’ SAYS EARL The ranch is nine miles from Downtown Boise, and it’s another world — where the only sound is quiet. Earl and his longtime partner, Pat Larson, live simply with their dogs, horses and chickens. “I just hate to go to the Valley,” Earl said. “I take my eggs, go right down and come home.”
THE OLD HOMESTEAD Earl’s grandparents built the original house with lumber from a mill up Shafer Creek. Perseverance kept the Ouradas going, said Suzanne Dobyns, one of Earl’s daughters. “ ‘Never give up’ was always a motto.” Now vacant, the house is still a magnet for family when they come back to visit and remember. SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE OURADA RANCH 8 IdahoStatesman.com/photogalleries Æ Learn more about Idaho Century Farms and other awards
‘I TAKE IT AS IT COMES’ The view from Ourada Ranch now includes the homes in and around Hidden Springs, which was once all farmland. A dryland farmer, Earl prepares his hay fields in the fall. “Bad hay year last year. The weather didn’t cooperate,” he said.
Æ Read about Angus Hill’s Century Farm Æ Read stories about the Stiff family history and ranch life in a book by Dorothy Stiff Wyman (Earl Ourada’s sister), called “Light Upon the Mountain,” at the Boise Public Library
family supported a milk-and-egg delivery route in town, and also sold chickens and turkeys. The boys played football at Capital High School, and Dobyns maintains that there wasn’t a coach who didn’t buy turkeys from her father. Others throughout the Valley remember the turkeys, too, which Earl gave up around 2008. “There’s lots of different ways the whole Boise Valley benefited from the ranch being there,” said Dobyns. The Century Farm designation means “that people have sunk their heart and soul into that area,” said Kelley Phipps, Earl’s niece. “It’s a little sad that there are not a lot of Ouradas left in the Valley. But there is a lot of Ourada legacy. “I appreciate the fact that Uncle Earl was able to sell to Steven, because there will always be a place I can take my kids and they’ll know it’s a part of their heritage. And they can talk with their children, too. ... It’s just a piece of my heart.” Katherine Jones: 377-6414
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A HOME FOR ALL THE FAMILY “No Cow Day” is a good excuse for Mary Phipps, 15, Earl’s great-niece, to get together with her cousins. Her father is a civil engineer and Mary has lived all over the world. “It’s been a ridiculously amazing experience ... (but) I don’t have that little home piece,” she said. “What the ranch provides is comfortability. It has a sense of home.” Said Earl: “(The ranch) is just home to so many people. Even my cousins consider it their second home, they all spent so much time up here.”
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AUTUMNUPCLOSE Your next fall color photo safari may be hidden in your own backyard
he parade has arrived. One of nature’s best seasonal displays has begun, and it’s time to enjoy the show with a weekend road trip, a walk through the park, or simply by slowing down enough to appreciate nature’s wonderful transition from summer green to the dazzling crimson and gold of autumn. Your fall color photographic safari may be closer than you think. Cameras with a close-focusing macro lens can provide just as much fun in your own backyard as traveling to faraway locations. Many smartphone cameras have surprising close-up capabilities, so it’s worth taking some time to explore autumn on a smaller scale.
If your camera is equipped, use the depth-of-field preview button to get a better idea of what’s happening in the frame. Using a small aperture like f16 will bring the background closer into focus. A wide aperture like f2.8 will blur the background and bring more attention to your foreground subject. Photo column Æ Focusing is critical and requires more care at the macro scale. It’s often DARIN OSWALD email@example.com better to turn off auto focusing, set the focus to its closest setting, and move the Using a macro lens can be challengcamera to-and-fro to get a sharp image. ing, so here are a few tips and consideraÆ Lighting can be tricky, so be aware tions: of the shadow you may be casting on Æ Depth of field, or how much will be your subject by being so close. A flash in focus front to back, is greatly exagger- can easily overpower your photo at ated with a macro or close-focusing lens. such close range, so consider
alternatives if you don’t have more advanced flash resources. Try looking at a leaf that is backlit by the sun, and you may find the color and contrast to be more vibrant. Æ Patience is a must. It takes more time to get a good photo in the macro world. Focusing can be difficult when hand holding your camera, so use a tripod when it’s feasible. Even a light breeze can be frustrating at this scale, so just breathe steady and wait for the right moment. © 2013 Idaho Statesman
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Magic tour includes new Boise resident The shortcut from hell Magician Farrell Dillon, right, who moved to Boise recently, is one of the main performers on the “Masters of Illusions Live!” tour, which hits CenturyLink Arena on Tuesday.
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arrell Dillon is a funny, highenergy illusionist and an honors graduate of the long-running Chavez School of Magic. But even he can’t wave a hand and make Mystique dinner theater reappear. The magicthemed eatery, which opened in 2010 near the Boise Spectrum, went poof after a year. “It was a fun place to work,” remembers Dillon, 28, who met his girlfriend there and wound
up relocating to Boise from California about a year ago. Dillon will have a chance to wow his new hometown on a large scale when the “Masters of Illusion Live!” tour visits CenturyLink Arena on Tuesday.
The performance, which features a cast of 25, includes several stars from the “Masters of Illusion” TV show, including Dillon. It’s Halloween-themed and will See DEEDS, L13
ou’ll save at least an hour if you go over White Pass,” a relative said in the voice of a spider to a fly. “We know because we’ve done it. At least an hour. Guaranteed!” The conversation took place over dinner in Pendleton, Ore., where we’d driven that afternoon en route to the family cabin in western Washington. We’d made the drive countless times through Portland, but our well-traveled relative assured us that his shortcut over White Pass would have us there the next day in time to catch and cook lunch. “It’s a good road and an easy drive,” he said. “A lot prettier than going through Portland, and compared to the pass we just came over (the Blue Mountains between Pendleton and La Grande), it’s nothing.” A fringe benefit was that the route would take us through
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Prosser, Wash., the hometown of former BSU football star Kellen Moore. “Wouldn’t it be fun to see where Kellen lived?” my wife said in the tone wives use to entice husbands into doing things against their better judgment. “I’ll bet they have pictures of him all over town.” They did. Prosser is clearly proud of its hometown hero. We See WOODWARD, L13
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A rafter runs an AIRE Wave Destroyer 12 through Ladle Rapids on the Selway River in a past trip.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? With the right kind of inflatable raft or kayak, you can continue running rivers in low water
through the rapids in one piece. If I had been running a larger raft, I would have been getting out and pushing and pulling The rapids on the Selway River during a over shallow spots and getting hung up on low-water August run looked like a giant boulders. pinball machine. That’s when I really discovered the joys It was a flowing puzzle, and in a matter of low-water rafting with the right size of minutes my small inflatable raft bounced craft. off granite boulders and ricocheted across It’s already shaping up to be a low-water narrow channels. summer because of low snowpack. Some The raft blooped over tiny waterfalls and rivers, which should be raging right now, zoomed through tight channels as it have flows at half of what they would nordropped through the rapids. mally be in June. I won the game, I guess, because I got By late summer, flows will be trickling BY PETE ZIMOWSKY firstname.lastname@example.org © 2013 Idaho Statesman
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down rivers. But, there won’t be any complaints from whitewater boaters who run the right-sized inflatables for low-water conditions. With today’s smaller, more maneuverable rafts, catarafts and fishing cats, and an assortment of inflatable kayaks, river runners can laugh at low-water and just have fun in the rock gardens. In many cases, running low water with its rocks, riffles and tight, curvy runs can be more challenging and rewarding than highwater boating. Shredding rock gardens takes finesse
What: This is the “sports car” of NRS’s cataraft line. It is highly maneuverable in narrow, rocky streams and stable in the big water. It’s designed for playing in whitewater, or hauling gear within its 25-inch tubes. It’s considered a mid-size river cat designed for performance, agility and stability. With an adaptable NRS frame system, the cataraft can be set up for day trips or multi-day trips. Cost: $2,195 (without frame); see nrsweb.com for information and to find an NRS dealer.
An oarsman takes a Super Puma through a rock garden on a past Selway River trip.
What: The Maravia Spider is quick and nimble and considered a good raft for low water and fishing. It can be set up for paddling or rowing. With a tapering tube design and narrow width, the Spider can slip down low-water rapids, punch waves or line up for the tightest of slot runs. An oar frame will work for two or three people and a small amount of gear, or it can be paddled by two to six people. The raft is 13 feet and 5 feet, 9 inches wide. It has 20.5-inch to 14-inch diameter tapering tubes. Cost: $4,195 with two thwarts. See cascadeout fitters.com.
and smaller inflatables give you an edge. “A good low-water craft has a shallow draft and is tough enough to shrug off the inevitable contact with rocks,” says Clyde Nicely, with NRS (Northwest River Supply) in Moscow. “That’s why inflatables are great for low water. They’ll bounce off obstacles where a rigid hull will dent, crack or stick,” he said. We went to three major raft companies and asked for some of their most favorite low-water craft.
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AIRE SUPER PUMA
What: This boat is one of AIRE’s favorites and makes a perfect whitewater paddle boat or a rowing rig for two people and gear. The Super Puma’s continuous smooth bottom makes it handle like a kayak or a slick-hulled drift boat. It’s equally adept at surfing or holding still above a fishing hole. The narrow width allows the rafts to descend smaller rivers, lower water and creeks better than more conventional sized rafts. It is 13 feet, 1 inch long, 5 feet, 8 inches wide and has 18.5inch diameter tubes. Cost:$3,480 with two thwarts. See Idaho River Sports in Boise or Cascade Outfitters in Garden City. MORE BOATS ON 03
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Q: I read that flows in the South Fork of the Boise River were to remain at 1,600 cfs into August. I was told that after irrigation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is managing Lucky Peak Reservoir as a priority for recreation, thus sacrificing Anderson Ranch and Arrowrock reservoirs. I am concerned about this strategy and will contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Bureau of Reclamation. It’s a bad idea for many reasons: Æ Higher temps in a lower reservoir in August would be harmful to the trout fishery below the dam. Æ It would cause real problems next year should we have another bad water year. Æ The higher water tempera-
tures in the reservoir could cause fish kills there. Æ A large drawdown of Anderson Ranch Reservoir could make it difficult for kokanee and bull trout to enter the upper South Fork. This seems like a pretty big issue to me — fish vs. water skiing.
Lucky Peak, 97 percent. In good water years, they’d be full this time of year and stay that way for a while. I went to Brian Sauer, a hydrologist with the Bureau of Reclamation with your question. “We’re drafting Anderson Ranch earlier this year because ERIC ODEN, email we need the water,” he said. “We could wait until later and make A: With last winter’s snowpack much higher releases, but the at 71 percent of normal in the higher flows would impact fishing Boise River Basin, I don’t envy and floating on the South Fork, water managers trying to balance and also reduce our overall hythis year’s dismal water supply to dropower production at Andersatisfy irrigation demands, anglers son Ranch.” and boaters and the needs of fish Sauer said Anderson Ranch is and wildlife. the agency’s largest reservoir in The last I checked, Arrowrock the basin, but it’s also the hardest Reservoir was 55 percent full, to refill. Anderson Ranch, 69 percent and The South Fork usually doesn’t
produce as much water as the Middle Fork, he said, so the agency only drafts it when they have to in dry years like this. “We don’t want to pull Arrowrock down too far either,” he said. Arrowrock Reservoir also has bull trout, so water levels and temps are a concern there as well. As for Lucky Peak Reservoir, Sauer said, recreation also will take a hit because water managers See ASK ZIMO, O3
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Idaho Statesman outdoor writer Pete Zimowsky lines up his small raft on a tight low-water run on a past Selway River trip.
AIRE WAVE DESTROYER 12
What: The AIRE Wave Destroyer 12 is a cataraft that changes local Class III–IV sections of whitewater into a playground. It is light, sporty and perfect for day trips, low water, light overnighters and technical rivers. It’s 12 feet long and has 22inch diameter tubes. Cost: $2,118 (without frame); Idaho River Sports or Cascade Outfitters.
NRS CLEARWATER DRIFTER BOAT
What: The company calls it the world’s first inflatable drift boat. It’s drop-stitch technology creates a tough, rigid hull that can fold up and store in a closet. The boat can handle two anglers in addition to the rower. With its shallow draft and self-bailing design it’s designed for lowwater runs for fishing. It only drafts 3 to 4 inches with three people and a cooler. Cost: $5,995, see nrsweb.com.
AIRE TRIBUTARY TOMCAT
NRS OUTLAW II INFLATABLE KAYAK
What: The inflatable kayak can be paddled by two people, or used by one person to do a self-support river trip. It features a removable drop-stitch floor that inflates rock-hard for wave-punching performance and increased stability. The 16-inch rocker height helps the Outlaw II climb over waves, while its 10.5-inch tubes and 4-inch self-bailing floor provide plenty of flotation. Cost: $745; see nrsweb.com.
What: The Tomcat Solo offers both stability and reliability for beginner paddlers. The stable design can handle thrilling whitewater, lightweight overnight trips and shallow rivers. Cost: $650; at Idaho River Sports or Cascade Outfitters.
MARAVIA NEW WAVE 2
What: It’s designed for fishing or as a low-water craft with its 13foot, 6-inch length, 6-foot, 3-inch width and 18.5-inch tube diameter. The New Wave 2 works for six to seven paddlers or for three people and gear on oar trips. Cost: $4,949 with two thwarts; see cascadeoutfitters.com.
What: The Diablo was created with smaller tubes that allow for a lower profile in wind, to punch waves easily and for extra room in the bow and stern for gear and people. It’s a good size for paddling or rowing. As a paddle boat it can hold up to seven people or as an oar boat, three to four, depending on the amount of cargo. It’s 14 feet long and 6 feet, 3 inches wide with a 20- to 16-inch diminishing tube diameter. Cost: $5,395 with two thwarts; see cascadeoutfitters.com.
floating the Weiser River. I’ve read your articles CONTINUED FROM O1 and watched your video of the day trip you took a year will probably begin drafting or two ago. I know that the it fairly quickly in mid- to maintained trail runs along late-July to meet downthe stretch that you floated stream water demands. and that there are some picSauer said that because of nic and restroom stops. the dry winter and spring, The question I have for the Boise River Basin reser- you was whether there are voirs are filling to the lowest any good camping spots reservoir levels during along the way, that a group spring since 2001. of 10 or so could use for the It’s going to be a tough night? water season. We’re already We are mostly just wantlosing Little Camas Resering to get away and camp, voir for fishing. the rafting is just a bonus. We never did have a deI’ve looked for maps of cent float season on the the area and haven’t been Owyhee River, and the able to find one. Any help Bruneau River wasn’t much would be appreciated. better. SHAD DURFEE, email
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Q: I’ve been rafting for about 10 years now and have done almost every permitted river in Idaho. Last spring, my buddies and I rafted the Owyhee, which was a great experience. Not wanting to take any time off work this spring, we’ve decided to try
A: The 22-mile stretch of Weiser River through the canyon between Midvale and Galloway Dam had an earlier season this year. Flows came up this spring and the river was running pretty good all of April and May. It quickly dropped to around 600 cfs this week, which is too low
for small rafts. During some years in June the river could still be running 3,000 to 4,000 cfs. I imagine you can still do it in an inflatable kayak, but it would be a slow and long self-support trip. If you’re going to do it next year during higher flows, here’s the scoop on camping. There’s a small picnic and camping area about halfway down the river, which has a porta potty. It’s at Thousand Springs Creek (milepost 21.7). My thought is that if you’re going to float this section, you might want to take a portable river toilet. That way you can camp any place you find suitable, as long as it’s on the west side of the river where the Weiser River Trail is located. In a pinch, you could set up tents right on the trail, which is a dirt road, as long as you leave space for trail users. Don’t camp on private land. © 2013 Idaho Statesman
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HEY ZIMO! IDEAS FROM READERS UNPREPARED HIKERS
Hey Zimo! When I do day hikes here in the Boise Foothills or in the mountains elsewhere I am constantly amazed to see how unprepared other hikers are. They are miles from the trailhead, carrying only a bottle of water, if that, with no extra clothing for weather protection. They are gambling with Mother Nature. That one percent chance of
bad luck can kill the unprepared. Carrying a light pack with the basic essentials can make all the difference.
Æ Extra clothing. Æ Headlamp or flashlight. Æ First-aid supplies. Æ Fire starter (waterproof matches, lighter DWIGHT ALLEN, email and candles). Æ Some repair supplies Zimo note: Here’s a list and knife or Leathermanof the 10 essentials to style tool. have in your day pack Æ Extra food. from REI: Æ Extra water. Æ Map and compass. Æ Emergency shelter GPS helps. like a lightweight tarp or Æ Sun protection (sun- space blanket. glasses and sunscreen).
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