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Volume 2, Chapter 2: A New Approach

In September, we made a big commitment, sacrifice, and promise, by cutting down dozens of beautiful trees in preparation for an expansion of Ekone's driveway. 
According to County codes (and good sense), we needed to transform our winding single-lane driveway into an approved 20' wide Fire Access Road. 

191 dump truck loads of rock and $129,400 later, we are delighted to present Ekone's shiny new road! 
The good folks at Mountain View Excavating, a deeply local, family-run company, did a beautiful job of a big project.  We're so happy with the graceful curve, the quality construction, and some sweet finishing touches, like boulders placed along the edges.  Many thanks to Eric Rhoades and crew for excellent work and great collaboration! 
Gratitude also for big was a noisy month at the ranch, but WOW would that have been a lot of wheelbarrow loads.
We are humbled by the power and responsibility in our human hands, to shape this sacred earth for what we hope and pray and intend is the greater good.
All that earth had to go there is a fun new horse obstacle in the arena now--a mountain!
Culverts at the creek crossing were extended on both sides, and future school bus drivers will be much pleased at the improvement in this once-harrowing last curve into the ranch.
The site of many VERY STUCK vehicles in Ekone's past, this corner now passes inspection from both the Roads Department and Lola.  (Did we mention how much rock?  SO MUCH ROCK.)
The process of healing the scars has begun, with seeding, mulching, song and dance. 
We're making good on our promise to the trees, with the help of the Woodmizer bandsaw mill that was purchased by Sacred Earth Foundation's first board of directors in 1992, to facilitate building projects and make best use of Ekone's timber. 
Each tree is carefully selected to become gorgeous siding, true-dimension lumber, or live-edge planking. 
And now we're diving right in to the next big project of Saddle Up--the Bunkhouse, where much of this lovely wood will be showcased!  We'll break ground on the Bunkhouse as soon as weather allows in the spring. 
Completing the road is a momentous, gigantic, terrific step along the adventure of Saddle Up!  And we certainly wouldn't have gotten this far without the incredible support of so many generous friends. 

The journey continues!  Stay tuned for more Breaking News in future editions of Straight From the Saddle

Wishing you all smooth, well-rocked roads with excellent drainage and pleasing curves as we go into winter,
The Saddle Up! trail bosses
Did you miss any of the adventure thus far?  Here's a recap:
Chapter 1: The Reason for the Journey
Chapter 2: Where We're Going
Chapter 3: The Trail Map
Chapter 4: Provisioning for the Journey
Chapter 5: Truth-Checking
Chapter 6: The Dusty Trail Behind Us
Chapter 7: How Many Cowpokes Does it Take to Saddle Up?
Chapter 8: Route Scouts
Volume 2, Chapter 1: The Point of No Return

Sacred Earth Foundation stewards 1,133 acres in the upper Rock Creek watershed, and is the home of Ekone Summer Camps and White Eagle Memorial Preserve.  ~
509-773-4536 ~

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