NEW (03/14/23) Updated beginning with 1st COMEBACK VIDEO IN 2013 & 2nd COMEBACK VIDEO in SLATE CANYON & BYU SMITH FIELDHOUSE>> EMPHASIS ON SURVIVAL & HEALTH……FREE downloads>THE MAYAN’S NUTRITIONAL SECRET to SURVIVAL>WHY REVEAL MY WEAKNESSES & BRAG ABOUT EMBARRASSING EFFORTS?>The UINTA PROJECT FROM 2003: 2,000+ MILES of BACKPACKING, EXPLORING & BOOK in 2017>At 84 in 2020: UNABLE TO WALK>SEVERAL MINI-STROKES & more > YET in 2022 A HIKE IN THE UINTAS>then A TEXAS SIZED GLITCH> weak, lost balance>NOT GIVE IN>THANKS TO THE LORD & MY GUARDIAN ANGEL>WHY GUARDIAN ANGELS???>> Finally in 2023 the the MAYA MOUNTAINS BOOK!

THIS POST IS SIMILAR TO THE LAST ONE, BUT WITH SOME INSERTS, LIKE THE VIDEOS BELOW, AS WELL AS EDITS & CORRECTIONS FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING & IS WORTH GOING THROUGH AGAIN.

TO SEE THIS VIDEO CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW:

WHICH INCLUDES MY EFFORTS IN WINTER IN THE BYU SMITH FIELDHOUSE with great companions!!!!

SHE WAS DOING HER DARNDEST TO CATCH ME!!!!

If you’ve watched the above videos, you’ll have noticed that at least 20 of my YouTube videos are pictured there……that maybe you’ve already been tempted to click on, and there are more you can search for.

EVERYTHING REVEALED IN MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOKS. With the hope all interested will ENJOY MORE THE WONDERMENT OF THE EARTH and SAVE LIVES!

Until now, you couldn’t get this 31 page writing without buying the online book for $20, BUT  IT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL INTERESTED…..

FREE! Just click on the following:

THE ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE: Why, What & How?

I REVIEW MY HIGH UINTAS PROJECT FULL OF GLITCHES & SOLUTIONS….WORTH GOING THRU AGAIN AS THERE ARE CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD…..like:

This writing, on pages 31 and 32 describes FREE NUTRITION….from what generally are considered “WEEDS,” first, DANDELIONS (“diente de leon”) and then PURSLANE (“verdolaga”), DANDELION I call “the Spinach of the Weed World.”

Back when I wrote it, I hadn’t discovered yet here in the U.S. “MACUY,” nor recognized yet “BLEDO” or Amaranth…..two plants so important to the Ancient Mayans that the Spanish conquerors attempted to prohibit their use. One of these days I’ll update the writing which does deal with:

DANDELIONS or “DIENTE DE LEON”

DANDELIONS are the first to be ready to harvest in the Spring, and the last in the Fall, but are hated by ALMOST everybody, so soon the lawns where they get needed water are poisoned as this fellow is doing, and the vacant lots not getting watered, have the dandelions going dormant, so I BEGAN PLANTING PLOTS OF DANDELIONS in my garden, and lived on them, along with “Verdolaga” or Purslane, but…..

…the wild domesticated rabbits in our area were multiplying and quickly discovered my patches of watered dandelions and so during the summer of 2022 I DIDN’T HARVEST ANY DANDELIONS, the rabbits kept them mowed down like a lawn.

The cottontails also multiplied and soon followed the others in mowing down my dandelions……at the very time when I planted plots of MACUY, that then seeded themselves along with the BLEDO, so my chore became one of thinning them and controling them for better production.

The rabbits also eat VERDOLAGA or PURSLANE, as well as the others, but only prevented harvesting Dandelions. My watered and pampered weeds have our rabbits on the increase & too cute to harvest!

MACUY in the foreground, and mixed in and in the background stalks of BLEDO or AMARANTH now in the stage of producing sprouts each with spears of seeds that I harvest all together, even with at times woody stems, but no problem since they are blanched, then blended into a smoothie.

Below we see “BLEDO” or “AMARANTH” — the weed in our gardens we have all tried to eliminate, but it just keeps on bugging us, until like me–remembering my Guatemalan experience eating and liking it–which had me recently doing a little research and remembering it was sacred to the Mayans, even it’s seed considered a psuedo-grain extremely nuturitious….

After the initial harvest of leaves, I let it keep growing with sprouts along the stem that I harvest all summer along with the seeds.

As we see below, I don’t have to dig up the garden area anymore, except to bury egg shells, banana peels, etc. from the kitchen as fertilizer, and don’t have to actually plant anything. Each stake is where I have burried some great kitchen waste. All the containers are full of stuff accumulated during the winter when the ground is frozen, and will be burried when the ground thaws and mud gone so I can prepare lots of spots where my MACUY, BLEDO, and VERDOLAGA will grow incredibly well and…..

….. feed me with all the greens I need to replace expensive broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, swiss chard. beet greens, celery, cucumbers, etc. I need for a healthy diet. I will have a couple of tomato plants, and only have to buy during the year inexpensive CARROTS & FRUITS.

All of the weeds we are dealing with seed themselves–always so thick that my only chore is one of quickly thinning with my heart shaped hoe leaving clumps of MACUY and BLEDO–for better production, that from my small plot alongside my tiny Cabin-A home I produce my morning meal 365 days a year!

So every now and then during the summer I harvest a pot full, then blanch to disinfect, then freeze in shopping bags, each bag being a week to 10 days of smoothies–and have enough to last all winter and spring until the next harvest. By the end of the 2022 harvest in October I had 34 bags of processed weeds enough to last me until mid-summer when the new harvest will begin and continue about 3-4 months.

So, along with MACUY, another edible weed from Guatemala, mentioned at the end of the now FREE WRITING–I now let all of them have their way–taking over my garden and feeding me every morning throughout the year with a SMOOTHIE –with a few other things added, like a half banana, a carrot. an egg or two, fruit juice, red beet powder, etc.

In other writings I give credit to MACUY & BLEDO for having SAVED THE MAYANS, making their deficient diet of corn & beans– a BALANCED DIET

ANOTHER OF MY IMPORTANT WRITINGS NOW SEPARATED FROM THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE….

………..actually my AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR 0-22 YEARS–which laid the FOUNDATION FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE–and became PART 1 of my MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA BOOK, I have also separated the edited and improved version of the 80 page writing which has other SECRETS FOR SUCCESS….at least SECRETS FOR MY LIFE, some of which might be helpful to you–at least interesting for some of you, and my family, but you see below the front page…….and below it a link to download it to your computer……

To download the 80 page writing, click on the following link:  

Part 1: 0-22 years  THE VISION QUESTA Checkered Faith & Works Journey

INCLUDING some details on page 41 of THE EXPERIENCE AT 16 THAT GOT IT ALL STARTED…..

THE MIRACLE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER — HAPPENED ONE NIGHT in Provo, Utah WHEN DRIVING MY BELOVED 1939 PLYMOUTH–the only car I was permitted to touch.

It was one night when 16 years old–with a NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE that (NDE) SAVED MY LIFE & it was REVEALED TO WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DEDICATE MYSELF TO!

Several have reported my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book & my stories and example SAVED THEIR LIFE! — My MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA book tells about how my family & Guatemalan Foundation friends SAVED THOUSANDS AMONG THE MAYA! —

SO ALL WORTH EMBARRASSING MYSELF REVEALING MY PROBLEMS & WEAKNESSES>>>SHOWING ALSO LIFE SAVING SOLUTIONS!

My main strategy in life was to….

TRUST IN THE LORD, NOT GIVE UP, NOR GIVE IN…..EASILY & SAVE LIVES!

“MICKEY MOUSE” ….TINY “COMEBACK” EFFORTS REVEALED TO SAVE LIVES! .…..& SEVERAL HAVE THANKED ME FOR SAVING THEIRS! …..so more than worth embarrassing myself!

IT WAS DURING A BLIZZARD…..BUT I WAS TOO BUSY TRYING TO SURVIVE MULTIPLE EMERGENCIES TO TAKE PHOTOS THEN BUT IT WAS ON THIS 12,125 foot pass.

SAVED on East Fork Pass BY SATELLITE PHONE CALL TO BUDDY RUSS SMITH at SKYCALL COMMUNICATIONS!

There are more than 20 YouTube VIDEOS reviewing my efforts, & SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES.…..at the end of the videos at the beginning of this post, you will see many others of my videos….you maybe have already watched some of them . Others can be found going to YouTube.com and then search for: Cordell Andersen Videos, or Cordell Andersen Comeback videos and you’ll find them mixed in with other videos …..

ALL OF MY 8 SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES ARE DETAILED IN MY HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK, as well as OTHER FAMOUS SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES THAT FAILED….& WHY?

SINCE MY BOOK WAS PUBLISHED ONLINE ONLY ONE BACKPACKER HAS DIED IN THE UINTAS…..and HE DIDN’T HAVE MY BOOK!

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RECENT EXPERIENCE FOR SURVIVAL BEING:

My life from 2 1/2 years ago being unable to walk……followed by months of exercises in bed forcing my dead leg to wake up, then to shopping carts at stores, to a walker, and finally with help from my infant GUARDIAN ANGEL, learned to take baby steps again…...WHY DO I BELIEVE SUCH…revealed in a moment.

Then using a walker…..I FINALLY BEAT THE KENYANS in THE COBAN INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON in Guatemala....in a dream….Then all pumped up by that, actually doing a HALF-MARATHON from American Fork to Alpine and back.…using the walker!

Admittedly I must have not looked too good as motorists were calling 911 and Policemen sent to rescue me……then two beautiful young ladies stopped to save me….and I narrowly missed a LOVE KIDNAPPING!

All the while at that time…and continuing today….working to solve a FAILED “NASAL TURBINATE REDUCTION SURGERY”…..causing BREATHING & MUCUS CONGESTION PROBLEMS. Turbinates are thin plates inside on both sides of the nose. If caused to swell breathing can be obstructed, with increased drainage of mucus causing congestion and wheezing in the throat. I have struggled with that problem since returning to the U.S. from my many years in Guatemala. One reduction surgery about 12 years ago helped for 2 years or so, then it returned. Then I found an effective inhaler permitting me to sleep well–but it’s ingredient–Oxymetazoline HCI–caused the turbinates to swell even more, but gave me short-term immediate congestion relief, however created a dependancy and began my high blood pressure problems! Another surgery about 18 months ago failed, and has got worse than ever with worsening ERRATIC BLOOD PRESSURE, etc., etc. with all sorts of interesting physical & mental problems of real old guys…in one month (April) to be in my 88th year!

Having been a Medical Specialist & instructor in the Army, and knowing how to use a Blood Pressure cuff has made possible understanding that issue–when & why it happens, and how to manage it, WHICH I BELIEVE HAS SAVED MY LIFE MANY TIMES!

NOTE: I believe all should get such a cuff and learn how to use it, as well as for backpackers, have an Oximeter to manage High Altitude Sickness.

All of that, plus CANCER after the 1st summer of my High Uintas Project..…followed up to 2020 by 15 surgeries to remove, repair, or replace with titanium what was possible–all on top of my first mini-stroke in 1985, and another in 2020, all slowing me down a bit, but a lot of me was still capable of working pretty good–SO I KEEP MOVING & SOLVING EACH PROBLEM AS IT ARISES–others of course laughed at me calling me a RODEO CLOWN, a CRAZY DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA and worse...but I embraced the funny ones having a good laugh or two at myself and WENT TO WORK….

….. used Fitness Center, and STAIRS–in several places for winter , & then FOOTHILLS…..and after a lot of effort reported here…….

…..FINALLY AT THE END OF THE 2022 SEASON DID A HIKE IN THE UINTAS using trekking poles and only one 5 lb. pack on my back–as my misaligned spine can’t bear the weight of a regular pack, the rest of my gear in waist packs, including a large “Lumbar waist pack” you see on my lower back or butt!

Then in December 2022, after a Christmas in Texas with family as reported in my last post–scroll down to see it, but we all returned with some kind of strange sickness that had a couple of us laid up for a month, with me no fever, but multiplied nasal/throat mucus and congestion. I finally came out of it but incredibly weak and nearly losing all of my balance….but too much of me was still working pretty good, so…I HAD TO GO TO WORK…AGAIN, and EXERCISE but with the cold weather I had to do more than push a shopping cart around inside of Walmarts –which I do going around the store a couple of times….or parking lot if good weather>>>>so….

…. I found 3 flights of stairs at the Revere Health Clinic where I could…..go TO WORK AGAIN the first time or two getting out of breath and needing to rest after just one lap of the 52 steps…..BUT PERSISTED….NOT ACCEPTING DEFEAT!

……and just in the last few days with weather above freezing for a few hours every day…..back to the outdoor stairs with help from my little buddy GUARDIAN ANGEL, and making surprising progress that for a while I wondered if it would ever happen again !!!!

A big part of this was solving the constant mucus congestion and wheezing making sleep almost impossible. Before the “strange Texas sickness” I had learned that only one medicine loosened the mucus and made productive coughing, that being Guaifenesin in 600 mg or 1200 mg, but quite expensive to be taking several times every day–for this “Young Ruler” who took the Lord serously in the BIBLE parable and ended up with only half of what normal people get for Social Security for not having paid into the system for all my years in Guatemala–especially before sleeping. But I found it as seen below at DOLLAR TREE now with inflation up to $1.25 per 15 tablets of 400 mg. tablets. Then happy to find the exact same medicine at WALMARTS as seen below at .88 cents per bottle. Usually during the day taking just one tablet was enough, but before retiring needing to take 3 tablets, equal to one 1200 mg tablet of MUCINEX. Still a great savings, and very effective, making the cost only about .30 cents per day!

But, for that to be effective, I also had to start doing a SINUS RINSE …..

….. at least once or twice during the day, and 15 minutes before retiring, followed by taking 3 tablets of the above medication– Guaifenesin— MUCUS RELIEF . The 3rd part of the formula that made it all work, was an inhaler–the one with Oxymetazoline HCI being incredibly effective, but it had a warning for people with heart problems–and previously using it for years and years likely helped create my heart problems, so reduced using it to only one spray in each nostril, while finding a combination of two that gave me almost the same results (mainly Budesonide Nasal Spray from WM’s)……..

…….PRODUCING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS CLEAR BREATHING AT NIGHT & NO WHEEZING!

ALSO, WHEN THE WEATHER ONCE IN A WHILE WARMS A BIT…..BACK TO THE TIMPANOGOS FOOTHILLS….which always feels so much better than the stairs, and helps a lot….like–ONLY– on February 18th:

But, now on February 22 we awoke with snow, so for a while…..

BACK TO THE OUTDOOR STAIRS….or INDOOR CLINIC.

… with help from my little GUARDIAN ANGEL, and quite miraculously quickly gaining the strength I had lost, as well as some of my balance!

After a day or two of help from my GUARDIAN ANGEL, I kept it up all by myself increasing a few laps or repetitions every day, but my memory hasn’t been helped by my little friend–apparently Guardian Angels aren’t perfect….yet, and I sometimes lose track of how many I’ve done….so to not do less, or more than I should each day, I started keeping track with the colorful rocks I like so much.

So, today February 10th, I did 15 STONES–or repetitions, but NOW using just 5 rocks, then moving them forward or backwards and only forcing my mind to remember 1 set, 2 sets, or 3 sets which I did today, and then moving the 5 rocks off to the side so no one would trip on them. I must say I felt great…..great, compared to just two weeks ago when at the Clinic stairs 1 repetition had me out of breath and needing a hand-up from my little friend, but he refused and gave me the message I had to push myself and learn to do it alone–AND ITS BEEN WORKING, thanks to him, and the Lord!

GUARDIAN ANGELS UNDER SUSPICION!

I suspect that some of you are doubting my stories about my infant Guardian Angel, and I’ll have to admit not actually seeing him....yet, and have neglected to ask him his name……but now a few days later learned his name is ….surprise, surprise–TED–so now I have two cherished friends named TED! But for those who haven’t read my MAYA BOOK, let me tell you my experience:

In 1975 I helped Janie Thompson, and the BYU PROGRAM BUREAU plan for the LAMANITE GENERATION–a group of Native American student singers & dancers– a tour of Latin America, which included in our remote area of Guatemala an outdoor performance on our Paradise Valley Plantation, then known as THE CID: A Center for Indian Development, and another in the colonial city of Coban.

In the clean-up work a couple of days later our precious little 2 year old Michelle, we lovingly called “Pepita,” was tragically killed in an accident related to the clean-up. You can read all the details of the tragedy in my MAYA BOOK, pages 125 and 293.

Sometime later I had to make a trip to Guatemala City and alone left early before sun-up. A while later as the day was dawning I became drousy and went to sleep, my pickup veering off the road headed for a deep ravine……when all of a sudden A SLAP ON MY FACE awakened me in time to save me from what likely would have ended my life-long work among the Mayans.

I LITERALLY HEARD THE SLAP and FELT THE STINGING ON MY FACE! I was alone, except for someone I couldn’t see who was there to SLAP ME and SAVED MY LIFE!

I FELT STRONG IMPRESSIONS AT THAT MOMENT THAT IT WAS MY “PEPITA” WHO AT LEAST FOR THAT EVENT WAS MY GUARDIAN ANGEL. This was not the last such life saving event in my Mayan Adventure–as it was said we lived from “CRISIS TO CRISES,” and I added, “FROM MIRACLE TO MIRACLE”, and I also had quite a few in my 2,000 miles of High Uinta backpacking Adventure to write that book, and I have since become a strong believer in GUARDIAN ANGELS.

NOW BACK TO 2023

I’M AMAZED AT THE PROGRESS THAT CAN BE MADE BY GETTING RID OF SICKNESS, WITH PROPER NUTRITION & STUBBORN DETERMINATION– FROM ONLY ONE REPETITION A WEEK OR TWO AGO, NOW UP TO 15–and now not being out of breath, nor needing to rest, with better balance and doing a little more each day I’m able to better manage my blood pressure…..that for a while was so out of control I laid down to sleep at night with two nitro glycerine tablets within easy reach, well as a couple of aspirins, and left the door unlocked so Jesse wouldn’t have to break in…..in case of….well you know!

NOW NEW WONDERFUL INDOOR STAIRS FOR COLD WEATHER…..

THE TALLEST BUILDING IN AMERICAN FORK, UTAH, south of the Hospital.

I checked in with Security, a wonderful ex-Army drill Sargent, who fully sympathized with my need, he telling me, “I hope when you get to be my age you can be in as good a physical condition as I am!” I asked him how old he was, he replied, “SIXTY-SIX!” ….he apparently assumed I was younger than him. I of course couldn’t resist saying,

“I’M EIGHTY-SEVEN!”

My new drill Sargent friend, Rod, shocked said, “NOW YOU ARE BRAGGING!”

A wonderful place for my exercise, where I can relax between laps–until my blood pressure normalizes & then increase a lap, etc. All 4 floors of course with restrooms drinking fountains, and comfortable chairs–and, just in case I push myself too much I’m in THE RIGHT PLACE!

That leads us into what a friend said after one of my lectures at the Utah Valley Historical Society, that being:

WHAT A LIFE, WHAT A COUPLE OF BOOKS! 

The HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS one that along with history, legends, survival stories that have saved lives, and up-to-date info and topographical maps on all the Trailhead areas, all of it my “MY JOYFULL LIFE SAVING WRITING,” or we might say:

MY JOYFUL LIFE ENHANCING & LIFE SAVING SECRETS FILL..……my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK

The revealing of what I have learned and done to be where I am, and still might be in the future, is worth it’s weight in gold, and the $20 it will cost you to get the entire digital book on your computer would be more than worth the cost!

When I created the book I insisted on it having what no other HIGH UINTA book had (has)— color photographs–and knew that color increases the cost so much that it was not possible to produce it as a printed book. Therefore it was introduced as an online, digital book for $20. I of course wanted a printed one for myself, paying $173 for it, and soon learned a few Uinta lovers–beginning with my buddy TED– were also interested in spending whatever to have a printed copy–thus about 60 of you spent from $140 up to $170 for your 730 page two volume copy.

HOW TO GET A 50+% DISCOUNT – I just learned that the cost to print one color copy is now $200, but COPYTECH can print a black & white copy with color cover, for $90 plus shipping cost, bringing it to around $100.

I’ll be frank and honest that for me THE COLOR IS WORTH THE EXTRA COST, but if you just want to get information you can save a lot with black & white.

The “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM In the Mountains of the Maya” book, 568 pages, that is my 80+ year autobiography that now begins with Part 1 the crucial 0-22 year VISION QUEST! ….but which you can get separatly clicking on the previous link.

Followed by Parts 2, 3, & 4 that tells the story of how what started as THE ANDERSEN FAMILY PRIVATE PEACE CORP, ended up not being so crazy as almost everyone said it was, rather, achieved the “DREAM” as someone said,

“SAVED THOUSANDS, AND AIDED MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS GET AN EDUCATION!” and furthermore “Stimulated the organization of a WORLD-WIDE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION!”

I’ll have to be frank about this book, as it is too “controversial” for most people, even though a thorough, careful reading of the entire book with an honest heart shows clearly it has a noble purpose closely alligned with the BIBLE and modern scriptures.

The now finished book took me a lifetime to live, and 5 years to write, finished with one last crucial addition on February 6, 2023, which is a picture of where the FIRST TWO MIRACLES OCCURRED on the SEA OF CORTEZ when 7 year old Julie and 5 year old David were set adrift ALONE on the open sea in our 12 foot aluminum boat….but humbly knelt in the boat and prayed for help….and were saved!

Today at COPYTECH a color print of the book costs $154, but they can also do a black & white book, with color cover, the cost being only $55. For me the color is worth it, but if you just want information, get black & white. The online version of the MAYA MOUNTAINS BOOK is FREE. Go to https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

To get an online copy of the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAIN book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to:  Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

TO AVOID PAYING ME FOR THE ONLINE UINTA BOOK, GET THE PRINTED BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE, BY GOING TO THE INFORMATION BELOWREMEMBER TO SPECIFY IF YOU WANT IT IN BLACK & WHITE or COLOR.

IN THIS MONTAGE WE SEE A FEW OF THE 317 VARIETIES OF WILDFLOWERS I HAVE IDENTIFIED & PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE FOOTHILLS OF THE UINTA TO THE TOP OF UTAH’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN–KINGS PEAK!

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(03/08/23) POST WITH EMPHASIS ON SURVIVAL & HEALTH……FREE downloads>THE MAYAN’S NUTRITIONAL SECRET to SURVIVAL>WHY REVEAL MY WEAKNESSES & BRAG ABOUT EMBARRASSING EFFORTS?>The UINTA PROJECT at 67 in 2003: VIDEO>2,000+ MILES of BACKPACKING, EXPLORING & BOOK in 2017>At 84 & 2020: UNABLE TO WALK>SEVERAL MINI-STROKES & more > YET in 2022 A HIKE IN THE UINTAS>then A TEXAS SIZED GLITCH> weak, lost balance>NOT GIVE IN>THANKS TO THE LORD & MY GUARDIAN ANGEL, then in 2023 the the MAYA MOUNTAINS BOOK! WHY GUARDIAN ANGELS???

EVERYTHING REVEALED IN MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA & HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOKS. With the hope all interested will ENJOY MORE THE WONDERMENT OF THE EARTH and SAVE LIVES!

Until now, you couldn’t get this 31 page writing without buying the online book for $20, BUT I DECIDED TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ALL INTERESTED…..

FREE! Just click on the following:

THE ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE: Why, What & How?

MY LIFE …. WITH LOTS OF GLITCHES & SOLUTIONS….WORTH GOING THRU AGAIN AS THERE ARE CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD…..like COMPARING ME AT 83 TO BILL GATES AT 63!

This writing, on pages 31 and 32 describes FREE NUTRITION….from what generally are considered “WEEDS,” first, DANDELIONS (“diente de leon”) and then PURSLANE (“verdolago”), DANDELION I call “the Spinach of the Weed World.”

Back when I wrote it, I hadn’t discovered yet here in the U.S. “MACUY,” nor recognized yet “BLEDO” or Amaranth. One of these days I’ll update the writing which does deal with:

DANDELIONS or “DIENTE DE LEON”

DANDELIONS are the first to be ready to harvest in the Spring, and the last in the Fall, but are hated by ALMOST everybody, so soon the lawns where they get needed water are poisoned as this fellow is doing, and the vacant lots not getting watered, have the dandelions going dormant, so I BEGAN PLANTING PLOTS OF DANDELIONS in my garden, and lived on them, along with “Verdolaga” or Purslane, but…..

…the wild domesticated rabbits in our area were multiplying and quickly discovered my patches of watered dandelions and so during the summer of 2022 I DIDN’T HARVEST ANY DANDELIONS, the rabbits kept them mowed down like a lawn.

The cottontails also multiplied and soon followed the others in mowing down my dandelions……at the very time when I planted plots of MACUY, that then seeded themselves along with the BLEDO, so my chore became one of thinning them and controling them for better production.

The rabbits also eat VERDOLAGA or PURSLANE, as well as the others, but only prevented harvesting Dandelions. My watered and pampered weeds have our rabbits on the increase & too cute to harvest!

MACUY in the foreground, and mixed in and in the background stalks of BLEDO or AMARANTH now in the stage of producing sprouts each with spears of seeds that I harvest all together, even with at times woody stems, but no problem since they are blanched, then blended into a smoothie.

Below we see “BLEDO” or “AMARANTH” — the weed in our gardens we have all tried to eliminate, but it just keeps on bugging us, until like me–remembering my Guatemalan experience eating and liking it–which had me recently doing a little research and remembering it was sacred to the Mayans, even it’s seed considered a psuedo-grain extremely nuturitious….

After the initial harvest of leaves, I let it keep growing with sprouts along the stem that I harvest all summer along with the seeds.

As we see below, I don’t have to dig up the garden area anymore, except to bury egg shells, banana peels, etc. from the kitchen as fertilizer, and don’t have to actually plant anything. Each stake is where I have burried some great kitchen waste. All the containers are full of stuff accumulated during the winter when the ground is frozen, and will be burried when the ground thaws and mud gone so I can prepare lots of spots where my MACUY, BLEDO, and VERDOLAGA will grow incredibly well and…..

….. feed me with all the greens I need to replace expensive broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, swiss chard. beet greens, celery, cucumbers, etc. I need for a healthy diet. I will have a couple of tomato plants, and only have to buy during the year inexpensive CARROTS & FRUITS.

All of the weeds we are dealing with seed themselves–always so thick that my only chore is one of quickly thinning with my heart shaped hoe leaving clumps of MACUY and BLEDO–for better production, that from my small plot alongside my tiny Cabin-A home I produce my morning meal 365 days a year!

So every now and then during the summer I harvest a pot full, then blanch to disinfect, then freeze in shopping bags, each bag being a week to 10 days of smoothies–and have enough to last all winter and spring until the next harvest. By the end of the 2022 harvest in October I had 34 bags of processed weeds enough to last me until mid-summer when the new harvest will begin and continue about 3-4 months.

So, along with MACUY, another edible weed from Guatemala, mentioned at the end of the now FREE WRITING–I now let all of them have their way–taking over my garden and feeding me every morning throughout the year with a SMOOTHIE –with a few other things added, like a half banana, a carrot. an egg or two, fruit juice, red beet powder, etc.

In other writings I give credit to MACUY & BLEDO for having SAVED THE MAYANS, making their deficient diet of corn & beans– a BALANCED DIET

ANOTHER OF MY IMPORTANT WRITINGS NOW SEPARATED FROM THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE….

………..actually my AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR 0-22 YEARS–which laid the FOUNDATION FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE–and became PART 1 of my MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA BOOK, I have also separated the edited and improved version of the 80 page writing which has other SECRETS FOR SUCCESS….at least SECRETS FOR MY LIFE, some of which might be helpful to you–at least interesting for some of you, and my family, but you see below the front page…….and below it a link to download it to your computer……

To download the 80 page writing, click on the following link:  

Part 1: 0-22 years  THE VISION QUESTA Checkered Faith & Works Journey

INCLUDING some details on page 41 of THE EXPERIENCE AT 16 THAT GOT IT ALL STARTED…..

THE MIRACLE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER — HAPPENED ONE NIGHT in Provo, Utah WHEN DRIVING MY BELOVED 1939 PLYMOUTH–the only car I was permittted to touch.

It was one night when 16 years old–with a NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE that (NDE) SAVED MY LIFE & it was REVEALED TO WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DEDICATE MYSELF TO!

Several have reported my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book & my stories and example SAVED THEIR LIFE! — My MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA book tells about how my family & Guatemalan Foundation friends SAVED THOUSANDS AMONG THE MAYA!

SO ALL WORTH EMBARRASING MYSELF REVEALING MY PROBLEMS & WEAKNESSES>>>SHOWING ALSO LIFE SAVING SOLUTIONS!

My main strategy in life was to….

TRUST IN THE LORD, NOT GIVE UP, NOR GIVE IN…..EASILY & SAVE LIVES!

“MICKEY MOUSE” ….TINY “COMEBACK” EFFORTS REVEALED TO SAVE LIVES! .…..& SEVERAL HAVE THANKED ME FOR SAVING THEIRS! …..so more than worth embarrassing myself!

SAVED on East Fork Pass BY SATELITE PHONE CALL TO BUDDY RUSS SMITH at SKYCALL COMMUNICATIONS!

This VIDEO below gives a review of all of my efforts, & SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES up to about 2014.

FOR MANY VIDEOS COVERING MY ENTIRE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS PROJECT……..

At www. youtube.com and then search for “Cordell Andersen COMEBACK videos” and you will find mixed with others all of the above. Searching for just “Cordell Andersen videos” you’ll find many more that you can watch for FREE.

ALL OF MY 8 SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES ARE DETAILED IN MY HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK, as well as OTHER”S FAMOUS SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES THAT FAILED….& WHY?

SINCE MY BOOK WAS PUBLISHED ONLINE ONLY ONE BACKPACKER HAS DIED IN THE UINTAS…..and HE DIDN’T HAVE MY BOOK!

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RECENT EXPERIENCE FOR SURVIVAL BEING:

My life from 2 1/2 years ago being unable to walk……followed by months of exercises in bed forcing my dead leg to wake up, then to shopping carts at stores, to a walker, and finally with help from my infant GUARDIAN ANGEL, learned to take baby steps again…...WHY DO I BELIEVE SUCH…revealed in a moment.

Then using a walker…..I FINALLY BEAT THE KENYANS in THE COBAN INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON in Guatemala....in a dream….Then all pumped up by that, actually doing a HALF-MARATHON from American Fork to Alpine and back.…using the walker!

Admittedly I must have not looked too good as motorists were calling 911 and Policemen sent to rescue me……then two beautiful young ladies stopped to save me….and I narrowly missed a LOVE KIDNAPPING!

All the while at that time…and continuing today….working to solve a FAILED “NASAL TURBINATE REDUCTION SURGERY”…..causing BREATHING & MUCUS CONGESTION PROBLEMS. Turbinates are thin plates inside on both sides of the nose. If caused to swell breathing can be obstructed, with increased drainage of mucus causing congestion and wheezing in the throat. I have struggled with that problem since returning to the U.S. from my many years in Guatemala. One reduction surgery about 12 years ago helped for 2 years or so, then it returned. Then I found an effective inhaler permitting me to sleep well–but it’s ingredient–Oxymetazoline HCI–caused the turbinates to swell even more, but gave me short-term immediate congestion relief, however created a dependancy and began my high blood pressure problems! Another surgery about 18 months ago failed, and has got worse than ever with worsening ERRATIC BLOOD PRESSURE, etc., etc. with all sorts of interesting physical & mental problems of real old guys…in one month (April) to be in my 88th year!

Having been a Medical Specialist & instructor in the Army, and knowing how to use a Blood Pressure cuff has made possible understandng that issue–when & why it happens, and how to manage it, WHICH I BELIEVE HAS SAVED MY LIFE MANY TIMES!

NOTE: I believe all should get such a cuff and learn how to use it, as well as for backpackers, have an Oximeter to manage High Altitude Sickenss.

All of that, plus CANCER after the 1st summer of my High Uintas Project..…followed up to 2020 by 15 surgeries to remove, repair, or replace with titanium what was possible--all on top of my first mini-stroke in 1985, and another in 2020, all slowing me down a bit, but a lot of me was still capable of working pretty good–SO I KEEP MOVING & SOLVING EACH PROBLEM AS IT ARRISES–others of course laughed at me calling me a RODEO CLOWN, a CRAZY DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA and worse...but I embraced the funny ones having a good laugh or two at myself and WENT TO WORK….

….. used Fitness Center, and STAIRS–in several places for winter , & then FOOTHILLS…..and after a lot of effort reported here…….

…..FINALLY AT THE END OF THE 2022 SEASON DID A HIKE IN THE UINTAS using trekking poles and only one 5 lb. pack on my back–as my misaligned spine can’t bear the weight of a regular pack, the rest of my gear in waist packs, including a large “Lumbar waist pack” you see on my lower back or butt!

Then in December 2022, after a Christmas in Texas with family as reported in my last post–scroll down to see it, but we all returned with some kind of strange sickness that had a couple of us laid up for a month, with me no fever, but multiplied nasal/throat mucus and congestion. I finally came out of it but incredibly weak and nearly losing all of my balance….but too much of me was still working pretty good, so…I HAD TO GO TO WORK…AGAIN, and EXERCISE but with the cold weather I had to do more than push a shopping cart around inside of Walmarts –which I do going around the store a couple of times….or parking lot if good weather>>>>so….

…. I found 3 flights of stairs at the Revere Health Clinic where I could…..go TO WORK AGAIN the first time or two getting out of breath and needing to rest after just one lap of the 52 steps…..BUT PERSISTED….NOT ACCEPTING DEFEAT!

……and just in the last few days with weather above freezing for a few hours every day…..back to the outdoor stairs with help from my little buddy GUARDIAN ANGEL, and making surprising progress that for a while I wondered if it would ever happen again !!!!

A big part of this was solving the constant mucus congestion and wheezing making sleep almost impossible. Before the “strange Texas sickness” I had learned that only one medicine loosened the mucus and made productive coughing, that being Guaifenesin in 600 mg or 1200 mg, but quite expensive to be taking several times every day–for this “Young Ruler” who took the Lord serously in the BIBLE parable and ended up with only half of what normal people get for Social Security for not having paid into the system for all my years in Guatemala–especially before sleeping. But I found it as seen below at DOLLAR TREE now with inflation up to $1.25 per 15 tablets of 400 mg. tablets. Then happy to find the exact same medicine at WALMARTS as seen below at .88 cents per bottle. Usually during the day taking just one tablet was enough, but before retiring needing to take 3 tablets, equal to one 1200 mg tablet of MUCINEX. Still a great savings, and very effective, making the cost only about .30 cents per day!

But, for that to be effective, I also had to start doing a SINUS RINSE …..

….. at least once or twice during the day, and 15 minutes before retiring, followed by taking 3 tablets of the above medication– GuaifenesinMUCUS RELIEF . The 3rd part of the formula that made it all work, was an inhaler–the one with Oxymetazoline HCI being incredibly effective, but it had a warning for people with heart problems–and previously using it for years and years likely helped create my heart problems, so reduced using it to only one spray in each nostril, while finding a combination of two that gave me almost the same results (mainly Budesonide Nasal Spray from WM’s)……..

…….PRODUCING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS CLEAR BREATHING AT NIGHT & NO WHEEZING!

ALSO, WHEN THE WEATHER ONCE IN A WHILE WARMS A BIT…..BACK TO THE TIMPANOGOS FOOTHILLS….which always feels so much better than the stairs, and helps a lot….like–ONLY– on February 18th:

But, now on February 22 we awoke with snow, so for a while…..

BACK TO THE OUTDOOR STAIRS….or INDOOR CLINIC.

… with help from my little GUARDIAN ANGEL, and quite miraculously quickly gaining the strength I had lost, as well as some of my balance!

After a day or two of help from my GUARDIAN ANGEL, I kept it up all by myself increasing a few laps or repetitions every day, but my memory hasn’t been helped by my little friend–apparently Guardian Angels aren’t perfect….yet, and I sometimes lose track of how many I’ve done….so to not do less, or more than I should each day, I started keeping track with the colorful rocks I like so much.

So, today February 10th, I did 15 STONES–or repetitions, but NOW using just 5 rocks, then moving them forward or backwards and only forcing my mind to remember 1 set, 2 sets, or 3 sets which I did today, and then moving the 5 rocks off to the side so no one would trip on them. I must say I felt great…..great, compared to just two weeks ago when at the Clinic stairs 1 repetition had me out of breath and needing a hand-up from my little friend, but he refused and gave me the message I had to push myself and learn to do it alone–AND ITS BEEN WORKING, thanks to him, and the Lord!

GAURDIAN ANGELS UNDER SUSPICION!

I suspect that some of you are doubting my stories about my infant Guardian Angel, and I’ll have to admit not actually seeing him....yet, and have neglected to ask him his name……but now a few days later learned his name is ….surprise, surprise–TED–so now I have two cherished friends named TED! But for those who haven’t read my MAYA BOOK, let me tell you my experience:

In 1975 I helped Janie Thompson, and the BYU PROGRAM BUREAU plan for the LAMANITE GENERATION–a group of Native American student singers & dancers– a tour of Latin America, which included in our remote area of Guatemala an outdoor performance on our Paradise Valley Plantation, then known as THE CID: A Center for Indian Development, and another in the colonial city of Coban.

In the clean-up work a couple of days later our precious little 2 year old Michelle, we lovingly called “Pepita,” was tragically killed in an accident related to the clean-up. You can read all the details of the tragedy in my MAYA BOOK, pages 125 and 293.

Sometime later I had to make a trip to Guatemala City and alone left early before sun-up. A while later as the day was dawning I became drousy and went to sleep, my pickup veering off the road headed for a deep ravine……when all of a sudden A SLAP ON MY FACE awakened me in time to save me from what likely would have ended my life-long work among the Mayans.

I LITERALLY HEARD THE SLAP and FELT THE STINGING ON MY FACE! I was alone, except for someone I couldn’t see who was there to SLAP ME and SAVED MY LIFE!

I FELT STRONG IMPRESSIONS AT THAT MOMENT THAT IT WAS MY “PEPITA” WHO AT LEAST FOR THAT EVENT WAS MY GUARDIAN ANGEL. This was not the last such life saving event in my Mayan Adventure–as it was said we lived from “CRISIS TO CRISES,” and I added, “FROM MIRACLE TO MIRACLE”, and I also had quite a few in my 2,000 miles of High Uinta backpacking Adventure to write that book, and I have since become a strong believer in GUARDIAN ANGELS.

NOW BACK TO 2023

I’M AMAZED AT THE PROGRESS THAT CAN BE MADE BY GETTING RID OF SICKNESS, WITH PROPER NUTRITION & STUBBORN DETERMINATION– FROM ONLY ONE REPETITION A WEEK OR TWO AGO, NOW UP TO 15–and now not being out of breath, nor needing to rest, with better balance and doing a little more each day I’m able to better manage my blood pressure…..that for a while was so out of control I laid down to sleep at night with two nitro glycerine tablets within easy reach, well as a couple of aspirins, and left the door unlocked so Jesse wouldn’t have to break in…..in case of….well you know!

NOW NEW WONDERFUL INDOOR STAIRS FOR COLD WEATHER…..

THE TALLEST BUILDING IN AMERICAN FORK, UTAH, south of the Hospital.

I checked in with Security, a wonderful ex-Army drill Sargent, who fully sympathized with my need, he telling me, “I hope when you get to be my age you can be in as good a physical condition as I am!” I asked him how old he was, he replied, “SIXTY-SIX!” ….he apparently assumed I was younger than him. I of course couldn’t resist saying,

“I’M EIGHTY-SEVEN!”

My new drill sargent friend, Rod, shocked said, “NOW YOU ARE BRAGGING!”

A wonderful place for my exercise, where I can relax between laps–until my blood pressure normalizes & then increase a lap, etc. All 4 floors of course with restrooms drinking fountains, and comfortable chairs–and, just in case I push myself too much I’m in THE RIGHT PLACE!

That leads us into what a friend said after one of my lectures at the Utah Valley Historical Society, that being:

WHAT A LIFE, WHAT A COUPLE OF BOOKS!

The HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS one that along with history, legends, survival stories that have saved lives, and up-to-date info and topographical maps on all the Trailhead areas, all of it my “MY JOYFULL LIFE SAVING WRITING,” or we might say:

MY JOYFULL LIFE ENHANCING & LIFE SAVING SECRETS FILL..……my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK

The revealing of what I have learned and done to be where I am, and still might be in the future, is worth it’s weight in gold, and the $20 it will cost you to get the entire digital book on your computer would be more than worth the cost!

When I created the book I insisted on it having what no other HIGH UINTA book had (has)color photographs–and knew that color increases the cost so much that it was not possible to produce it as a printed book. Therefore it was introduced as an online, digital book for $20. I of course wanted a printed one for myself, paying $173 for it, and soon learned a few Uinta lovers–beginning with my buddy TED– were also interested in spending whatever to have a printed copy–thus about 60 of you spent from $140 up to $170 for your 730 page two volume copy.

HOW TO GET A 50+% DISCOUNT – I just learned that the cost to print one color copy is now $200, but COPYTECH can print a black & white copy with color cover, for $90 plus shipping cost, bringing it to around $100.

I’ll be frank and honest that for me THE COLOR IS WORTH THE EXTRA COST, but if you just want to get information you can save a lot with black & white.

The “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM In the Mountains of the Maya” book, 568 pages, that is my 80+ year autobiography that now begins with Part 1 the crucial 0-22 year VISION QUEST! ….but which you can get separatly clicking on the previous link.

Followed by Parts 2, 3, & 4 that tells the story of how what started as THE ANDERSEN FAMILY PRIVATE PEACE CORP, ended up not being so crazy as almost everyone said it was, rather, achieved the “DREAM” as someone said,

“SAVED THOUSANDS, AND AIDED MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS GET AN EDUCATION!” and furthermore “Stimulated the organization of a WORLD-WIDE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION!”

I’ll have to be frank about this book, as it is too “controversial” for most people, even though a thorough, careful reading of the entire book with an honest heart shows clearly it has a noble purpose closely alligned with the BIBLE and modern scriptures.

The now finished book took me a lifetime to live, and 5 years to write, finished with one last crucial addition on February 6, 2023, which is a picture of where the FIRST TWO MIRACLES OCCURRED on the SEA OF CORTEZ when 7 year old Julie and 5 year old David were set adrift ALONE on the open sea in our 12 foot aluminum boat….but humbly knelt in the boat and prayed for help….and were saved!

Today at COPYTECH a color print of the book costs $154, but they can also do a black & white book, with color cover, the cost being only $55. For me the color is worth it, but if you just want information, get black & white. The online version of the MAYA MOUNTAINS BOOK is FREE. Go to https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/

To get an online copy of the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAIN book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to:  Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

TO AVOID PAYING ME FOR THE ONLINE UINTA BOOK, GET THE PRINTED BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE, BY GOING TO THE INFORMATION BELOW. REMEMBER TO SPECIFY IF YOU WANT IT IN BLACK & WHITE or COLOR.

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AFTER A TRIP TO TEXAS FOR CHRISTMAS…we all came back sick….FINALLY A MONTH LATER–I’M WELL BUT VERY WEAK…..so….I HAVE TO KEEP MOVING OR DIE! — SO, BACK TO THE STAIRS–BUT NEW ONES INSIDE AT THE CLINIC…. for the WINTER! IT’S WORKING TO KEEP MY LEGS FROM DYING & GRADUALLY GAINING MY STRENGTH BACK….so DON’T COUNT ME OUT QUITE YET! AT THE END OF THIS POST IS UPDATED INFORMATION ON MY TWO BOOKS: The High Uinta Mountains, and The “Impossible Dream” Among My People in the Mountains of the Maya.

Looking forward to the SPRING for outdoor exercise, but in the meantime we were invited for Christmas with my son Cordel Ammon “Lito,” his wife Diana and two cute grandchildren in the home they just built in Azle, Texas….so in two cars–Nephi’s and Mahana’s, we drove in caravan 1,150 miles to Azle, Texas.

LITO as I call him (from CordeLITO) is one hard working son I’m very proud of, working in the oil industry in Texas, and my personal chef while with them in Texas.

Mahana (from Valparaiso) with her two, Ryan and William, and Diana (from Coban) with her two, Rebeca and James

The day after we arrived, was Christmas and we gathered in the living/TV room, appropriately decorated with one of my rustic picture frames and a much loved High Uinta Mountain scene:

Triangle Mountain and Reconnaissance Lake, rival to Red Castle as the most beautiful outdoor scene in Utah!

Calen was the first to open one of the many envelopes I had prepared for the entire family, finding that for the first time since 2016 I had the energy to put together a much enlarged FAMILY BIRTHDAY CALENDAR for 2022-23, including a Family Photo Album. a booklet of 24 pages.

Nephi, with whom I traveled, checking out the gift I put together for my large family, now with at least 105 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the gift was the

2022-23 FAMILY BIRTHDAY CALENDAR & PHOTO ALBUM

with 24 pages of beautiful color photos of my wonderful Andersen Clan families….best I’ll insert a picture of it below that I had printed for all the family. You can see it by clicking on the link above and if interested download it to your computer.

The main theme was to celebrate 11 years of the ANNUAL ANDERSEN FAMILY LAKE POWELL REUNION, with all the group photos, plus most of the individual attendees, and then some historical photos of the Andersen and Morgan families when I was a child, along with photos of most of the rest in the family who have not been able to be at the Reunion, as well as the growing David & Terri Andersen family Reunion….they now having 21 grandchildren and a family reunion in New Mexico larger than the Lake Powell one….I’ll insert a picture of it below:

THE BIRTHDAY CALENDAR & FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM also has a tribute to those in the family who have passed on:

Michelle “Pepita,” Celestina, and Julie.

Here are my four grandchildren with us in Texas, all appropiately with color coded pijamas, Lito & Diana’s, James and Rebeca, and Mahana & Calen’s, Ryan and William.

But, sadly, we apparently picked up something quite contagious on the drive down, and so all of us from Utah started getting sick, beginning with me in the picture with my son, Lito.

So we packed up and returned to Utah…..eventually with 100% of us from Utah all getting the upper respiratory congestion, headaches, etc. we first thought to be a new strain of Covid-19, but on being tested that wasn’t it. I didn’t have any fever, except for slightly the first day, but with me it went on for a month, until I finally worked out a routine of supplements & Mucus Relief, that worked permitting me to breath freely with no wheezing for the first time in years, but I came out of it feeling at times like I’ve lost almost completely by balance, and extremely weak– seemingly having lost all the conditioning I had worked so hard at to come back from not being able to walk two years ago.

Coming out of the sickness I sometimes I needed my young GUARDIAN ANGEL all over again, and I’m finding ways to work on keeping my balance without any gadgets, and almost being able to walk a straight line and getting strong again…..

So, now for me back to the STAIRS, but not outside with the cold, rather inside at my Revere Health Clinic that has two floors….

……. but the stairs keep going up to a 3rd floor with locked door where the heating and air conditioning units are….but that gives me 3 flights of stairs, or 52 stairs up and 52 down for each repetition.

And from the 3rd floor looking down. So, as difficult as it has been, I’m still the same old stubborn guy who WON’T GIVE UP….EASILY, but I look forward to warmer weather as doing my exercise outdoor with fresh air and sunlight makes a big difference….

There were a couple of days recently above freezing so I did go outdoors, and my little GUARDIAN ANGEL went with to help me the first time or two. I’ll be outdoors whenever the weather is reasonable. To equal 2 repetitions of the 3 floors of stairs at the clinic I have to do 5 repetitions on the outdoor stairs. I’ve now increased to 10 repetitions or laps I think I called them before. I’m making progress…..and thrilled with my Mickey Mouse efforts…but, CONSIDERING HOW WEAK I FELT JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, I FEEL VERY BLESSED TO BE MAKING SUCH RAPID PROGRESS–that’s the way it goes for one who DOESN’T GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP …… EASILY!

…….but I look forward to again working out in the foothills of Timpanogos, and then back to the wonderment of the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS and its unending VISIONS OF NATURE seen below in several of my rustic picture frames that I also look forward to making again soon.

THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK….

….. is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, the 1st chapter is an 89 page guide to do an 856 MILE AUTO-LOOP TOUR OF THE UINTAS that shows them equal to or better than many National Parks.

Then follows 3 chapters that are GUIDES FOR HIKERS & BACKPACKERS–the ONLY BOOK WITH UPDATED INFO–including TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS–of all the trailhead areas–WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS —

All of the book is unique as it has springkled throughout the  HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK NEXT SUMMER IN MY 88th YEAR!  

Plus a detailed……..APPENDIX , that among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing that can GIVE YOU NEW LIFE & 14 page INDEX.  

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to:  Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

TO AVOID PAYING ME FOR THE ONLINE UINTA BOOK, GET THE PRINTED BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE, BY GOING TO TO THE INFORMATION BELOW THE PICTURES:

JUST THIS WEEK THE FINAL, UPDATED & ENHANCED VERSION of The MAYA BOOK WAS PRINTED FOR ME AT COPYTEC  COSTING ME $153.37, so I can now hold it in my hands and read it to constantly remind me HOW THE LORD BLESSED ME with being an instrument in his hands to do our darndest to help quite a few Mayans to “blossom!”

To download the book to your computer CLICK ON:

 MAYA BOOK 1/31/2023

A lot of very good NEW INFORMATION about the details of the book are included in a description of the MAYA BOOK  on the Guatemalan Foundation website: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/ I heartily suggest you go there and read the entire introduction.

You’ll notice in the INTRODUCTION to the BOOK on the website, INSPIRATION I RECEIVED AS TO WHAT I SHOULD DO WITH THE BOOK, which I have now done, on Monday, January 31st….I’ll insert a photo of a portion of that explanation….but go to the website to get the WHOLE STORY!

……….I was CRAZY, “laughed to scorn” as was the“idealistic dreamer”  DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA (or Ammon)Quijote arming himself and on his gallant steed (1966 Ford F-150), supported by his Squire, Sancho Panza (Maria & later, Maria Elena), “rode into hell”in our case “The Siberia of Central America,” FOR A HEAVENLY CAUSE…..to fight for the right and oppose all injustice and save lives with effective solutions!  Eventually it was said we…..

….. “SAVED THOUSANDS, & AIDED MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS TO GET AN EDUCATION!”   

NOTE: The quote from the Guatemalan Foundation website, mentions Leonard Arrington..LDS CHURCH HISTORIAN, who was the author of the book that was my GUIDE & MANUAL for working among the Mayans for most of my life with the pioneer principles that brought them from poverty & persectuion to PROSPERITY, best insert a picture below…..

As explained in my MAYA BOOK, page 346, this incredible book described in our history the God revealed principles of CONVERSION, GATHERING, COOPERATIVISM & EDUCATION among my pioneer ancestors that made them great–and we were applying them at Valparaiso that was studied by a sociologist from the National Electricity Institute in Guatemala, who concluded…..


“THE VALPARAISO CENTER FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT IS AN OASIS OF HOPE & JUSTICE FOR THE POOR.”


…..yet strangely later criticized by one modern religious leader, page 318-322 , when I was warned to not use said principles or possibly be destroyed, but….at that time in 1977 when Arrington first contacted me, he had become briefly the CHURCH HISTORIAN for the LDS Church and we became good friends and he wanted to copy all my letter files and do an oral history, but I told him my LIFE HAD TO COME FULL CIRCLE FIRST…..which hasn’t happened yet but I was nonethless moved to take 5 years writing the 68 year history–MY MAYA BOOK. Leonard was the one who began to open up the Church archives some for the first time but sadly didn’t last very long. Now, will my MAYA BOOK be hidden in the archives? You can still get it on your computer clicking on:

MAYA BOOK 1/31/2023

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KEEP MOVING OR DIE! — So, BACK TO THE STAIRS for the WINTER! IT’S WORKING TO KEEP MY LEGS FROM DYING! Then…..HOW TO GET EITHER OF MY BOOKS PRINTED….and have THEM IN YOUR HANDS TO CURL UP BEFORE A WARM FIRE with your KIDS TO GET THROUGH THE WINTER IN STYLE WITH HEART WARMNG & LIFE SAVING STORIES!”

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2 YEARS AGO AFTER A BOTCHED SPINE SURGERY MY RIGHT LEG DIED, and I couldn’t walk with my legs soon loosing all their muscle , and as documented on this website you can see by scrolling way down, and down………I FORCED THAT LEG TO COME ALIVE WITH UNCEASING EFFORTS and soon WITH DIVINE HELP LEARNED TO WALK AGAIN LIKE A BABY, etc., etc.

I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IN SOME CRITICAL SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE THERE HAS BEEN INTERVENTION OF ONE OF MY “GUARDIAN ANGELS” this one being an EXPERT in BABY STEPS!

THEN A MONTH OR TWO AGO MY GOOD LEFT LEG STARTED DYING–but I learned what I had to do to KEEP IT AWAKE and ME MOVING….NOW AGAIN FOR THE WINTER ON THE STAIRS EVERY DAY below the American Fork Fitness Center, and very carefully now HAVE BOTH LEGS FEELING THE SAME and every day–gradually with great caution–INCREASING JUST A LITTLE EVERY WEEK and optomistic about how far the COMEBACK will take me.

The STAIRS face south so any snow melts quickly–making possible doing enough laps every day to keep both legs from dying on me!!

I’M TRULY GRATEFUL FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM MY FAMILY & A FEW REALLY CHOICE FRIENDS like noted on my Facebook page, and quoted on the post BEFORE this one…… they likely never dreamed how important a nice word or two would be to encourage me in my “Impossible Dream” of the High Uintas Project as well as my “Dream….” to persist for half a century giving a helping hand to needy MAYANS…so thanks again to my many Friends!

THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOK….

….. is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, the 1st chapter is an 89 page guide to do an 856 MILE AUTO-LOOP TOUR OF THE UINTAS that shows them equal to or better than many National Parks.

Then follows 3 chapters that are GUIDES FOR HIKERS & BACKPACKERS–the ONLY BOOK WITH UPDATED INFO–including TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS–of all the trailhead areas–WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS —

All of the book is unique as it has springkled throughout the  HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK NEXT SUMMER IN MY 88th YEAR!  

Plus a detailed……..APPENDIX , that among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing that can GIVE YOU NEW LIFE & 14 page INDEX.  

To get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to:  Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

TO AVOID PAYING ME FOR THE ONLINE UINTA BOOK, GET THE PRINTED BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE, BY GOING TO TO THE INFORMATION BELOW THE PICTURES:

JUST THIS WEEK THE FINAL, UPDATED & ENHANCED VERSION of The MAYA BOOK WAS PRINTED FOR ME AT COPYTEC  COSTING ME $153.37, so I can now hold it in my hands and read it to constantly remind me HOW THE LORD BLESSED ME with being an instrument in his hands to, as someone said,

“SAVED THOUSANDS & HELPED MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS GET AN EDUCATION!”

To download the book to your computer CLICK ON:

 MAYA BOOK 9/2022

A lot of very good information about the details of the book are included in a description of the MAYA BOOK  on the Guatemalan Foundation website: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/ I heartily suggest you go there and read the entire introduction. Below are the first two pages from the website:

On the website: www.guatemalanfoundation.org there is more interesting information about this unique book.

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Nov. 10th: NOW WITH WINTER …….BACK TO MY “STAIRS EXERCISE!” to keep alive ! ……… UPDATE a couple of weeks ago: SURPISE, SURPRISE…another GLITCH! ”The…sort of… “COMEBACK” of the QUIXOTIC MOUNTAINMAN, with DIVINE HELP in my 87th year! WHY A “TINY” FEAT FOR ME WAS “A GIGANTICALLY BIG DEAL?”

NOW WITH THE WINTER…..back to my “STAIRS–FREE EXERCISE MACHINE” every day they’re free of snow–to keep alive and awake my legs, my heart and my mind (& spirit)!

The STAIRS face south so any snow melts quickly–making possible doing enough laps every day to keep both legs from dying on me–and it so far is working cancelling out my left “good leg” from dying as was happening a few weeks ago!

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NOW BACK TO A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND MY POST ABOUT MEETING CHALLENGES ALONG THE PATH OF LIFE……BRINGING IT UP-TO-DATE WITH MY CONFESSIONS………….scroll down to see………….. WHO I RECEIVED HELP FROM

NOW, BACK TO THE PREVIOUS POST….WITH THE DIVINE ADDITION….

……but, SURPRISE, SURPRISE….RAN HEAD ON INTO ANOTHER GLITCH!

A little bit ago on this post I said, “ My good left leg started dying as had the right one, but different as I began feeling pain down the outside of my leg and gradually weakening so I couldn’t lead with it anymore–neither up, nor down and could only trust my previously dead, right leg!” 

Now a few weeks later, and after actually doing my High Uinta “hike” and some big-time hikes up the front of the Timpanogos foothills…..

…..THAT PAIN HAS RETURNED & GROWN COMING CLOSE TO MAKING ME A CRIPPLE….AGAIN!

With every step the pain now hits me at the lower portion of my TITANIUM HIP–where inserted into the bone as seen below, and then travels travels down to my knee and lower leg and today 10/11 I couldn’t use that leg to step up at the American Fork Amphitheater but could keep it stiff to step down, and had to abandon the stairs and just walk around some with hands on hips straightening my back–NOT ACCEPTING AS MY “NEW NORMAL” THE HUMPED OVER POSITION which my spine surgeon told me at the last visit I

“had to accept as the new normal!

FOLLOWS A COMMENT OR TWO & MY REPLY ON FACEBOOK when reporting the above:

Maren Topham from Facebook

She first said: “If anyone can figure out how to solve this “glitch” it’s you, my friend. So good to read a post from you. Stay strong! 🥰

MY REPLY TO Maren: WOW…SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. I want all to know you were one of the first to really motivate me in my High Uinta Project….when 16-18 years ago at a clinic in Provo you saw one of my color photographs of Red Castle Peak and told me you thought it was beautiful. You might not remember that, but I will never forget and always be grateful for YOU…one of the most beautiful VISIONS OF NATURE I’VE EVER SEEN. God bless you and your family. Your Trail buddy, Cordell

Maren Topham:  “Oh my goodness, you are the sweetest person in the world! I’m so glad you came into my life all those years ago. You taught me so much about over coming obstacles and keeping a positive attitude and the power of determination! You’ve done wonderful things with your life and your talent with photography and love for nature. So glad I could be a small part in it. ❤️

MY ADDITION TO MY FACEBOOK REPORT:

“I’LL KEEP TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SOLVE THIS NEW GLITCH & DO MY DARNDEST TO NOT ACCEPT BEING A HUNCHED OVER OLD RODEO CLOWN!

“I’ll accept the RODEO CLOWN, nick name given me in Guatemala by Keith Hoops a BYU professor of Agriculture/Animal Husbandry who visited me at Valparaiso and our Dairy, asking me where our alfalfa fields were. I pointed to our lush pasture grass that had 23% protein–as high as alfalfa–with our cows on that grass 365 days a year..

…but since we didn’t have alfalfa and silage–like is used in the U.S., he started calling me a “RODEO CLOWN” which I loved ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK–with profits making possible quickly paying off the large bank loan as well as the mortgage on the plantation. I also laughed lovingly at the Rodeo Clown label when 2 of our cows and a heifer all defeated in a livestock show the Central American Grand Champion of the Jersey Breed!!!

“I still love to be called a “Rodeo Clown,” as well as a crazy old “Modern Don Quijote de la Mancha,” a “Modern Ammon,” and “Little Andy!”

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24 MONTHS AGO, after apparently a botched surgery on my spine, MY RIGHT LEG DIED & I COULDN’T WALK–the muscles in my lower legs disappeared and only bone was left like I was a holocaust victim! I was a bit different than Almanzo in the following story on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, as he got terribly discouraged at first–I NEVER DID even when diagnosed with cancer in 2003, but always was blessed with my “NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP” attitude. So, I went to work but in my attempts to -–awaken feeling, build muscle again, be able to walk and be independant-–a couple of falls left MY SPINE DANGEROUSLY MISALIGNED AS SEEN BELOW. The titanium appliances were perhaps doing more harm than good.

IT’S QUITE EASY TO SEE THAT A FALL COULD CAUSE THE LOWER VERTEBRAE TO SLIP OFF OF THE ABOVE ONE AND CUT THE SPINAL CHORD!

A FALL COULD LEAVE ME COMPLETELY PARALYZED OR DEAD…..So great caution was advised by my spine surgeon, saying,

 “DON’T DO ANYTHING STUPID!” .

My spine surgeon said he could straighten it out but the surgery would take at least 6 hours with possible complications, and no guarantee, he adding something like, “I’ve never done such a surgery on someone your age, but you are healthier than others your age, but I wouldn’t do it unless you were in so much pain you didn’t want to live any longer!”

My decision was to try and live with it, and do my best to adjust, adapt, and strengthen myself.

THE YEAR LONG+ HISTORY of my CHALLENGE FOLLOWS:

AS REPORTED HERE  TIRELESS & PAINFUL HOURS WERE SPENT WITH MY OWN VERSION OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, COUPLED WITH A LOT OF PRAYER-–FOR MONTHS IN BED with isometric exercises, and all kinds of exercises with my legs, helping with my hands the dead leg to begin movement and wake up , then gradually to actual movement inside my tiny mobile home-–learning the “log roll” to sit up, grabbing on all the things close in every direction to sit, to stand, to fix my picnic-like meals, and eventually scoot into my tiny shower room, sit on the toilet and using a flexible shower-head, actually take a shower, then outside onto the porch Jesse had built for me with its down-ramp and railing, then using special canes Jesse got for me, and then a wheel chair my good friend Garth Norman provided to get me to the clinic and then the hospital for an emergency surgery, next a walker my daughter, Mahana, got for me, then using shopping carts as walkers around store parking lots I actually worked up to doing 2-3 miles a day.

I didn’t know what the Lord had in store for me, but I was willing to accept whatever condition he felt best–but DETERMINED TO PUSH MYSELF and LET HIM HELP ME ACHIEVE JUST AS MUCH AS WAS POSSIBLE!

Next, another good friend, Paul Edmunds got for me a nice walker gradually using it going farther and farther from home (American Fork) eventually on the paved jogging/bicycle paths to Highland and Lone Peak High School, then all the way up to half-marathon distance (13.2 miles) to Alpine & back forcing my dead leg to come alive and keep up with the good leg and building muscle again.

It was on those long “walks” that travelers called 911 that had the police offer to save “an old guy with a walker on the highway!” I thanked them, but insisted on getting home by myself, and twice beautiful young women attempted  “love kidnappings” which I bravely resisted with a smile telling them “thanks a million, but I’m doing great!” I apparently DIDN’T LOOK GREAT, but gradually got better as I repeated those long “hikes” with my walker, THEN ON TO THE NEXT STEP….with DIVINE HELP–LEARNING TO WALK LIKE A BABY with no aids….except a HEAVENLY ONE WHO WOULD TAKE ME BY THE HAND!

.……at the parks on on grass to provide soft landings learning to walk again like a baby–but I can’t brag about doing it on my own, as I had the divine help of one of my Guardian Angels! He also helped me learn how to fall like a baby does to not break anything, and how to get up on my feet without help of any earthly gadgets.

Another of those–years before in the MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA– I came to believe was my GUARDIAN ANGEL–our beautiful MICHELLE “PEPITA” — story told in my MAYA BOOK, pages 293-294

NOW BACK TO THE PRESENT: I then headed for the hills using trekking poles, so the FOOTHILLS OF MT. TIMPANOGOS became my FREE “EXERCISE MACHINE” up Grove Canyon, and hikes along the foothills every other day–doing a mile, then two, and three and always….

…. SHARING WITH ALL OF YOU the magnificent & inspiring

“VISIONS OF NATURE” ….

…..you can all see scrolling down, and down and down some more! All of this in hopes of being able to BACKPACK IN THE UINTAS AGAIN….actually dreaming of doing at least a mile at high altitude on rocky trails & maybe even an overnighter!

I would use a tiny day pack weighing only 5 lbs. but mainly I got special waist packs, the large one on my behind a “lumbar waist pack” as I couldn’t put any significant weight on my spine.

SEVERAL ATTEMPTS WERE MADE UP TO BALD MT. PASS–by the way along the way I learned to drive again my car, first using exclusively my good left leg.

NOTE: The first time my car disappeared my boys, Jesse and Nephi were shocked and when I returned THEY CONFISCATED MY KEYS!

I finally did a test drive and showed them I could do it safely. Of course I’m now back to driving normally.

BUT AT HIGH ALTITUDE I HAD TO SEE HOW MY BODY WOULD REACT TO HIGH ALTITUDE–that as I got older in my High Uinta Project became a problem, and as previously reported I RAN INTO TROUBLE WITH EVEN A SHORT WALK AT 10,700 ft. HAVING ME QUICKLY OUT OF BREATH, ALONG WITH DANGEROUSLY ERRATIC BLOOD PRESSURE–sometimes TOO LOW (93/55 with 120/80 as normal), sometimes HIGH. Below 95 is experienced “with people who are dying!” 

I also was shocked when it seemed like my good left leg started dying as had the right one, but different: The right one just lost all feeling as though it wasn’t there; the left one just a couple of weeks ago began feeling pain down the outside of my leg and gradually weakening so I couldn’t lead with it anymore–neither up, nor down and could only trust my previously dead, right leg! So, I had to back off and do some special work to…..

….. keep ALIVE & AWAKE BOTH LEGS!

I finally figured I could do it–carefully, my way.

So, as my last report stated on Monday, September 5th:

“LITTLE ANDY HAS DISAPPEARED!“

Only to reappear back in civilization on Wednesday, September 7th with the story in this photo/essay having MADE IT TO FEHR LAKE!

But, the following was necessary to adjust to the altitude. Once at 10,769 ft. Bald Mt. Pass, I parked and without doing any exercise, stayed there the night sleeping in my car to aclimatize before any hiking. My oximeter first showed my oxygen in my blood a little low–in the 80’s. For 24 hours I had been taking Diamox to help my body adjust, and continued that the next day. The next morning my vitals were all OK. So I prepared my hike to Fehr Lake with about 20 lbs. of equipment, fishing gear, food and water in my waist packs. But down the trail a bit I didn’t feel good, and found that my blood pressure was low….not as dangerously low as the last attempt, but I just felt that the load I wasn’t accustomed to, coupled with the altitude, was perhaps just too much, so I wisely returned to the car, yet determined to get to Fehr Lake. I rested a bit and prepared to just make it a day-hike with only emergency items, fishing gear and food for the day.

I headed for Fehr Lake again, and this time felt much better, made it through the rocky area with large steps down–that had stopped me last year, and got to the lake-bowed my head with a prayer of gratitude to the Lord, had my picnic lunch, did a little fishing, but as mentioned previously my balance was mostly lost in all of this ordeal over the last 3 years, and in rocky, uneven terrain always needed at least 1 trekking pole. Spin fishing was a problem as I had to use both hands to hold the rod and operate the spinning reel, and didn’t have a 3rd hand to steady me with the trekking pole, so every time I would begin reeling in my lure I would begin losing my balance–NOT GOOD ON THE EDGE OF A LAKE! I could only continue finding a rock to sit on near the water. 

Balance is a big part of my problem and would make wading and fishing a stream, like my beloved Beaverhead River in Montana–IMPOSSIBLE…even STUPID!

After a little succes I finally headed for the Trailhead, and was in the middle of–for me–the dangerous rocky area with big steps up, when two elderly ladies passed me, and stopped to talk. One of them recognized me when I mentioned doing my Uinta Project after returning from living in Guatemala for 35 years, remembering especially I had a lot of children and asked how many? I replied with a smile,

“Only 15, but some were adopted!”

At the early October Family Reunion at Lake Powell, the family figured out that I have 84 grandchildren and great grandchildren…..so far!

NOTE: If she meant my Central House Family in Guatemala–there would eventually be over the years around 300 who called me “PAPA!”

NOTE: At the end of this post is a FREE link to my book a….A FIFTY YEAR “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” AMONG THE MAYA that explains all of the above.

I made it back to the trailhead fine, learning I could easily do more-GIVING ME AMPLE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE, monitor my vitals carefully, and WITH THE LORD’S HELP do a lot better with some of the lessons learned.

SO, FOR ME THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR MY 88th YEAR–I’ve just got to keep moving & keep awake BOTH legs as well as the rest of me–physically and spiritually!

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED WITH ACKNOWLEDGING SUCH A SMALL GOAL IN THE HIGH UINTAS, but all things considered I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR HAVING BEEN ABLE TO BEAR THE PAIN & THE DIFFICULTY OF REACHING THIS FIRST SMALL GOAL…...and it will keep me moving, exercising through the fall, winter and spring–doing innumerable miles and doing my best to keep my legs awake and get stronger--to interestingly be hopefully capable of doing a few miles in the Uintas, but more importantly all the time be mentally, physically and spiritually awake and capable of meeting greater goals more in keeping with what I came to believe was my overall purpose in this world….

….SAVING LIVES!

NOTE: Several who bought the book have emailed me thanking me for “saving their lives,” plus a Forest Service officer told me a couple of summers ago that 4 had been saved that summer by using the SPOT TRACKER I used and recommended!

Since publishing the book only one hiker/backpacker has died in the High Uintas….and he was one WHO DIDN’T GET MY BOOK!

SO, GET THE BOOK & SAVE YOUR LIFE or that of A LOVED ONE!

“BIRDS FLY OVER THE RAINBOW, WHY OH WHY CAN’T I?”

“CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN, FORD EVERY STREAM, FOLLOW EVERY RAINBOW…..TILL YOU FIND YOUR DREAM!”

“A DREAM THAT WILL NEED ALL THE LOVE YOU CAN GIVE….

…..EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE, FOR AS LONG AS YOU LIVE!”

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THE STORY OF MY LIFE ….FOLLOWING EVERY RAINBOW….SEEKING MY DREAM ……ATTEMPTING MY BEST TO “SAVE LIVES” IS TOLD IN MY TWO BOOKS.

The story of my first 80+ years, THE “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA, an online book 568 pages long with over 1,200 color photos, you can download free clicking on the link below the photo of the printed version. “FREE” as I told the ladies, “….because it in part tells my religious history and I don’t believe in making money off of religion–not even a ‘modest living allowance!’” The ladies heartedly agreed!

JUST THIS WEEK–09/19/22–THE FINAL, UPDATED & ENHANCED VERSION, WAS PRINTED FOR ME AT COPYTEC (info below) COSTING ME $153.37, so I can now hold it in my hands and read it to constantly remind me HOW THE LORD BLESSED ME with being an instrument in his hands to, as someone said,

“SAVED THOUSANDS & HELPED MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MAYANS GET AN EDUCATION!”

To download the book to your computer CLICK ON:

 MAYA BOOK 9/2022

A lot of very good information about the details of the book are included in a description of the MAYA BOOK  on the Guatemalan Foundation website: https://www.guatemalanfoundation.org/ I heartily suggest you go there and read the entire introduction.

NOTE: There is no promotion of any kind asking for donations as I retired the Foundation on its GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY on August 19, 2017— 50+ years doing my darndest!

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Then overlapping the last 18+ of those 80+ years–my life story is completed with THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS BOOKwhich I’m told has saved lives & will continue to do so as more and more of you get the book following the information below the picture.

NOTE FROM AUTHOR (me): “I’m really enjoying now reading my book again, and I must say that IT IS PRETTY DARN GOOD, so far outdoing in every aspect any other book about the Uintas.”

IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WITH EXTENSIVE PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE WILLING TO PROMOTE THIS BOOK & GET RICH? IT SHOULD BE IN EVERY LIBRARY IN THE U.S. & IN THE HANDS OF EVERY OUTDOOR LOVER, but I haven’t known how to promote it properly & now getting too old to do it justice. I WOULD ALMOST GIVE IT TO SOMEONE WHO COULD DO IT RIGHT! LET ME KNOW.

The 730 page digital book is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, but also with HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK THIS SUMMER IN MY 87th YEAR, plus a detailed APPENDIX (that among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing), & 14 page INDEXas well as TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS–of all the trailhead areas–WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS — to get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to: 

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

To get a printed version like you see above, get the online book, then put it on  thumb drive and take to your favorite printer. Office Max will do it, but ask them to lighten up the pictures as the one they did for me had the pictures too dark.  

To get a printed version like you see above, get the online book, then put it on  a thumb drive and take to your favorite printer. Office Max will do it, but ask them to lighten up the pictures as the one they did for me had the pictures too dark.  

By far my favorite printer is 

COPYTEC,

185 West 200 South,

Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062

Telephone: 801-785-3680

THEY HAVE IN THEIR COMPUTER THE UPDATED FINISHED VERSIONS OF BOTH BOOKS & ARE AUTHORIZED BY ME TO PRINT BOOKS FOR ANY OF YOU, SO YOU CAN CALL THEM ON THE PHONE, MAKE YOUR ORDER, AND GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO TO PAY, INCLUDING ANY SHIPPING COST, or pick up yourself if you are in the area.

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“LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” in part tells my story…..pictorial summary inserted first below

HERE COMES THE NEW INSERT INTO WHAT WAS TO POSSIBLY BE MY LAST POST THIS SEASON…..BUT, all of a sudden–MY STORY– was on one of my favorite TV series--so wholesome, pure, entertaining, and so inspiring–so I’ve been watching an episode almost every evening, (9 seasons are available)

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE,

The Ingall’s house with Mary, Laura (“Half-pint”), and Carrie, was to eventually grow adding Grace, Albert, James and Cassandra–something like our CENTRAL HOUSE FAMILY in Guatemala grew, and grew, and grew some more!

WOW…WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE TO BE ABLE TO STILL BUILD MY “LITTLE CABIN” ON THE FRINGES OF THE HIGH UINTAS….SOMETHING LIKE “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE”

Season 8, Episodes 17 & 18 tells sort of a similar LIFE & DEATH CONFRONTATION I FACED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, entitled: “DAYS OF SUNSHINE, DAYS OF SHADOW,” that I have shared in an email to my High Uinta & other friends with some detail below…but just a little as I hope I’m enticing you to look for it on Amazon Prime, or YouTubetv, etc……maybe even enhancing your lives by starting with Season 1 and go all the way to Season 9 with the wonderful Director and lead actor, Michael Landon, who plays Charles Ingalls. It is a pioneer kind of series, actually taken from the diary and books written by Charles & Caroline Ingall’s daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of the stars in the inspirational segment I review below with a series of pictures & just a little caption info to lead to the next image.

Almanzo, Laura’s husband, experiences diptheria, and then a stroke leaving him a cripple, similar to what happened to me.
Charles comforts his daughter Laura, Almanzo’s wife.
Dr. Brown attempts to encourage Almanzo with exercise that would require incredible effort, but Almanzo gives up as it is too painful and seemingly no progress.
Laura prays for, supports Almanzo and encourages him, but he gives up accepting being a cripple and actually wants to die.
Almanzo throws his crutches at Laura and the doctor, and resigns himself to a wheelchair and just watching life go by.
He wastes away his life attempting to help a geranium plant come to life and grow.
Laura prays fervently for her husband, and attempts to help him in every way, but all of a sudden realizes she has been helping too much, and gets angry at him not trying hard enough. Part of the family tragedy was being hit by a tornado that destroyed their home and their farm, plunging Almanzo even into deeper depression, but always with his father-in-law, Charles Ingalls trying to encourage him in the right ways.
But one day Almanzo notices amidst the debri of his destroyed house his GERANIUM PLANT, and learns a lesson…….his helping the plant was misguided and didn’t work…IN THE RUINS OF THE DESTROYED HOME THE PLANT GREW……..I CAN INSERT HERE THAT MY KIDS…the ones close-by: JESSE, NEPHI, MAHANA & MARCIA all understood this, didn’t help me with things I could do for myself–which I pretty much wanted to do anyway and not be a burden anymore than absolutely necessary. So they let me work hard to solve my problems for WHICH I DEEPLY THANK ALL OF THEM.
So, Almanzo went to work with Charles first helping to build in a barn two railings so he could grab onto something to help, and began taking steps, AGAIN, AGAIN & AGAIN, until he could do it on his own, and all of a sudden surprised Laura with being able to carefully walk again, and helping Charles build themselves a new home….another LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE!

24 MONTHS AGO, after apparently a botched surgery on my spine, MY RIGHT LEG DIED & I COULDN’T WALK–the muscles in my lower legs disappeared and only bone was left like I was a holocaust victim! I was a bit different than Almanzo in the above story, as he got terribly discouraged at first–I NEVER DID, but always was blessed with my “NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP” attitude. So, I went to work but in my attempts to –awaken feeling, build muscle again, be able to walk and be independant–a couple of falls left MY SPINE DANGEROUSLY MISALIGNED AS SEEN BELOW. The titanium appliances were perhaps doing more harm than good. A FALL COULD LEAVE ME COMPLETELY PARALYZED OR DEAD…..So great caution was advised by my spine surgeon, saying, “DON’T DO ANYTHING STUPID!” .

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September….LITTLE ANDY HAS DISAPPEARED!!!!! Aug. 24, 2022: SPECIAL ALERT….Details below!…INCLUDING A “DEATH ALERT!”…THEN “DEATHLY” REPORT on Aug. 25th……………. THE CHALLENGE & STRUGGLE CONTINUE! — MY GOOF & EFFORT TO GET BACK ON TRACK & SHARE MY DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE….AS WELL AS GUIDING YOU TO ENJOY SAFELY our WONDERFUL HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS! — THIS WEEK: HENRY’S FORK….MUCH MORE THAN THE GATEWAY TO KINGS PEAK!

LITTLE ANDY HAS DISAPPEARED!

FROM HIS FACEBOOK PAGE:

AFTER THE HOLIDAY RUSH TO THE COOL OF THE MOUNTAINS>>>look for me to NOT ACCEPT “GIVING UP…” and DISAPPEAR FOR A FEW DAYS.–to then all of a sudden report here & on my website that I followed the suggestions in my HIGH UINTA MTS. BOOK to manage HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNES & made the COMEBACK DOING AN ACTUAL OVERNIGHT BACKPACK😃😁😍

TO HELP FIND HIM….and TO AVOID YOU DISAPPEARING TO NEVER BE FOUND, GET THE BOOK!

The 730 page digital book is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, but also with HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK THIS SUMMER IN MY 87th YEAR, plus a detailed APPENDIX (among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing), & 14 page INDEXas well as TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS — to get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. 

Send to: 

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

To get a printed version like you see above, get the online book, then put it on  thumb drive and take to your favorite printer. Office Max will do it, but ask them to lighten up the pictures as the one they did for me had the pictures too dark.  By far my favorite printer is COPYTEC, 185 West 200 South, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062

Telephone: 801-785-3680

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SPECIAL ALERT ( Today-8/25-Including follow-up the day after this with a DEATH ALERT!): Last week I was to finally do a 2-3 day backpack into an area beginning with a steep 500 ft. climb up….less than 1/2 mile, then level for a ways….to Scout Lake, followed by another steep 500 ft. climb up 1 mile to my objective Lofty Lake. But, all of a sudden my foothill hikes got complicated and SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME, AS MY “GOOD” LEFT LEG STARTED WEAKENING AND GOING DEAD AS HAD HAPPENED 2 YEARS AGO WITH MY RIGHT LEG DYING WITH ZERO STRENGTH and over 2 months my lower leg muscles disappeared!

WITH THIS NEW ALERT, I HAD NO CHOICE BUT to THROW IN THE TOWEL!

But, DIDN’T GIVE UP, NOR GIVE IN, so began carefully experimenting–but now reversing with step-ups leading with my previously dead leg, and with gradually increased exercise, and a lot of prayer. By last Sunday I felt life coming back into my left leg, and by Monday, August 22nd felt both legs the same with about 50-75% normalcy. I became determined to yet do a backpack THIS SUMMER, but not the one with steep climbs, rather what I attempted and failed at last summer–a 1/2 mile hike to Fehr Lake--which hike hurt me then, but, I now feel confident with my renewed awakening in my left leg, that I can do the Fehr Lake hike safely, and believing the previous plan with steep climbs, up, and then down, could have been deadly for me.

So I’m leaving now, August 24th to drive up the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, and when I get to the Fehr Lake Trailhead, if oxygen level in blood is good, as well as blood pressure, and I still feel 50-75% strength and aliveness in both legs, will likely this afternoon make it and camp out for one night at Fehr Lake, eat a nice trout for my dinner, and return tomorrow–HAVING MADE YET ANOTHER COMEBACK, WITH GREAT HOPES FOR THE FUTURE IN MY 88th YEAR! If there are ominous signs, indicating a problem with high altitude, or heart problems……..yes, still being sort of dumb, but NOT STUPID….I will just return home or sleep the night in my car and return tomorrow….

For you tough backpackers, this MUST SOUND LIKE A JOKE…RIGHT? But, for me…who couldn’t even walk, with a dead right leg 20 months ago, THIS COULD BE A SUPREME ACHIEVEMENT….and HOPEFULLY A NEW BEGINNING FOR AN OLD GUY ACCUSED OF BEING EITHER, A MODERN DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA, or for the Mormon community, A MODERN AMMON……..to move towards my 90’s!

TODAY, August 25th, WITH A SPECIAL REPORT FOR AN OLD GUY ……. WHO FOR AT LEAST TODAY FEELS LIKE THAT “OLD GUY” AFTER MY ATTEMPT YESTERDAY IN THE UINTAS!

I made it to the Trailhead, just a mile past Bald Mountain Pass, but not feeling 100% with a little headache, nonetheless got ready for the short hike, but first checked my oxygen blood level, which wasn’t too bad, but in the upper 80’s, but Blood Pressure a bit LOW, and I didn’t feel too good, so tested myself with a short 1/8 mile hike without waist packs, and returned to the car and was out of breath, felt a bit dizzy and too tired for such a short hike.

My Oximeter still showed my oxygen level slightly low, but my BP cuff reading SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME! It read: 93/55 I hate to fail–being sort of DUMB…..

…but NOT STUPID, so got the car going, and headed for home before the dizziness got the worst of me!

I’ll admit I had to rest once along the way, but made it home and got my laptop going to the internet and researched LOW BLOOD PRESSURE….which REALLY SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME, BUT HAD ME FEELING VERY GRATEFUL!

A reply to one question was: Overall, older adults with a blood pressure reading of 90/60 mm Hg or lower is considered too low (hypotension).

Excessively low blood pressure may cause dizziness or FAINTING and increase the risk of FALLS!

“When an individual is APPROACHING DEATH, the systolic blood pressure will typically drop below 95!”

Mine was 93 so for this time it was good that I chickened out and headed for lower country, rather than stubbornly heading down the “Mickey Mouse” trail to Fehr Lake!

What does all of this mean for my future? Might be that I will put on hold for a time QUIXOTICALLY fighting off those pesky wind-mills, or temporarily flick onto safety my Colt .45 Defender and have on hold for now AMMONICALLY attempting to eliminate all the law breakers!

IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM ME FOR A WHILE, CHECK THE OBITUARIES FOR A REFRESHINGLY HUMOUROUS……OF COURSE LONG…..but WORTHWHILE FINAL FAREWELL!

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FOLLOWS THE PREVIOUS POST WHICH IS PATRIOTICALLY ALWAYS WORTH LOOKING AT AGAIN AS WELL AS HAVING YOUR BREATH TAKEN AWAY BY “GRACE & THE KING’S PEAK TRAIL,” and ALWAYS THE WONDERFUL…….

“VISIONS OF NATURE!

OUR WONDERFUL GROVE CANYON….in the foothills of MT. TIMPANOGOS, FOR JULY 4th!

Interestingly I met on the trail President Evanson and his wife, from Canada, who are the Leaders of the OREM/UTAH LDS MISSION.

I goofed in my COMEBACK from not being able to walk 18 months ago, by pushing myself too quickly and peaked months before my hoped for BACKPACK TO THE GRANDADDIES in mid-June, so I had backed off, and…..SURPRISE, SURPRISE….I LOST MY CONDITIONING! It’s lost so quickly for an old 86 year old, and then so hard to get it back.

SO I FAILED AT MY MID-JUNE BACKPACK…..but am determined to do my best to get it done in mid-August. SO–in spite of the heat– WENT TO WORK AGAIN–3 to 4 times a week– GRADUALLY DOING HARDER, AND LONGER HIKES….BUT PLANNING IT OUT SO I’LL PEAK MID-AUGUST AND HOPE TO MEET MY GOAL. So here I am doing as I love to do–SHARE THE WONDERS OF THE TRAIL WITH MY FRIENDS!

SO THIS IS STILL MY HOPE & MY DREAM!

I’ll admit that as I sort of started new with short hikes, and then stretch them out a bit….IT WAS ALL OF A SUDDEN REALLY HARD..AGAIN…….so much so that I almost decided it was just too much for me to handle, and came close to another FOREST GUMP MOMENT! “I’m tired and I think I’ll go home now!” ……..but I kept at it and there has been noticeable progress.

INSPIRATION FROM WHAT I CALL “VISIONS OF NATURE” ALWAYS HELPS ME A LOT!

OREGON GRAPE

I gradually got higher and higher. Usually every other day, and rather than my noontime, or afternoon hikes, got smart and usually did it by 9:00 AM, or earlier.

…….and becoming more realistic with my goal of actually doing a 2-3 day backpack or two in the Uintas, and worked on getting the weight I would carry down to under 20 lbs. I decided I would have to sacrifice my BELOVED NIKON camera and incredible lenses: 14-400 mm. zoom lens, as well as my Fish-eye lens , but rather using my iPhone, I worked on piling up rocks and setting it pointed towards where I’d be and put it on video, then edit to save the shots I needed, like this one.

My tech savvy boys, Jesse and Nephi, reminded me about Google, and Amazon, and so a very lightweight piece of equipment was acquired real cheap, along with a tiny remote.

I was gradually getting higher and higher up where I had got to before.

…..and finally got back up to the VALLEY VIEW SPOT, which I’ve now done 3 Saturdays in a row, and each time taken a different route back down to be building strength and stamina, and eventually get to the point where I can do it and ENJOY IT, RATHER THAN IT BEING PURE TORTURE, which it was the first time of the 3. I’ve got to get to where a hike into the GRANDADDIES is enjoyable, and even inspiring!

The first of the 3 hikes to the VALLEY VIEW SPOT, I came back down following the trail. For the 2nd time I looked north as we see in this photo, but …….

……..I went down to photograph an earthquake detection site, you see below.

From here I sort of went straight down the mountain, but pretty soon it got real steep and dangerous for me, so had to switch-back over to where it was a little safer, but it was a tough hike for me that had my muscles really sore for the next few days.

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW HOW WONDERFUL IT WAS TO ACTUALLY HAVE MUSCLES BACK TO GET SORE, as 18 months ago the muscles had disappeared and I had no strength!

On my 3rd hike to the VALLEY VIEW SPOT, I decided to head north and got on a trail that climbed up higher and eventually got me back down to the trail you see below where I had made a bunch of hikes, and where I had seen my first SEGO LILY, Utah’s State Flower.

NOW IT’S TIME FOR OUR TOUR OF THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS, North Slope, moving on from our last tour to the Red Castle area, we come to one of the most used trails in the High Uintas–THE HENRY’S FORK TRAIL, “GATEWAY TO KINGS PEAK!”

YOU REALLY NEED TO HAVE MY BOOK. I’ve been sharing the book in sort of outline style, hoping it would awaken your interest in getting the BOOK, and all the information I’m purposely not sharing in these posts, like the details of the SURVIVAL stories, all kinds of WONDERFUL BACKPACKING OPTIONS FOR EACH TRAILHEAD, the TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS with trails I have added, with labels and distances, and up-to-date information on the lakes, etc. At the end of this post I’ll insert again the photo below and add all the information you’ll need to get an online copy, and how you can also get it printed yourself to hold in your hands and read as I’m doing again now myself–and just have to add…….

…..IT’S PRETTY DARNED GOOD–NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT!

My SURVIVAL ADVENTURE ended with my life SAVED. IT’S DETAILS HAVE SAVED OTHER’S PEOPLE’S LIVES TOO!

THE HENRY’S FORK BASIN.

It was late in the season, 2004, and I was camped just under Anderson Pass & KINGS PEAK! I was limping as had had an emergency surgery on my “motorcycle knee” just 30 days before.

My camp, up where the yellow arrow is pointing, was way above me as I had taken a day hike down to U-75 where I had caught huge brook trout. Mt. Jedediah I have named is above the lake. But on that hike I became deathly sick, and somehow had to make it back up to my camp to survive. My book tells the details of how I made it back, then laid there for two days waiting for the emergency antibiotic to begin taking affect. Snow was on its way……so I had to get out of there soon!

After two days, I made it to Anderson Pass to get this picture, and the next day had to move towards the Trailhead, 16 miles to the north.

I had to move carefully so as to not work up a sweat and let the sickness know it had a great chance to take me down for the count. I made it down to the meadows below Kings Peak and there tripped, but caught myself to prevent falling, but sprained my ankle–so I was all of a sudden doing what I sometimes did to finish the International Half Marathon in Coban, Guatemala:

“LIMPING WITH BOTH LEGS, and DRAGGING ONE BEHIND ME!”

But I made it 8 miles to the Dollar Lake area and camped. Using my satellite phone I called to let the family know where I was and that I would make it out the 8 miles the next day.

But, little did I know the greatest danger would come that night when I had a heart attack and experienced one of the great miracles of my life, as explained in detail in the book. It took me all day, but I did make it to the Trailhead, and on to Ft. Bridger staying in a motel for needed rest.

The BOOK in this Henry’s Fork section has the ASTOUNDING STORY of 11 year old GRACE Hirschi we see here leaving her father, Jake, in her dust as she zeroes in on KINGS PEAK.

The amazing and inspiring story of JAKE HIRSCHI’S FAMILY: GRACE, ISAAC, and 7 year old NORA is told in several sections of the book. Just that alone is worth the purchase price!

The Henry’s Fork/Kings Peak Trail takes you up over Gunsight Pass, and to the Highline Trail then up to Anderson Pass and Kings Peak, but the trail can also take you over Trail Rider Pass to this beautiful sight seen below with Lake Atwood in the distance, where my buddy, Ted Packard caught the Utah (unofficial–19.5 inches) record Arctic Grayling in 1962, and in the foreground is seen an alpine basin I have named GEORGE BEARD BASIN, honoring pioneer artist/photographer George Beard. This above timberline alpine basin, rarely visited is more than worth a visit…….

……along with Beard Lake, that is right up on Trail Rider Pass where I caught the (unofficial) Utah record Eastern Brook Trout, you see below on the left, along with one out of U-75.

The very heavy bodied, hook-jawed brookie on the left is estimated to be from 28″ to 30″ long which would have been a Utah State record.

I met this group of youth from Washington on Gunsight Pass. They promised to take for me a picture from South Kings Peak of “LITTLE ANDY LAKE” you see on the right, given my nick name as a youth. It is the highest lake in Utah at 12,307 ft.

I include this topographical map, from the book, to show you the many lakes in the Henry’s Fork Basin, the highest being Cliff Lake we see below in a page shot from the book. The book has detailed information on each of the many lakes.

From the Henry’s Fork Basin, over to the area around Kings Peak, is where I have seen the most Ptarmigan in the High Uintas. Here I ran into a couple of hunters searching for them.

ALL IN ALL A WONDERFUL AREA FOR HIKING, BACKPACKING, EXPLORING, FISHING, PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE, & BEING INSPIRED BY THE LORD’S WONDERFUL VISIONS OF NATURE, WHICH OF COURSE INCLUDE AS MANY MOOSE AS SEEN ANYWHERE IN THE UINTAS.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA: Go to the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION’S website with the final addition from the movie THE BOURNE LEGACY which REVEALS THE ANSWER TO the……

..MOST IMPORTANT PERPLEXING QUESTION IN MY ENTIRE 50 YEAR MAYA HISTORY::

Check out the VERY LAST VERSION of the BOOK now with

THE “MODERN AMMON’S” LEGACY!

Download free the BOOK about my life among the Mayans.

 If BOURNE is what attracts your curiosity…and it should, it will best be understood after going through the history where you will find it in Section 29, page 464. 

IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS I’LL GET A NEW POST UP……sorry for a while I couldn’t access the edit feature……BACK TO REAL LIFE TODAY…..TEST TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT TO THE GRANDADDIES! “EYE OF THE TIGER!” Then THE HIGH UINTA TOUR to the MAGNIFICENT RED CASTLE AREA…..some say it is “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SCENE IN UTAH!” WHICH ONE MIGHT QUALIFY IN YOUR OPINION?

Up to Grove Creek Trailhead again to test me! The goal going up the front of the hills to the arrow way above me…..and on a hot day!

For you TRAIL RUNNERS, remember this competition.

Here’s my history from back 18 months ago when I couldn’t walk, or stand to take a shower. I WENT TO WORK, STEP BY STEP….UNTIL CONQUERING UTAH VALLEY. Would I be ready?

I had slacked off some time ago, and apparently lost my strength and endurance, so this week each day I was at Grove Canyon and each day pushing myself to do a little more, and it was hard, especially with the hot weather. But I wanted to go up the front of the mountain to the view spot.

MY SPINE WAS STILL DANGEROUSLY MISALIGNED AS YOU SEE HERE & WAS PAINFUL. I HAD TO BE REAL CAREFUL.

My SPINE SURGEON INSISTING I ALWAYS USE MY TREKKING POLES!

I had to always cope with my HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, so before starting had it finally down by around noon, and then on the trail checked myself periodically. Oxygen in my blood and HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS would be no problem, but had to get strong to have it working right above 10,000 feet.

As I climbed I checked on plants I was monitoring, and documenting their development.

This one hadn’t blossomed yet.

But had the problem of APHIDS, very tiny sap sucking insects, their ENEMY being the wonderful LADYBUG that during it’s life-span can eat up to 5,000 aphids!

This LADYBUG needed some help. A LADYBUG is about 1/8th inch long, making aphids smaller than 1/32nd inch long.

TO CONTROL APHIDS IN YOUR GARDEN YOU CAN EVEN BUY ON AMAZON.COM BAGS OF LADYBUGS!

This plant, the SMOOTH SUMAC, you will recall I used as one of the native plants to landscape our first apartment.

Here it is at full maturity.

There are a number of varieties of THISTLES in Utah, all pretty ominous with their prickly thistles.

This is one of the common ones.

This one a larger variety, that is especially beautiful with its purple flower.

Here we come to a new plant that is blossoming with its very tiny yellow/white flower.

We have zoomed in on the flower about 1/8th inch in diameter. You can now see its wonderful beauty.

Do you remember the beautiful Western Blue Flax?

Here is the flower that has developed into its seed producing phase.

This is another plant we started noticing early on, and then got back to it a month or so later….

… when it blossomed.

From blossoming, it entered the next stage producing seeds for propagation of another season. Isn’t nature incredible…..the wonderment of the Lord’s creations!

It’s been awfully dry lately, having us in a true desert environment, but nature hasn’t ended its beautiful array of color and magnificence.

See what I mean?

This little friend, along with us, is keeping a close eye on nature to make sure he isn’t bushwhacked from up above, or from below by other creatures.

Another plant has developed for us and has to perhaps be one of the very tinyest of powder blue flowers, we’ll zoom in on…..

Maybe it’s more a light purple in color.

This one surprised me, so I’m not sure what it developed from…..

.…..and always with one of the many varieties of grasses, also with it’s surprising fascination.

I’m not sure what this one was…..

…but can see it is pretty sharp…..

This one, with its beautiful green leaves impressed me and was photographed early on, and has now developed and shows us its tiny, but very beautiful flower in the following pictures….

To appreciate its beauty you have to zoom way in……..

……..and look inside to see the wonderful colors.

……and we can’t forget the development of CLIFF ROSE, from it’s beautiful flower, and it’s development……

With this one, we see all three of its stages…..

I had seen way up high a deer trail that angled across a very steep, rocky slope and decided to try it to get up to the top. Normal people could have managed it alright, but it got real dicey for me. It doesn’t look so bad in the picture, but it was much worse than it looks, and, coupled with me being pretty tired—you know, when your leg muscles begin to tremble with every step up….or step down.
With my trekking poles I have to continually lean into them, as a fall backwards could be more than dangerous, and I have always advised people on a steep slope you have to lean into the mountain, so that if you fall you fall into the mountain, rather than toppling down the steep slope–which for me and my misaligned spine, would be almost sure DEATH! Such a violent fall could easily shift the vertebrae’s and even cut the spinal chord producing death, or at best paralysis!

Several times in stepping up, my terrible balance problem had me teetering, not sure whether I would go forward, or fall backwards, and it scared the heck out of me–or SCARED SOME SENSE INTO MY THICK SKULL. IT WAS GETTING TOO DANGEROUS FOR ME TO CONTINUE, and so I carefully moved down the mountain.
Moving down had at times my right leg–which had died and lost all of its muscle, but with a lot of work I got it working again, although still far from being as strong as my left leg, but being trembling tired, it at times gave me the impression it could give in and collapse, as happened early on causing my devastating falls that hurt me real bad.

AGAIN CAUTION WAS A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH, and waiting for my BACKPACK TO THE GRANDADDIES became a priority–maybe until after a summer of getting stronger, and hopefully being able to see the GRANDADDIES ONE MORE TIME in late August after the mosquitoes are gone….and if I make that, SET NEW AMBITIOUS GOALS, all helping me persist with life while doing my darndest to accomplish more of something of importance, as I have tried to do all my life….SEE MY TWO BOOKS TO SEE WHAT I MEAN.

The overall experience had me BEING WISE, rather than STUPID, and making the decision I wasn’t quite ready for a 3 day backpack to the GRANDADDIES….YET!

It had me recalling how a year ago with my WALKER I had lengthened out my hikes to actually doing the Half-marathon distance of 13.2 miles all the way from American Fork to Alpine and back.

The night before I DREAMED I HAD FINALLY BEAT THE KENYANS IN THE COBAN INTERNATIONAL HALF-MARATHON…..USING MY WALKER!

MY DREAMS came into focus and I recalled another similar experience I write about in my MAYA BOOK HISTORY, which I’ll insert here for your enjoyment….it dealt with the lake I created on my plantation in Guatemala you see in this picture.

THE STORY:

Eventually we built our swimming area, seen here , and throughout all my years at Valparaiso I tried to keep up my record of always bathing daily in our lake, even once starting an ESKIMO CLUB that to be a member one had to make a dive daily into the lake even when the temperature dropped to freezing—4 times in 35 years!

I eventually installed electric lights in our “balneario” so when I had to bath at night I’d flip the switch and…..

.….take my dip in the dark of night—ALL LIT UP!
“Once when bathing late at night, waist deep in the water, I was ambushed by two guys with guns, but I was ready for them with my 9mm pistol underneath my towel, got the drop on them and they resisted so I had no choice but to shoot them. I then calmly walked home dressed quickly, got my pickup to load their bodies, and drove over past Tactic to a secluded spot and dumped their bodies—as I had been told by the Police and Army to do!”
This was another of many adventures among the MAYA—

THIS ONE IN MY DREAMS!

one of many such warnings given me that had me usually prepared to avoid such deadly encounters.

We’ll for NOW AT LEAST, this picture of me getting to the GRANDADDIES, will also have to BE IN MY DREAMS!

Although, don’t count me out for late August when the mosquitoes are gone!

To pump up for a CHALLENGE like “Getting to the Grandaddies” I watch a couple of the ROCKY movies, and will take the advise of Creed to get back “THE EYE OF THE TIGER!” Yes, as with Rocky, it was said he had “BRAIN DAMAGE” for thinking about becoming the Champion, and it could also be said about me that I have “brain damage” to be thinking about BACKPACKING TO THE GRANDADDIES in my 87th year, but I do claim to be “DETERMINED, but NOT STUPID!”

So, you’ll have to keep tuned into see what happens!

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The last stop on the TOUR was at the West Fork of Smith’s Fork. From there we travel 6 miles further east to the Smith’s Fork, and the CHINA MEADOWS TRAILHEAD. We are 32 miles from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. GET MY BOOK FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

This is the usual jumping off point to head to the RED CASTLE AREA, even though you should recall that I have suggested a wonderful way to get there would be from the East Fork of Blacks Fork Trailhead, and go up above timberline to Bald Mountain and follow that trail to Red Castle. From China Meadows, it will be 14 miles to Red Castle. GET MY BOOK FOR ALL THE DETAILS, INCLUDING TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS. For this TOUR I’ll use pictures from a backpack made in 2008 THAT WAS HISTORIC!

It involved the ORIGINAL THREE BACKPACK BUDDIES, who you see here Me, Ted Packard, and Charlie Petersen, the picture of us in 1954 at the end of a 14 day backpack crossing the entire Primitive Area.

Around 50 years later we went again together on what we called THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY BACKPACK to RED CASTLE. Here we are at the Trailhead.

Here we are at our camp the first night.

This was my “lightweight camp” not using a tent, rather my poncho as a lean-to, and sleeping quilt inside a bivouac bag. This is basically the system I will be using now in my 87th year to backpack again.

Red Castle Peak now comes into view.

Here I am early in my Wilderness Project, camping below Red Castle Peak. This picture was later printed in BACKPACKER MAGAZINE.

On our 2008 backpack, we are swinging around Red Castle Lake, to camp our first night at …….

….. EAST RED CASTLE LAKE.

On that prior trip, probably in 2004, I had caught this very heavy bodied Native Cutthroat trout in East Red Castle Lake. The lake now also has Tiger trout.

From East Red Castle Lake, we came down swinging around the peak, and climbed up to RED CASTLE LAKE found above timberline at 11,267 ft. elevation and have climbed up to near Upper Red Castle Lake to make my camp.

This is my favorite photograph of RED CASTLE LAKE & PEAK on the western side of the mountain, when on July 4th I found Upper Red Castle Lake still frozen over.

Here is Upper Red Castle Lake, at about 11,700 ft. elevation, where in 1962 Ted and I came over the mountain from Porcupine Pass, and dropped in on this high alpine lake and immediately began catching very large Native Cutthroat trout as I mentioned in a previous report.

To get an accurate weight we buried him in a snow drift to take him out uncleaned the next day. On returning to the snow bank all but the tail half had been eaten by some animal. Back home the lighter tail half weighed 3.5 lbs. so we calculated the live weight uncleaned would have exceeded 8 lbs.

RED CASTLE PEAK over Lower Red Castle Lake.

Another of the Peak and lake.

Ted took this picture at the end of our backpack of Charlie and myself. Charlie and Ted wrote the Forward for the High Uinta Mountains book.

I bid farewell to the High Uintas, until next week, with this beautiful scene put together for us by our kind Creator and Lord. Below you will find information about how to get the book, some are calling “THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS.” 

The 730 page digital book is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, but also with HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK THIS SUMMER IN MY 87th YEAR, plus a detailed APPENDIX (among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing), & 14 PAGE INDEXAS WELL AS TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS — get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Or, send $25 for thumb drive that will have the book, plus The History of it’s creation as detailed in a speech I gave at the Utah Valley Historical Society; plus my CHECKERED HISTORY & VISION QUEST–0-22 years. Send to: 

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA: Go to the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION’S website with the final addition from the movie which REVEALS THE ANSWER TO the……

..MOST IMPORTANT PERPLEXING QUESTION IN MY ENTIRE 50 YEAR MAYA HISTORY::

Check out the VERY LAST VERSION of the BOOK with

THE “MODERN AMMON’S” LEGACY!

Download free the BOOK about my life among the Mayans.

 If BOURNE is what attracts your curiosity…and it should, it will best be understood after going through the history where you will find it in Section 29, page 464. 

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OUTCOME of the ACID TEST? Up to BALD MOUNTAIN PASS in the UINTAS with OMINOUS SIGNS! I’ve said, “I’M DUMB…but NOT STUPID! …..So, WHAT HAPPENED? and THE FUTURE?

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL!

I spent a couple of days up around the Bald Mountain Pass in the High Uintas, but consistently had signs of High Altitude problems with low oxygen levels in my blood, as well as persistent High blood pressure, and terrible balance problems when encountering it difficult to hike across snow drifts on the trail..…so, for dumbly trying in my 87th year to actually do an overnight backpack, I’M STILL NOT STUPID, so backed off and will likely try again in a few days the…….

Looks like I haven’t worked hard enough, so will remedy that starting today–after FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION, and do more for a few days and then…….do my darndest to COME FULL CIRCLE from my 1st BACKPACK TO THE GRANDADDIES in 1952–70 YEARS AGO described in the PREFACE to my BOOK, which you should all have to……

……GUIDE YOU ENJOYABLY & SAFELY IN YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:

NOTE: While testing myself, and hoping my vital signs would normalize, I read from the beginning my BOOK, and….even myself found it inspiring and encouraging to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP…..EASILY! I promise….YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!

The 730 page digital book is a Guide for adventuring in the Uintas, but also with HISTORY, LEGENDS, the SURVIVAL STORIES OF THOSE WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT & WHY, plus my 8 SURVIVAL STORIES and WHY I’LL BACKPACK THIS SUMMER IN MY 87th YEAR, plus a detailed APPENDIX (among other things has the Anti-Aging Challenge writing), & 14 PAGE INDEXAS WELL AS TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS WITH ROUTES, DISTANCES & LABELS — get an online copy of this book, some have called THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, send me $20 (don’t be afraid of sending a $20 bill as we aren’t south of the border) along with your email address, and I will immediately email you the link to download the book with my permission to share once with a friend. Or, send $25 for thumb drive that will have the book, plus The History of it’s creation as detailed in a speech I gave at the Utah Valley Historical Society; plus my CHECKERED HISTORY & VISION QUEST–0-22 years. Send to: 

Cordell Andersen, 444 Elm St., American Fork, Utah 84003

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA: Go to the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION’S website with the final addition from the movie which REVEALS THE ANSWER TO the……

..MOST IMPORTANT PERPLEXING QUESTION IN MY ENTIRE 50 YEAR MAYA HISTORY::

Check out the VERY LAST VERSION of the BOOK with

THE “MODERN AMMON’S” LEGACY!

Download free the BOOK about my life among the Mayans.

 If BOURNE is what attracts your curiosity…and it should, it will best be understood after going through the history where you will find it in Section 29, page 464. 

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MID-JUNE 2022 — THE ACID TEST: THE 1st OVERNIGHT BACKPACK IN 4 YEARS, AFTER NOT BEING ABLE TO WALK 18 MONTHS AGO & STILL WITH A MISALIGNED SPINE! IN THE MEANTIME I’ll leave the previous post, but report quickly the OUTCOME OF THE TEST! >>>>The last foothills report, then >>>>THE HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS North Slope tour–also now on my FACEBOOK PAGE–WITH TONS OF HEROES & FISHING! MANY AMAZING SITES of the UNSUNG HERO tie hack’s ghost towns: Then to WEST FORK of SMITHS FORK named for MY HERO “JEDEDIAH SMITH” & his story,–– then off-trail to BALD LAKE & fishing, as well as BEARTOWN & Tom “BEAR RIVER” Smith’s story!

I will drive up to the Bald Pass area on Wednesday, June15, check the oxygen level in my blood for High Altitude problems, more common for those more vulnerable, then sleep in my car, and if all looks good, will do the same small hike I wasn’t ready for last year–to FEHR LAKE, using ultra lightweight backpacking techniques (as I can’t put more than 5 lbs. on my back, rather the remainder in 3 waist packs) get to Fehr Lake and spend the night there, hopefully eating a brook trout or two. The next day return to the Trailhead and home to process the experience and report here and on Facebook, then the goal of THE GRANDADDIES–coming FULL CIRCLE, 70 YEARS AFTER MY INTRODUCTION TO THE GRANDADDIES when 16 in 1952!

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYA: Go to the GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION’S website with the final addition from the movie which REVEALS THE ANSWER TO the……

..MOST IMPORTANT PERPLEXING QUESTION IN MY ENTIRE 50 YEAR MAYA HISTORY::

Check out the VERY LAST VERSION of the MAYA BOOK with

THE “MODERN AMMON’S” LEGACY!

 If BOURNE is what attracts your curiosity…and it should, it will best be understood after going through the history where you will find it in Section 29, page 464. 

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VISIONS OF NATURE…..FROM LAST WEEK:

FIRST, A COUPLE OF HIKES ALONG THE TIMPANOGOS FOOTHILLS & HIKES UP GROVE CANYON WITH TONS OF WONDERFUL

“VISIONS of NATURE”

JUST STICK THE BAG IN YOUR POCKET TO TAKE HOME….& HOPE IT DOESN’T LEAK!!!!

DO YOU REMEMBER THE ABOVE PICTURE FROM ONE OF MY FIRST HIKES UP GROVE CANYON? I SAID WE’D NOTE LATER WHAT WAS TO DEVELOP. So, below HERE IT IS.

MORE WONDERS OF NATURE & SIGNS SUMMER IS HERE….WITH A ROCK SQUIRREL OUT OF HIBERNATION.

NATURE AT WORK WITH MORE SPIDERS IN ONE SCENE THAN WE’VE PROBABLY EVERY SEEN BEFORE.

BELOW, WE SEE HOW IT WILL DEVELOP AS THE SUMMER PROGRESSES.

LOOKING UP AT THE CLIFFS ABOVE US WE REMEMBER

“CLIFF ROSE,”

THAT I TOLD YOU WOULD HAVE A SPECTACULAR DEVELOPMENT AS SEEN IN THE PANELS BELOW.

NOW WE COME TO ANOTHER FOOTHILLS PLANT WITH ITS MAGNIFICENT DEVELOPMENT OVER THE SUMMER…..IT IS:

SPIDER MILKWEED

AND NOW BLOSSOMING

MEADOW SALSIFY

AND, FOR ME ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF OUR FOOTHILL WILDFLOWERS…..

STEPPE SWEETPEA

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NOW TO OUR HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS TOUR on THE NORTH SLOPE

Last time we had got to the East Fork of Blacks Fork Trailhead with wonderful options for some of the best outdoor experience you will ever have. Now ON TO THE WEST FORK OF SMITHS FORK, along with some of the best TIE HACKER SITES IN THE WORLD!

I’M READY TO GO….CAN’T CARRY ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT ON MY BACK….so have on my back only a tiny pack with poncho (also used as my shelter), air mattress, rain parka & fishing equipment — weighing 5 lbs. THEN TWO WAIST PACKS IN FRONT with Nikon camera & accesories, and in the other crucial survival stuff. AND BEHIND MY LUMBAR WAIST PACK with sleeping quilt, and other equipment. TOTAL WEIGHT FOR A SEVERAL DAY BACKPACK=about 20 lbs. (1/4th of that my Nikon camera and lenses).

As I was heading for what I call “JEDEDIAH SMITH COUNTRY” this scene in Heber bid me a LUCKY FAREWELL!

For details, get THE BOOK, but we head for Kamas, and then up the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, then down to the North Slope Road and east to the Blacks Fork River. At the junction to the East Fork of Blacks Trailhead, turn north. In a mile or so you come to this sign pointing east to the Hewinta Guard Station.

But I suggest you take a little detour keeping on the main road for a mile or so, and visit the OLD BLACKS FORK COMMISSARY GHOST TOWN–of course of the TIE HACKERS! See my book for details.

Then return to the Hewinta Road and turn east crossing the river. The road ahead is narrow, with a few rough spots, but not bad. Just be careful of logging trucks.

If you keep a sharp eye out, you will notice in this 6 mile stretch several tie hacker ruins. Check them out and see if you can date them: OLD PERIOD FROM 1867-1880, or NEW PERIOD FROM 1910 – 1935?

At this point and sign there is a road that heads north. In a couple of miles you will come to the Wyoming border, and at that point on the left is:

As Tie Hackers got too old to make railroad ties, or became obsolete due to mechanization, some of them , most of whom didn’t have families to help them, couldn’t take it and this tiny memorial is to them, with 3 marble plaques–which you’ll have to move aside the vegetation to see–Commemorating our “unsung hero’s” lives.

Back at the North Slope Road, just a bit past the junction is this sign to the creek. Up stream is the Tie Hacker site, called The Steel Creek Commissary, where two cabins were dismantled, one of them reconstructed behind the Bear River Forest Service office, and another at the Forest Service office in Mt. View, Wyoming. To get to the archaeological site, continue a little further to the road to the Hewinta Guard Station, and a short distance you come to a road turning towards the site.

On the Forest Service steel post on the right–after you get stuck in the mud–the sign WARNS YOU YOU COULD GET STUCK! Best park and walk the few hundred yards to the site.

Once again, with information I’ve given you in previous posts, or in my BOOK, you can date this site.

Above is seen–tipped over– one of the few outhouses I’ve seen in Tie Hacker ghost towns. If you look closely down to the right in middle of the ruins you will find the outhouse hole all filled up, and nearby the lid to the one-holer. BE CAREFUL WITH THE FILLED UP HOLE….IT MIGHT BE QUITE DEEP!

On that main side-road you will soon come to the HEWINTA GUARD STATION, that on my first trip was being lived in, so I knocked and was lucky to meet BOB & TERESA FASCINELI. By the way, the cabin was built by the Tie Hackers in 1927, and with a few modern updates is still in use.

They live most of the year in Green River, Wyoming. Teresa was then, and at least up to 2016–when I ran into her on the Kings Peak Trail on horseback, works the summers as a Wilderness Ranger using a horse. They were the first to really open my mind to the history of the Tie Hackers, for which I’ll always be grateful. It has made my High Uinta explorations much more interesting and worthwhile, which history in my BOOK, makes it one of the few publications that tell their story and gives them the credit due.

Up the same road a mile or so, you come to what we’ll have to call the “UNOFFICIAL WEST FORK OF THE SMITHS WORK TRAILHEAD.”

At this TRAILHEAD, you can’t miss the first Tie Hacker ruin. Yes the tie hacks are “heroes” but if you didn’t know, my real OUTDOOR HEROE’s name was given to the nearby river–SMITHS FORK of the GREEN RIVER. While still a teenager living in California, my father gave me and my brother, Marlo, a book entitled, HIDDEN HEROES OF THE ROCKIES, and prominent in it is the young man, JEDEDIAH SMITH, who replaced Tarzan as my REAL HERO!

In my HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book, I give a summary of his life–which all by itself is worth the purchase price of the BOOK. On pages 236-242 of my book, among others tells his story. Let me just list briefly a few things this young man who in the main section about his life I call him, “THE MOUNTAIN MAN OF ALL MOUNTAIN MEN!”

  1. He re-discovered South Pass so critical in the development of the west.
  2. Was the 1st man to reach California overland from the American frontier–an amazing journey following basically Interstate 15, attacked by Indians loosing almost all of his men, and all of their horses, then crossing the Mohave Desert on foot.
  3. The first to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains following basically the route of U.S. highway 6 to Utah.
  4. The first to cross the length and width of the Great Basin.
  5. The first to reach Oregon by a journey up the California coast.
  6. Smith, Sublette and Jackson were the first to take wagons to the Rocky Mountains.
  7. He survived the three worst disasters of the American fur trade, the last left him almost alone among 40 dead companions.
  8. He was the first to lead a team of fur trappers on the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains,
  9. He WAS UNIQUE among unbelievably tough mountain men and explorers, famous for CARRYING HIS BIBLE and “DIDN’T USE TOBACCO, LIQUOR, NEVER SWORE, AND STAYED AWAY FROM LOOSE WOMEN!”

Author Dale Morgan in his book about Jedediah, said: “Jedediah made the lone wilderness his place of meditation, the mountain top his altar, and he made religion an active, practical principle, from the duties of which nothing could seduce him. His firm belief that faith must find expression in works emerges……”

He did all of the above and more from the age of 21 when he signed on as “a hunter” with one of the first expeditions to the Rocky Mountains by Ashley and Henry in 1822, then in 1831, as Morgan says to end his book, “……he fell under the spears of savages, and his body has glutted the prairie wolf and none can tell where his bones are bleaching, he must not be forgotten!”

I am doing my best to not let him be forgotten, and have named in his honor the 5th highest peak in Utah calling it MOUNT JEDEDIAH–13,387 ft. high, down the ridge from Kings Peak, and guarding the tiny lake given my name as a youth, “Little Andy Lake.” (page 242) I’ll insert Mt. Jedediah’s picture below.

May be an image of nature, mountain and lake

TO NEVER FORGET MY HERO OF THE CONQUERING OF THE WEST I named 13,387 foot high–5th highest mountain in Utah–

MOUNT JEDEDIAH

It is down the ridge from Utah’s highest, Kings Peak, and at the head of the Uinta River’s Painter Basin, with Trail Rider Pass on the left. The lake is U-75 where I have caught huge brook trout, but even a larger one was caught in Beard Lake up near the pass–that would have been Utah’s record by far. The lake named for me, “Little Andy Lake” is up much higher at 12,302 ft. high we see below.

MOUNT JEDEDIAH is the shadowed mountain on the far right, with Beard Lake at its foot, and Lake Atwood in the distant/middle of the photo.

Our hike to BALD LAKE will follow the route on the above map south until we hit the North Slope Highline Trail, we’ll see in a moment.

But, first we soon are seeing another Tie Hacker site along the trail.

Eventually coming to one with an old Model T-Ford pickup–which by the way I have been told it is now GONE!

Soon after passing the HIGH UINTA WILDERNESS sign, we come to a very important site of what was called…..

….a SPLASH DAM.

The Tie Hackers did most of their work in the winter when they could move the railroad ties more easily using sleds. They would be accumulated behind the SPLASH DAM, waiting for the Spring run-off, when the reservoirs would fill with the ties covering the surface. When all was in readiness, the Tie Hackers would BLOW THE DAM WITH DYNAMITE, and with a……

…..SPLASH!

……..the ties would be washed downstream, herded along by the Tie Hackers who would follow them north into Wyoming where they would be picked up by workers from the Transcontinental Railroad construction.

We have now come to the North Slope Highline Trail, and just a little to the west we leave the trail and go cross-country towards the mountain with snow–which is Bald Peak, and from where in a past report I pictured my daughter Mahana viewing the lake from up above.

The MAHANA picture was taken a week before from up there where the snow drifts are. I’ll insert it below.

At this point it is best to remind all that perhaps a good, if not the best way to Bald Lake is from the East Fork of Blacks Fork Trailhead, as done by my daughter and I–as described in what I call on my website Trip #4. That way is also a great way to get to the Red Castle area, rather than going up Smith’s Fork 14 miles. Each way has it’s advantages. Below the title picture I’ll insert a couple of pictures of this wonderful route to Bald Lake, and to the Red Castle area.

From the East Fork of Blacks Fork Trailhead, it is a steep climb up above timberline–during that climb I took the Title shot looking down on the East Fork of Blacks canyon. Once you make the climb, it is then wonderful hiking to Bald Mountains and Lake, and on to the Red Castle area.

But, back down the trail, and out to the North Slope Road you have a choice to make. You can return the way you came, back to the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, 26 miles, or go north 27 miles to Mountain View, Wyoming, and from there return to Utah on Interstate 80 going through Evanston. Or, if you are doing the 856 MILE AUTO-LOOP TOUR OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS, head east thru China Meadows, etc.

If you choose to go through Mountain View, don’t miss going to the Forest Ranger Station to see the Tie Hacker cabin that came from the Steel Creek Commissary.

Also if you’re going this way, you could also turn off I-80 at the right point to visit another site connected to the Tie Hackers: THE PIEDMONT GHOST TOWN as mentioned below, with full details in the BOOK.

PIEDMONT is a very important ghost town, with kilns used to make charcoal with tie hacker wood. It actually grew at one time to around 11,000 people, even with a hotel where Butch Cassidy once stayed with his gang, and many other fascinating stories, some of which I tell in my book.

You can see in the distance, across the creek, the cemetery and I couldn’t resist so made a visit and photographed every headstone, and a bunch with no name markings. My study showed many children who died in their infancy, indicating that the pioneer life wasn’t easy.

I was surprised noticing that it was still being used, and so made plans to be there on MEMORIAL DAY 2013 to hopefully meet someone from Piedmont–living or dead.

And I actually did meet the woman who had buried her husband there in 1996. She was Kelly Crompton Bussio, and through her I met her mother-in-law, Faye Byrne Crompton, the then 87 year old Matriarch of the family living in Orem, Utah. Faye was raised in Piedmont until graduating from high school, and is a direct descendant of Moses Byrne, founder of Piedmont. All of course explained in my book.

From Piedmont you can return to I-80 and follow it to Evanston, or using my book as a guide, follow County roads to the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, and just a mile or so north you should visit this….Historic turn-out.

Or, if you continue to Evanston, you can return to Utah following the MIrror Lake Scenic Byway, and 10 miles south of Evanston you will see one of several turn-outs with fascinating history, like the one about BEAR RIVER CITY or BEARTOWN, which was described in pioneer times as the site of the “bloodiest battle among white men in the history of Wyoming,” and “The liveliest if not the most wicked town in America!” All connected to the tie hackers.

Below is an old photograph of the town, and in the bottom photo, if you’ll note the two skylines, you’ll see it is the exact location of the town–where it is said, “There are no artifacts.” But of course I found a few, as well as learning the whole story that includes………

…..the life story of the man who became President Eisenhower’s HERO, TOM “BEAR RIVER” SMITH. Tom, as the Marshal, tried to stop the “bloodiest battle” and was wounded, but was nick-named “Bear River” which comes out of the Uintas and passes near the town. From there he went on to be the Marshal in Abilene, Kansas where he was known as “The Bare Knuckle Marshal,” and was finally killed in a shoot-out with crooks. It is said that every time President Eisenhower visited his home-town, Abilene, he would go and put flowers on Tom’s grave. It has been said from my brief recounting of the history in my BOOK, that it would MAKE A GREAT WESTERN MOVIE–and A TRUE ONE!

I hope and pray that you have enjoyed this post, and if so, let others know what I’m doing my darndest to share with all interested.

FOR DETAILS, INCLUDING TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS, ABOUT THIS HIGH UINTA TOUR & SUGGESTED BACKPACK/EXPLORATION, PLUS AN 89 PAGE GUIDE TO DO THE 856 MILE AUTO-LOOP TOUR, & MUCH MORE…..

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THE PLAN IS TO THIS WEEK KEEP WORKING ON GETTING STRONGER & DEVELOPING MY BALANCE WHICH I LOST ALMOST COMPLETELY–and by EARLY NEXT WEEK DRIVE UP THE MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY, CHECKING UP ON THE BALD MT. PASS HOW MY OXYGEN LEVEL IS–and if it’s a bit low, camp out in my car for a day until it normalizes.

THEN DO THE SAME HIKE I TRIED LAST YEAR TO FEHR LAKE–just a half mile, but THIS TIME GET PAST THAT ROCKY AREA I WASN’T READY TO DO YET–BUT AM NOW and GET TO THE LAKE AND CAMP, EAT A FEW BROOK TROUT, and return the Trailhead.

IF THAT GOES WELL, I WILL LIKELY DO ANOTHER OVERNIGHTER perhaps from the PASS LAKE TRAILHEAD TO SCOUT LAKE.

I WILL THEN REPORT WHAT FOR ME ARE MONUMENTAL ATTEMPTS AS 18 MONTHS AGO I COULDN’T EVEN WALK & HAD NO MUSCLES LEFT IN MY LEGS.

IT’S NOT MUCH, BUT I ACTUALLY NOW SEE A BIT OF MUSCLE–ENOUGH TO GET SORE AFTER A GOOD HIKE, SO PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A PICTURE WHEN MY LEGS WERE SHOCKINGLY JUST BONE!

THEN I HOPE, BEFORE JULY & THE ONSLAUGHT OF MOSQUITOES, TO DO A HISTORIC BACKPACK TO….

THE GRANDADDIES!

THE HIKE TO HADES PASS & DOWN TO THE LAKE MIGHT TAKE ME ALL DAY, BUT I WANT TO SEE ONE MORE TIME THE AMAZING SPAWN OF THE NATIVE CUTTHROAT TROUT UP THE 3 CREEKS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE LAKE & REPORT HERE WITH SPECTACULAR PHOTOS!

THEN? WHO KNOWS…..BUT SET ANOTHER GOAL & DO MY DARNDEST and REPORT!

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