If you’re in IA and have passed a young man walking down the road with a golf club cart . . . without the clubs . . . you have had the honor of passing Dan Ross. Dan is the young musician who has decided to “find himself” in a most unique manner. He will be walking from IA to the OR coast to raise awareness of the needs of young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Dan experienced one learning experience before he set out. He suffered what he believed to be a knee injury. In reality, it was a hip problem that caused his gait to be faulty, which then injured the knee. The result is several life lessons: preparation is important in any endeavor, even the most exciting; life will always throw us curve balls – adaptability is essential (hence the club cart for his backpack rather than his back); nature is even more capricious than life – things like hail can fall from the sky so having a shelter to wait out the storm safely can be a life saver.
You see, this endeavor has taken me along a philosophical route. But I will update you a bit in the particulars of this walk as well.
As Dan walks through IA, he is fortunate to have the hospitality of the Rodemeyer home. Lu’Ella Rodemeyer has picked Dan up from his stopping place for the night then returned him to that spot the next day to continue his walk. Another lesson: Friends are essential in life. They can mean the difference between success and failure. They can nurse us through our injuries and pain. Rather than the isolation of a solo journey, Dan is finding the companionship of friends (new and old) is a blessing on the road.
In Dan’s last Facebook post of June 15th, he said,
A BIG THANK YOU to Lu and Dan Rodemeyer, Dan Winkowitsch, and Kurt and Corky Wolf for giving me a place to stay, feeding me and making me feel at home as I journey westward through Iowa! Without your help I would not have made it this far.
So Dan has about 250 miles under his belt thus far. And already lessons have been learned — or at least been available for the learning. Imagine what the next approximately 1750 miles will bring!
If you want to follow Dan’s progress on a more detailed basis, check out the Facebook group Dan Ross Walks to the Pacifichttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_125643704165866&ap=1
If you prefer a brief synopsis, stick with this blog. I will continue to follow Dan’s progress and well as provide my philosophical take on his experiences.
If you want to donate to the cause that Dan hopes to raise funds for as he raises awareness of the youth needs on Pine Ridge Reservation, go to the ONE Spirit website: http://nativeprogress.org