Daniel's Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Great Spirit Path

Guestbook

This guestbook allows people to comment on my undertaking. I put lots of thought into picking my project and planning my fundraising hike. It would be great to hear from other people what they think about any aspect of it. So please take a minute and share your thoughts with me.

You can also email me directly at [email protected] if you would like to send a private message that is not published here.

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23 Comments

Reply Keith Stringfellow
2:43 PM on June 3, 2016 

Hello Daniel,

 

As I was researching SPOT for our Scout trek this summer in the High Sierras I came across your website. You did a wonderful job detailing your trip with words and pics that would make anyone want to share a similar experience. I am touched by your wonderful relationsip with your father and brother that you expressed through your experience together. What an awesome bonding time. I'm going to pass on your website to our troop as an inspiration for others. As I'm sure your father felt, I too am looking forward to our trek this summer with my son and some other Scouts. We are heading south from Mammoth Lakes and connecting with the JMT near Duck Lk then heading north to Mineret and Thousand Island Lk, an upper loop then concluding at Agnew Mdws. I was glad to hear about hot showers near Devils Postpile. So glad to hear about your Eagle project as well.

 

God bless you for your desire to serve and encourage others,

 

Keith Stringfellow

 

SM Troop 690, Julian, CA

Reply Zocher
2:48 PM on July 20, 2013 

People should not ruin and steal bycicle and things

Reply Daniel
1:54 PM on March 13, 2012 

Colin,

You are lucky to go on the JMT. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Fishing was a wonderful part of our overall experience on the trail. Here are some tips

1) Go as light as possible. We are by now using Tenkara poles (google it) to fish in the Sierra (around 3 oz). Last summer we caught plenty of trout to eat dinner every day.
2) Cleaning. We use the smallest Swiss Army knife (less than 1 oz)
3) Cooking. We use a Zia Titanium grill (less than 1 oz) to grill the trout on the hot coal of a burnt down fire.
4) Seasoning. We use "Lemon & Pepper" and rub it into the insides of the trout after cleaning it. But even when we ran out, the fresh trout tasted great without it.

Enjoy your trip!

Reply Colin
10:36 AM on March 13, 2012 

Daniel,

Reading your trip report of the JMT trail was awesome and the pictures were great as well. It's wonderful that you had such a rewarding experience with your brother and father. I'm hiking the trail this summer and I had a few questions about your trip that would really help me out.

You did a lot of great fishing on the trail. How did you cook the fish (grill, alc stove, open fire)? Clean it? Any preperation (seasoning, etc.)? You said one time you cooked on a rock... I would really like to do as much fishing as you did and any tips on the process would be of great help.

Thanks and nice work! 

Reply Pilate
11:55 AM on March 7, 2011 

Daniel,


You are a big inspiration to me!  I've enjoyed reading up your journey here.  Excellent job documenting and planning.  Thanks.

Reply Judith Jones
9:16 AM on September 20, 2010 

Hi Daniel,  Nick and I walked the Great Spirit Path this weekend, and really appreciated the signs to help us interpret each part of the sculpture.  Congratulations on the vision to design such a great project, and the persistence and determination to make all the pieces come together.  Thank you for doing this for us all to enjoy - I hope you raise this last bit of money!!

Reply Kristi Breisch
12:51 AM on September 20, 2010 

Congratulations!  Great work!  I was very impressed with your presentation at our Parks and Recreation Commission meeting a few months - just took another look at your website.  LOVE the photos and information about each rock formation.  Thank you so much for considering this project, putting a plan together, getting the right groups of people to suport it, and implementing your plan - getting it done!  EXCELLENT!  Nice young men  doing some great service that their entire community will enjoy and learn from!

Thank You!

Kristi Breisch

MP Parks and Rec Commissioner

Reply Christopher List
11:36 AM on September 6, 2010 

Thanks to you and all of your firends who helped for the great work you have done placing sign-;posts, and trail clearing along the Great Spirit Path at Bedwell-Bayfront Park in the city of Menlo Park.  You have every reason to be proud of what you have done.  Excellent job.  Thank you.  Chris

Reply Brad Lopacinski
11:53 PM on August 19, 2010 

Nice job on the website and congrats on completing your JMT hike.  We checked out your hike report and it was a great read.  Our donation has been made so we hope it helps get you a little closer to your goal.  Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you soon......Brad, Franny and AJ Lopacinski


P.S. Enjoy your Eagle Project, let me know what I can do to help and as always, "Do your best!!".

Reply Gisela
7:26 AM on August 18, 2010 

Hi Daniel,

this is a great website! I wish you all the best for your project.

I love you!

Your Mom

 

Daniel says...

 

I It never appeared to me to post a comment in my own guest book, but now I realize this is a good way to reach out to all the people who look at my website. I just wrote the following email (in blue) to all the people who donated money to my project and thus allowed me to work already during the summer on my project before I even started my fundraising hike. That was a tremendous, unbelievable support, that took me by surprise. I deeply appreciate the trust people put in me.

This Saturday I will finally start hiking the JMT. I can't wait and I'm totally excited. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and thank you to everyone who shows interest in my project!

 

How can I say in an email how excited I'm and how thankful for your support? I will try my best.

Let me start with: THANK YOU!!!! It is so great to get all this support for my Eagle Scout project from all over the world. When I started my website I thought it would be a good way to reach people in my community. I had no idea that American soldiers in Iraq, backpackers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and 27 other states, people in Japan, Canada, and five European countries would be interested in my project to enhance "The Great Spirit Path".

Thanks to your support I have already been able to purchase a lot of the material that is needed. Our backyard has become a lumber yard and I work every free minute on the project (when I'm not working as a life guard at our public pool). With the help of many volunteers I was able to get all 53 posts done. A big step for me was to learn to delegate tasks. At first I wanted to do everything myself to make sure it is perfect. Now I trust other people to do the best job they can -- and they are great. So far my volunteers have mainly come from my family. My four little sisters are by now great in staining 4x4s, my dad knows not only the way to Home Depot in his sleep, but also what can be found in which aisle, my brother does perfect 45 degree cuts for the 4x4s with the miter saw, my stepmom is a way better designer for signs than I'm. It is all coming together very nicely.

Now that I have the posts done, I still need to purchase the aluminum signs that have to be mounted on the posts, dig 53 holes , buy concrete and cement the posts into the ground. I will start that work when I return from my fundrasing hike along the JMT. Depending on how many volunteers I can motivate to show up for digging holes and setting the posts I hope to complete the project by October.

This weekend I will start on my fundraising hike -- over 200 miles along the John Muir Trail. I will carry a personal locator beacon (SPOT) that transmits my location every 10 minutes. That way you can follow my progress on the internet. Just go to my website at http://daniels-eagle-scout-project.webs.com/trackmyprogress.htm and click on "my location data". That way you can see where I'm on the JMT. You can even compare that to my "Day by Day Plan" that is also on my website and see whether I'm behind or ahead of schedule.

Thank you again for all your support!

Sincerely,

Daniel

P.S.: Please consider to put my link http://daniels-eagle-scout-project.webs.com on your Facebook, share this email with your friends or otherwise make people aware of my efforts. It would be so great to return from my fundraising hike on August 15th and be able to purchase the rest of the material and get right to work.

Reply Barbara & Alix
12:28 AM on August 16, 2010 

It was great meeting you and your brother and father at Muir Trail Ranch and reading from your father how you watched the meteor shower from Mt Whitney.  We wish you the best of luck in your project.  Cheers!  Barbara & Alix

Reply Daniel
12:47 PM on August 14, 2010 

Norm,

Thank you for your support! We spent the night of August 11 on top of Mt. Whitney. First we watched the sunset, then we stayed up there to watch the most incredible meteor shower I have ever seen and finally we watched the sunrise. It was very cold on top of the mountain, but it was such an incredible finish of our JMT trek. I will never in my life forget how we were all laying on our back (my dad cuddled between me and my brother), trying to stay warm and counting falling stars. The unobstructed 360 view of the clear sky with metor after metor falling down was just awesome.

Reply Norm Peterson
9:50 AM on August 14, 2010 

Daniel, my son and I leap-frogged you for a number of days on the JMT.  We successfully completed our trek on August 11.  I hope you too have successfully achieved your hiking goal.  You and your family are a wonderful inspiration.  We wish you great success as you raise the funds necessary for your Eagle project.  I look forward to visiting Menlo Park some time in the future and seeing the results of your efforts on the Great Spirit Path.  Congratulations on your pending Eagle Scout status.


...Norm Peterson (Elwood, Utah)

Reply Cassie
2:53 PM on July 30, 2010 

Hay, Daniel!

my dad and i went to Yosemite yesterday looking for you(kinda...) we were at curry village, like 2000 feet below you, but we couldn't see you! :lol: 

trip safely!!!!

-Cassiethesister

Reply matt Klein
1:46 AM on July 23, 2010 

Hey daniel i am a15yr life scout with troop 457 in sunnyvale california. Like you starting the 27th me and my dd will be hiking the jmt the same way you and your dad are.  We are hiking it a little faster so we should see you along the way it would be cool to see you out on the trail

THanks and hike safe

Matt

Reply Binghai
7:37 PM on July 21, 2010 

Hi, Daniel


I knew you and your project from my friend Susan Dunlap, when I arrived in US only 2 weeks. From the beginning I am surprised by your  idea and the encouragement from the community. Your people are self motivated and given enough freedom and support to realized their dreams here, different from Asian culture. 

Today, Susan tells me you have made great progress. I am happy to see it. I hope I will visit that park sometime to see your perfect work.

Best,

Binghai





Reply Daniel
7:10 PM on July 21, 2010 

I It never appeared to me to post a comment in my own guest book, but now I realize this is a good way to reach out to all the people who look at my website. I just wrote the following email (in blue) to all the people who donated money to my project and thus allowed me to work already during the summer on my project before I even started my fundraising hike. That was a tremendous, unbelievable support, that took me by surprise. I deeply appreciate the trust people put in me.

This Saturday I will finally start hiking the JMT. I can't wait and I'm totally excited. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and thank you to everyone who shows interest in my project!

 

How can I say in an email how excited I'm and how thankful for your support? I will try my best.

Let me start with: THANK YOU!!!! It is so great to get all this support for my Eagle Scout project from all over the world. When I started my website I thought it would be a good way to reach people in my community. I had no idea that American soldiers in Iraq, backpackers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and 27 other states, people in Japan, Canada, and five European countries would be interested in my project to enhance "The Great Spirit Path".

Thanks to your support I have already been able to purchase a lot of the material that is needed. Our backyard has become a lumber yard and I work every free minute on the project (when I'm not working as a life guard at our public pool). With the help of many volunteers I was able to get all 53 posts done. A big step for me was to learn to delegate tasks. At first I wanted to do everything myself to make sure it is perfect. Now I trust other people to do the best job they can -- and they are great. So far my volunteers have mainly come from my family. My four little sisters are by now great in staining 4x4s, my dad knows not only the way to Home Depot in his sleep, but also what can be found in which aisle, my brother does perfect 45 degree cuts for the 4x4s with the miter saw, my stepmom is a way better designer for signs than I'm. It is all coming together very nicely.

Now that I have the posts done, I still need to purchase the aluminum signs that have to be mounted on the posts, dig 53 holes , buy concrete and cement the posts into the ground. I will start that work when I return from my fundrasing hike along the JMT. Depending on how many volunteers I can motivate to show up for digging holes and setting the posts I hope to complete the project by October.

This weekend I will start on my fundraising hike -- over 200 miles along the John Muir Trail. I will carry a personal locator beacon (SPOT) that transmits my location every 10 minutes. That way you can follow my progress on the internet. Just go to my website at http://daniels-eagle-scout-project.webs.com/trackmyprogress.htm and click on "my location data". That way you can see where I'm on the JMT. You can even compare that to my "Day by Day Plan" that is also on my website and see whether I'm behind or ahead of schedule.

Thank you again for all your support!

Sincerely,

Daniel

P.S.: Please consider to put my link http://daniels-eagle-scout-project.webs.com on your Facebook, share this email with your friends or otherwise make people aware of my efforts. It would be so great to return from my fundraising hike on August 15th and be able to purchase the rest of the material and get right to work.

Reply Randy Spratt
11:04 PM on July 18, 2010 

Daniel, I saw your dad's post on the Yahoo JMT group with a link to your website. I will be hitting the trail Sept 7, so our paths won't cross, but I wanted to wish you the best of luck on your journey. I'll check back to read about your adventure. Completing this trail will be an amazing accomplishment in it's own right, but I would be happy to help support your project as a bonus! 


Randy Spratt

Reply Hannah
9:25 PM on June 30, 2010 
Dear Daniel, Great job on the website. I like your Eagle Scout project and can't wait to see all the signs at Bayfront Park. Good luck with your project and your hike. Your little sister, Hannah
Reply Susan Dunlap
4:01 PM on June 17, 2010 

Daniel,


Good work.  No, GREAT WORK.  Your solution will eclipse the need for the brochure, providing a permanent and helpful alternative.


A Chinese friend of mine has posted your site on his blog, telling his friends in China about this project.  For him, it represents the circle of life – old and young collaborating, and natural stone and Native American culture woven together as well.  He is happy for both of us. 


He told his friends how young people in America are encouraged to become involved in innovative, cooperative work. He was particularly impressed with how we are encouraged to think freely about life’s possibilities, and to pursue goals of our own construction.  These thoughts are new to him, and I believe he considers them as empowering elements of our culture.


Thank you, and I wish you the very best. 


May you continue to thrive.


Susan Dunlap