THE LS KIDS AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Once, long ago, there was an Indian chief named Wisamek, who sought the love of a beautiful young maiden. Although he was old and past his prime, he made a trip to a wise man, to find the location of an underground spring said to revive youth....
Hundreds of years later, Lou discovered the story in a book at his job, and read about Chief Wisamek, and how he found the fountain of youth, and how it eventually led to his death.
And thus, the Lost Solace Kids set forth on an adventure to find the location of this fountain of youth from Indian legend.
On August 26, Lou, Biz Albright, Tiffany Allen, and Kristen Withers went to Mifflin County, on a quest to discover the spring, which Lou had narrowed down to Rothrock State Forest.
They stopped for lunch and had sandwiches and chips at the base of an old fire tower that Lou had visited with a friend several years ago, and had a picnic on the grass beneath. Sadly, the tower was no longer climbable---The stairs has been removed, presumably for safety purposes.
After lunch, the Kids went down to the trailhead of the Indian Trail, thought to lead to the top of the mountain. However, the trail turned out to be a driveway. So Lou and the Kids decided to follow what seemed to be an old deer trail.
After the trail disappeared, they headed further into the woods. Having climbed a ways up the mountain, they took a bearing and headed on. Then Lou gasped loudly. They were stopped dead in their tracks by a poisonous copperhead. So Lou and the Kids turned around and headed back downhill.
On the way back, they discovered a spring that didn't appear on any maps, and flowed out of the ground and downhill for about ten yards. Near the spring, they found an arrowhead. The spring, they believe, comes from the same source as the fountain....Making this trip a successful one.
-Biz Albright, Staff
-Kristen Withers, Staff
-Tiffany Allen, Assistant
On August 4, Lou's family received it's newest member.
It was the day of the annual butterfly release at the Heisey Museum. During the setup, Lou got a call from Anne, Executive Director of the museum. It was urgent; someone had just abandoned a little Pug puppy on her property.
After the release, Lou, his wife, and I rushed to Anne's house to get the Pug. For Michelle it was love at first sight, and Anne had already named the little dog. Thus, Gueneveire became a members of the family, another of Lou's furry children.
RHYME AND REASON
In Case You Once Forgot
Some things will never change.
Some things will never get fixed.
Some things will never heal.
And some people just can't forget.
And maybe some just won't forgive.
But no matter what.
I still have till the next breath I take,
To get over my pride and laugh.
And to live on with MY life.
And not live in the regrets of yesterday,
You only have till the next moment.
The JJJ Is:
Assistant Leaders: Tiffany Allen, Debbie Benfield
President: MarKel Wheeland
Vice-President: Meghan Rockey
Secretary: Cris Miller
Staff: Shelby Sander, Lacey Richner, Biz Albright, Mike Schedin, Robin Prescott, Kristin Withers, Kaitlin Bottorf, Ida Yost
Distant Correspondents: MacKenzie Brundage, Regina Spence, Shadow Snow, Chelsey Crouchley, Goth Lizz
Foreign Bureau: Janice Marco
Hundreds of years ago, an Indian chief in what is now Berks County traveled across the state to find the Fountain of Youth. This month, the Kids and I tried the same thing. Granted, it made more sense when the chief did it—A bunch of teenagers don't much care about staying young, but they thought it was a cool quest anyway. We also didn't try to retrace his exact steps—The Indians didn't have to deal with gas at three dollars a gallon.
We went straight there, and hiked up the hillside to find the Fountain of Youth. The Kids enjoyed it—They always do, on these adventures. How many teenagers get to go on these quests? The LS Kids have been on various adventures to find the Holy Grail, an Indian burial ground, various ghosts and treasures. I'm pretty certain we're the only teen group to go out and find the Fountain of Youth.
When the Indian chief found it, he soaked in it and it turned him young. He went home and married a young Indian woman. But he still acted old. While the other braves were having all sorts of fun hunting and killing each other, he was sitting around saying things like,"That's not how we did it in my day."
So the chief went back for a second dose. But this time, when he soaked in the spring, it killed him. (His bride, however, married another guy and lived happily ever after.) Important lesson here: Don't get all greedy.
We had a good time, out looking for it. We did find a spring matching the description from the story, halfway up the mountain. So Biz, Kristen, and I all stopped to take pictures and look at the spring for a while—Our Fountain of Youth.
Kristen and I stopped to fill up our bottles, getting water from the same source. And we held up our bottles before leaving, and tapped them together. "Cheers," Kristen said.
"Glad you joined the Kids," I said, and we drank.
We brought some back for Biz, Tif, Robin, and Katie B. Everyone got to share in the water. Does it really work? I don't guess it matters. We spent some time together, went on an adventure, learned some stuff, and had fun together. That's the whole point.
We discussed it on the way back. And I suggested that maybe, just maybe, our drinks of water would work the opposite way from what they did to the Indian chief.
"Maybe, instead of the way they affected him," I explained,"They'll do the other thing to us. Maybe we'll look older eventually, but keep acting young for the rest of our lives."
"Hell," said Kristen,"We were gonna do that anyway."
-Young at heart, and a few other places