I'll never ever forget laying on the ground under my overhang, covered by my woolen blanket next to my personal fire. Even though I could feel warmth from the flames, I was still very very cold. I would just lay there and wait for sunrise. My body was facing North, and I had a clear view of the North Star, and the Big Dipper just beside. Through the embers of the firelight, I would lay there and watch the fixed Polaris, with Ursa Major pivoting around it, completing a near full circle. As the Big Dipper came close to the horizon, I knew that dawn was eminent, and I would soon feel the warm sun rays. At dawn, I'd walk down to the Escalente River and fill my coffee can. On the way back up the hill, I would collect some sprigs of Brigham Tea, Ephedra viridis, and then prepare a breakfast of ashcakes and warm tea to start my day. For the first four days I had a little honey to put on my cakes. At 37-111 (lat/lon) were my first experiences of heaven.
I thank God for that wonderful experience, parents who encouraged me and help make this happen, and for the people who ran the program, specifically Larry Dean Olson, author of Outdoor Survival Skills, foreward by Robert Redford, ISBN 13: 978-1556523236, the founder of BYU's Youth Leadership 480 program, and my class D-12. I would also like to thank my program director Doug Nelson and my local Fort Worth buddy Bobbie Baird. I also have to thank my father,Karl L. Koerner who was a course graduate in 1976. This program is still ongoing, but under the direction of Boulder Outdoor Survival School, or B.O.S.S.