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PAUL BRAGSTAD 1972

Paul Bragstad

Paul Bragstad

Paul had met Frankie Tacker and Jon Lind at a Meyer Baba retreat. They told him about the Lodge and Paul applied for a job. He was given the job of tutoring our three children. The schoolhouse was in my parent’s cabin which they only used in the summer. Michael Rewald, who became Paul’s friend, arrived about the same time with Friends World College. Paul liked to hike and undertook an epic trip while he was at the Lodge. He tried to walk from Flower Ridge to Della Falls. He returned exhausted and not having reached his goal. It is never a good idea to hike alone in Strathcona Park.

The mountains are much more challenging than people think because their height is frequently underestimated. What people sometimes think is that 7,200 feet is not much. What they forget is that these mountains rise almost from sea level and have all the different bio-geoclimatic zones kind of compressed (but still there). I remember it snowing when I was on Flower Ridge in August. Several hikers who were hiking alone in Strathcona Park have died. Fortunately, none of them were associated with the Lodge.

Jamie, Annie and Liz

Jamie, Annie and Liz

My children loved Paul. He was an excellent teacher and a lot of fun. He not only taught them well but also kept them busy and involved in activities. When it was wet they sometimes played ping-pong in the downstairs room in the old Lodge. Paul built a Japanese teahouse while he was here. He returned some years later to find that someone had added a wall and beensleeping in his teahouse. He returned it to its former state and no one dared to sleep in it again! We kept in touch and visited with him over the years. Paul now has two grown daughters who have visited the Lodge with their dad.

Paul’s Japanese teahouse

Paul’s Japanese teahouse