Native American Burial Ceremony for Ralph Thomas
October 14, 2006


   
Wild Bill Cady in a Mercedes 320 made the drive up into the mountains from Placerville quite enjoyable

 
 
 
Up into the El Dorado National Forest, Highway 88

 
 
 
Silver Lake

 
Caples Lake

 
 
 
First Stop, just above Caples Lake on the Old Emigrant Trail where Ralph Thomas used to camp often

 
 
The first ceremony, a meal blessing
 
Native American Shaman, Martin Martinez
 with Ron Nagotte of Stateline Productions video taping

 
 
 
 
 
 
The food offering, Ralph's favorite meal of lamb and vegetables made by his wife, Jacqui

 
Jacqui and her friend Rebeka with Charlotte Whipple

 
Life-long friend of Ralph's, Gail Wallace

 
 
The food offering, after blessing, was placed on the ground with some of Ralph's ashes to return him to the forest through the forest animals

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We returned to Caples Lake Lodge before heading up the mountain to Sneider Ridge

 
 
 
 
The road up to Sneider Ridge, one of Ralph's favorite camping spots was open

 
 
 
The huge boulders on Sneider Ridge

 
 
 
 
 
Ron Whipple explains to Jacqui and Rebeka the use of the "chip flipper"

 
 
 
 
 
Ron explains how we used to hunt for grind holes in granite boulders to locate Indian summer hunting camps

 
 
 
 
 
Jacqui prepares to spread some of Ralph's ashes around the woods he loved

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The view of Caples Lake from Sneider Ridge, near the tree line at 9,000 feet

 
 
 
 
 
The group dined at the Kirkwood Inn Saturday night

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The view from Kit Carsen Pass

 
 
 
 
   
 
 
The trek down the hill back towards Placerville

 
 
 
 
 
Poor Red's Bar-B-Que, home of the Gold Cadillac

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