Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Nice February Day

Today after our usual early morning Spin Class, I took Ginger to Schram's Wood as is our usual routine. I always visit my camp site (PS) when we are in the woods. Today a made a quick fire even though the sun had come out and the temperature was approaching 60 degrees. I just like making fires. Ginger stays nearby as she explores this and that and I enjoy some fire making and solitude.

Today there was a huge vulture at the deer carcasses. It jumped into a tree as we walked past and Ginger didn't know what to make of it. I didn't let her approach and I don't think she really wanted to anyway.

After a quick fire and some work on the site, it was time to go. The vulture still was munching on the rotting deer but Ginger still didn't want to go near the big bird.

On Friday, we had a nice rain going and I went to the PS to try the Mini Inferno product in less than perfect conditions. I was successful, but it took a bit more work than usual. Here is a video of the task.

Spring is near. I'm pretty much ready for it.

I'll see you in the woods...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring is on its way

This morning the temperature stood at 56 degrees at 7 am. It feels good. I have stated many times that I like living in an area that has four seasons and I like something about each season and like to see them change.

This winter hasn't been too hard, but I felt an extra spring in my step and a little flutter in my stomach that tells me I like the current change. The warm air just feels good.

I think it is heading towards 70 today, so I will try to take some advantage of that, since it appears this is just temporary and by Sunday we will be back to the high 30s.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mini Inferno Test

I put together a little video that tested out a new fire starting product to see how easy it was.

Check it out.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Self Reliant Traveller

In my job, I travel a lot. Usually on a plane to the other side of the country. Since I started getting serious about bush craft and self reliance, I try to always be prepared for any occurrence and having a few tools always helps, but I also realize I don't have to have every tool in the box as my knowledge and skills develop.

I have been steadily trying to put something together that I can get through security with no problem, but that would help me if needed during an emergency.

My key chain has become an EDC. I have a very small knife that hasn't had a problem getting through security yet, a small fire steel, small pin light and a 4 way whistle (compass, magnifying glass and thermometer). There is also a set of pace beads that I made from paracord.

I usually pack a few other things that I throw into a little bag like duct tape and a bandanna and I plan on adding a few things to make my airline travel kit fairly complete.

Once through security, the key chain goes in my pocket and the other items are at my feet. If we are evacuating I will make every attempt to grab that bag and throw it out in front of me.

Once I add a drum liner inside a zip-lock bag wrapped in about 30 foot of paracord, my kit should be complete.

Knowing more and needing less is always the goal, but if you have some gear, everything is a little bit easier.