Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Guest Post by Sourdough

Sourdough lives in Alaska. He's a real survivalist and knows his way around the bush. My opportunity to meet him came in August 2013. We've stayed in touch. If you wish to see my interview with him, check out  my My Youtube channel.


Sadly, neither group has true intimacy with the wilderness. Both are basically fearful of being alone in the raw wilderness for long periods. Environmentalist-type people today are more interested in being accepted into a social group, donating money, and spouting feel'good mantras than living alone in and exploring the ecosystems.

Hunters today have zero interest in an extended intimate relationship with the awesome majesty of raw wilderness. They want to spend as little time in the wilderness as is necessary so as to kill a majestic animal, for whom they have little if any respect, little if any honor, and are primarily satisfied, no more than satisfied......they are gleeful that their friends will see them as more of a real MAN.

It seems that everyone "Wants" from the wilderness.........Sad that so very, very few are willing to just be naked & alone with the wilderness. Sadly for many, the wilderness is just a terrifying place that they are compelled to enter so as the complete their punch-card.

You hear the "So-called" Hunter say', "I Got my Black Bear, I Got my caribou, I "NEED" to get my moose and a Grizzly......then my punch-card will be complete and I will not have to be cold, wet, miserable and afraid in the wilderness again, I sure hope those are enough animals harvested, so that other men will see me as a "Real-Man' ".

You hear the environmentalist say', "I've done the Resurrection Creek trail, the Crescent Creek trail, the Bird Creek trail.......only seven more trails and I will be one'hell-ava environmentalist.....I'll still give $40.00 a month to save the tundra foundation".

Mostly this whole thing is insecure people, searching for the badges to fill their sash. I could respect either group and/or both groups if they truly LOVED, Honored, and were willing to be "at one with the wilderness". Not as a visitor, but as a comfortable part, and intimate part of the Majestic Awesome Wilderness. God is there, if people would spend the time not in a quest, but simply BEING at one in the wilderness.

Sad, So Very Sad...............

-D. V.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Update on Motorhome Living

So the Geo is no more. I bought a Mirage Mitsubishi to tow behind my home. I'll have to use either a dolly or a trailer. Stay tuned as I continue on the steep learning curve.

Yesterday, I added four stabilizing jacks to the mix. Can't believe the difference they made. Each jack is rated for 6,000 pounds, which is actually half of what  my class A weighs. I learned, you must find a solid metal junction to set it under, or the tension will eat into the frame.
However, once I had all in place, I noticed a distinct difference in how the floor felt. As I crossed from living room to bedroom, it didn't bounce or sway. Plus, even in high wind, the thing no longer rocks and the framed artwork hanging on the wall stays put.
Each outside storage space was inventoried and assigned gear. The one by my door holds the folding ladder and canvas chairs.
I also bought a swimming noodle. when the awning is raised, this sliced noodle will be threaded over the door to prevent ripping the awning.

As I've also learned, fixing stuff is very expensive on a motor home. Preventative measures are key to keeping all in order and loving my seasonal gypsy lifestyle. I can see living off the grid on BML  or forest service land for weeks or months. The generator works great, as do the air conditioners. Both run on gas. Once my tank, 75 gallon capacity, is down to a quarter, the generator will not work. This safety feature makes sure I can get out of the boonies and locate more gas.

So far so good in the survivalist world. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Main Stream Survival

Well, I guess you know its in style to be a survivalist when you see Costco's Spring flyer offering online specials like "Food and Fuel Ultimate Food Storage". This product is described:
950 servings of fruits, vegetables and entrees and 120 packets Ready Fuel. A well balanced food storage and emergency supply. Only $379 after $70 off.

Not a bad price, actually.
You can also buy a bucket of 180 servings of mac and cheese mix in resealable  pouches for only $74.99. And that's delivered.

You don't have to do it yourself anymore. Credit cards and UPS will help you get all this together.

Enormous stashes of Mountain House Granola with milk and blueberries, namely 6 ten# cans, can be had for $139.99 after $30 rebate.

Ok. I'll be honest. I worked at a hospital post Y2k. Some of you don't remember that scam. "They" had many believing that when the calendar turned to the new century, 2000, all computers, including airlines, cash registers, ad nauseum, would go down. An End of the World as we know it, real time.
Of course, that never happened. I simply told folks in case the 'calendar grid' went down, I had a hammer and jar of peanut butter. You're telling me, I'd say, that we can go to the moon, but we can't tell computers how to accept a new millennium?

Bottom line, the hospital had stacks of dehydrated food. Once it became clear the y2k thing was a hoax designed to sell trailer loads of toilet paper to worried housewives, they sold that food, really cheap. I used it backpacking. Took a lot of rehydration and fuel, but it was edible. Barely. Gave me the farts.

So mainstream survivalism is now in the works. Check the freshness dates. Split a case with friends and check it out before going whole hog. Me, I've got rice and beans and flour. Just like old times used to do.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crisco Candle Update-Post Rain Down

Due to technical difficulties, my recent You Tube video contains only raw footage. My Movie Maker refused to do audio, so, here it is with the promised test results. I have to admit, I initially thought the rain water had evaporated and/or become a non issue. I got the candle burning, then set the pot on it. Put a lid on the pot. A few minutes later I came to check it.
The flame had died! I removed the pot and saw a pool of liquid, which I presumed to be all shortening. Apparently not. I couldn't light it, no matter how many kitchen matches I used.
After a great deal of effort, I gave up and threw it away. I'd rather not have anything at all than something that appears to function. If I don't have anything, I will get something. If I have something I figure will work, I might wait until its too late to find out its junk.
As a survivalist, I believe testing your gear and your systems before SHTF is prudent. Head knowledge is way different than hard core, in the field knowledge.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Shout Out to Naked Fans

I figured I might as well post this again. This show is funny at times and interesting, but definitely not hosting me. I told them I'd be interested in "Nearly naked and Almost afraid". While I'm completely honored by their interest,shadowing two splotches on my body is not going to cut it.
How about some Dual Survival for Women. Those guys get to keep their pants on and their buff bodies are amazing!
Anyways, any women out there wanna go for the naked thing, the contact info follows.
Hi Carol,
I'm a casting associate with Metal Flowers Media in Los Angeles and I'm writing to you today because we've recently kicked off our annual nationwide search for seasoned outdoorsmen and outdoors-WOMEN with well-honed survival skills to take part in Discovery's #1 rated show, NAKED AND AFRAID...the revolutionary docu-series where survival is taken down to its purest form.
**We are in particular need of women with primitive survival skills for next season, which is filming this summer. If you're not interested, could you please recommend someone?��
If you are not familiar with the show, here's a link to learn more about it: 
Feel free to forward this email to any of your students/friends/family/colleagues that may be good candidates and would welcome this challenging and exciting opportunity. Those who are interested may contact me directly with their names, ages, occupations, and a little bit about themselves. 
Lastly, I've attached a screenshot of the press release for your review.
Thanks so much and I would really appreciate any referrals you may offer. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to call me. 
Best wishes,
Jane Ford
Senior Casting Associate
Metal Flowers Media, LLC
Stop and smell the reality
Mobile//  310-413-4455
Twitter//  @metalflowers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Doomsday Preppers Go High Tec

Working out in the gym in preparation for this summer's mountain adventures had me watching a bunch of TV. Normally, I surf between the various news channels, Dual Survival, Alaska Troopers, and What Not to Wear. I know. Slim. Very slim.

Sometimes a good movie is on, but the closer to the climax, the more commercials. It's almost too much to bear. I mean, who cares about Gieco giving you 15% off when your hero has met his match?

But today I was impressed. I happened on back to back episodes of real survivalists demonstrating high tech and not so high tech products.

Vietnam played a role here. I learned about securing the perimeter with trip wires and flash bombs, fall traps with spikes waiting for the unwary invader, spider holes with an amazing bullet proof "glass" where by one could shoot through the glass from your safe haven, knock out the assailant and yet the enemy could not shoot through it. The defender used a mannequin (otherwise known as a dummy, but that term can be confused with real people) to prove the glass worked.

I loved how he embedded a steel drum sideways into the ground. Easy and strong.
Ok, then another guy built a tree house and utilized some reflective material that camouflages the building by reflecting the very surroundings. Tests showed it worked pretty well. I would wonder about it at night, however, if a beam was directed towards it. This prepper lived in Tennessee and had 30 acres for his bug out.

Next up were extremely talented Alaskan natives. I found myself agreeing with everything. They planned to flee Fairbanks at night, take a boat to their dome ( a green, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, bear and bullet proof structure in the interior.) There they would hunt, fish and live off the land. their water supply was close. Twice a year they 'practiced'. I use the word practice. I suspect they enjoy the hell out it. These are the kind of survivalists one could trust with their lives. You could tell they really knew what they were doing.

I watched his daughter take down a booby trapped pine tree to block passage in the river. Then she climbed a different tree with a deer stand two part system. It made scaling the tree for vantage points look easy. Gotta get me one of these things.

Bottom line, I watched this show a couple years back and was disappointed by the stockpiling of goods in basements that look indefensible.

My strategy includes being highly mobile, staying out west and living off the land. This requires good health, knowledge and practice. I think I'm going to invest in a few more things now that I've seen them in action.

Keeping it real.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Of Moose and Men

The big day has come. After months of labor, proofing and final touches, Of Moose and Men-Riderunning in Maine's Hundred Mile Wilderness is available to the public.

You can order it in  Print or for just $3.99 get it for  Kindle. This digital format is also available in the Amazon lending library, and as a down load for your pc. Just follow the link at the bottom of the page and read where it says:
Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

I hope you enjoy the stories. Please write a review for me when you finish. Thanks so much.