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In case you missed Part 1 on Monday, this week I’m writing about three near-death experiences I’ve had in my life, and taking a look at the psychology and physiology that dictate the way we react when we’re staring the reaper in the eyes.
In this installment, I’ll share the story of an ill-fated hot air balloon ride, an experience that, somehow, was more life threatening than my last story of nearly being skewered by a fire truck’s drive shaft.
I’ve had a lot of bizarre and disturbing things happen to me over the years—being bitten by a zebra at a drive-thru safari and being pulled up on stage by clowns at a circus leap to mind (I still don’t like clowns after that, and I’m not sure I ever liked them before the incident). But today’s tale of aeronautic error was truly scary, not merely humiliating. I am beyond fortunate to be sitting here with an opportunity to share this piece of my personal history. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’ve been wondering what to do with all the dandelions sprouting up in your yard, I have a savory solution for you. Use this abundant wild food resource in a way that actually tastes good: Enter deep fried dandelion flowers and bacon fat wintercress.
First, let’s make the wintercress, or creasy greens, as they’re often called in the south. Collect a grocery bag of wintercress from a field or wild place that has not been sprayed with anything harmful. Make sure you positively identify the cress (Barbarea vulgaris) or similar wild mustards (Brassica rapa), which can be used, too. The plants should have four-petaled yellow flowers, the leaves should have a “mustardy” smell when bruised, and the plants should be 2 to 3 feet tall. [ Read Full Post ]
Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."
A BOB (bug-out bag) is a collection of goods that you would need to survive if you had to flee your home with no guarantee of shelter, food, or water during an emergency. Think of the BOB as your survival insurance policy for any disaster or mayhem.
There may not be one perfect, universally agreed-upon set of equipment, but with a good core set of items (similar to those used in backpacking) you can put together a BOB suited for a wide variety of situations. Most people use either a backpack or a duffle bag as a container for their goods, which should include basic survival essentials and a few irreplaceable items. [ Read Full Post ]
The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter is a unique and functional product in that it is both a fire starter and a water-tight tinder box with a rubber O-ring seal. The puck-shaped box offers generous storage space, and its seal proved to be waterproof during the cold March showers experienced during testing. When the sun popped back out, we clipped the tinder bracket onto the parabolic mirror piece and had instant tinder ignition once we achieved the right angle to the sun. We easily lit the char cloth that was provided in the kit, as well as cattail fluff and tulip poplar bark tinder. [ Read Full Post ]
Learn how to read tracks, and you’ll learn a new language, one that communicates the hidden stories of the animals that leave the tracks. Our ancestors had to be adept in tracking to learn about the unseen game animals and predators in their vicinity. Today, animal tracking provides an invaluable service to the hunter and trapper, as well as the nature lover and photographer. Tracking can also be a lifesaver in a survival situation, warning you about dangerous creatures in the area and helping you to locate your next meal. Find a few clear prints and you’ll be able to read a few pages from the tale of that animal’s life. Find a trail, and you might just find the animal itself. Polish up your existing skills or learn a brand new one, with these tips on tracking 10 common species. [ Read Full Post ]
As I write this, my palms and fingers are full of little bleeding cracks from another busy weekend in sub-freezing temperatures. Even if I use lotion and gloves during the winter, my hands still end up with painful skin cracks that bleed like cuts. If it goes too far, these wounds can impair movement and even become infected. How do you deal with these small but nagging injuries? I use a penetrating treatment, like a balm.
A balm is a medicine that is thicker than lotion and greasier than salve. It typically contains more volatile oils than other skin remedies. This type of topical treatment can be medicated or without medicinal qualities. A balm works to restore your skin’s health by replacing the oils and moisture that have gone missing from your skin. The balm provides the oil directly, and your skin generates the moisture underneath that oily coating. Here are two different ways to make balm from a wide range of natural oils, both in the field and at home. [ Read Full Post ]
We all know how critical fire starting can be, especially in cold conditions. Fail to get a fire lit when you need it the most, and that could be the end of you. If you head outdoors in cold conditions, make sure you take gear that can perform. By carrying one or more of the following homemade fire starters, you can rest assured you’ll be able to kindle a blaze in no time. [ Read Full Post ]
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