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added Waking Day 4.5 Writing Exercise

Day 4.5 of Waking, time 2 am Woke up again, can not go back to sleep so thought I would find the Poem or  Essay, Writing Exercise that I wrote from last year about Coyotes. This was one of the first things that I wrote after not writing for over a year, other than the online blog that I had started.

 Quick Writing Exercise

Title / Reference info: What is this about

Fiction or Real situation: real situation

From: source, external or yourself: external and internal

Date: 2012-11-11

Idea or Situation: The Theme or exercise; Wilderness Dance, Coyote Challenge

What are we writing today, what is the Theme – Wilderness Dance Primal entity

The man stands in mute testimony to the quiet night, watching the fireflies in the meadow below him. The distant sky is awash in cloud based lightning strikes, in the distance, soft thunder rumbles in answer to the bright light show of the night-time clouds. Across the meadow, down in the trees a couple of Coyotes start they’re nightly howling. Calling out to their brothers, sisters and cousins in the nearby meadows and tree stands.

The call is raised, the others across the nearby land respond; calling, challenging, answering and communicating in the primal world they still inhabit. The Fireflies dance along the meadow, the ridge in blissful un-awareness as the other night-time creatures goes about their business.

Quickly a tiny field mouse scurries by in the thick grasses near the Man’s feet, he sees the direction with his ears, in his senses. He smiles realizing he is returning to the primal night-time stalker, sentry and soldier that he was in the past. Slowly he raises his blades, calls out to the other night-time predators, here I am come and get me. The Coyotes in the lower meadow pause in their calls as he rasps the back of the blades together, the metallic challenge goes unanswered.

He waits, issues another challenge softly calling, here I am come and get me, I am old, I am alone with only blades of steel to meet sharp fangs and claws. This time he issues the metal challenge by softly hitting the back of the hilts together; his eyes adjusting in their night vision eagerly seeks out the four legged predators, waiting.

The challenge is not answered though a set of eyes, seek him out from across the small valley, regard him for a few minutes, then move off quietly. The man, more soldier now than many years of city living, sheaths his blades, casually swats off a pesky mosquito as he smiles.

He smiles for he is returning to the Wilderness, his wild side, the soldier the predator, the side of him that will keep him company, keep him alive in the years to come.

He is returning to himself and is happier than he has felt for years, the shallow veneer of the so-called civilization that he is pealing back replacing with calm and fortitude for his Wilderness Return.

Perhaps they will dance tomorrow night, he will be ready as he is training daily, for the dance to come. As the night darkens, the storm moves even farther away in the night, the man moves much more quietly back to his camp, his true home, in the

Wilderness!

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Day 4 Waking Divergent

added Waking Day 4.5 Writing Exercise

Day 5 Waking Divergent

Day 6 Waking Divergent

Day 8 Waking Divergent

More to come soon …. 

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No Army Surplus Store Improvise

Army Surplus Hardware Store Farmer Store

You don’t have or need an Army Surplus store although they help lots. Now you do have a few other stores there, like the hardware stores or farmers stores, even dollar stores there. Really those stores have just about everything you need as well. You need a BOB (Bug out Bag), Go Bag (normally in-car, because it goes with you) DODGE (get out of Dodge bag) which is a full everything bag. Now I suggest at least an alternative to the Car/Van as everything will be blocked by others. So how about bicycles with trailers, motorcycles, ATV’s, all with or without trailers. Relocate to a remote area, join the community for no single person or small group can stop the angry hordes of Zombies. Zombies = non Pepper’s or Survivalist out to steal or kill you for your food. Of course that is in the absolute worse case scenarios. 


look up;
cat can stoves
penny stoves
wood gasification stoves
hobo stoves
Fondue pot sets with the alcohol burner – very good and portable, can also be used in a regular can that is modified
use denatured alcohol – methyl hydrate – high test rubbing alcohol – 90-95% proof buy it by the gallon.
there are your stoves
Fire
matches – regular since they are cheap
matches wind proof
matches water proof
zippy style lighter (remember it evaporates so test it, then keep small bottle of fluid with it)
extra flints – cheap now, get lots
regular lighter
torch lighter
small torch
magnesium fire sticks with strikers
secondary magnesium fire sticks with strikers (yup.. double up)
one handed stickers, just saw them, cheap easy to use, wet-dry-cold
Vaseline/chap stick/
rub onto
cotton balls/dryer lint
put into zip lock bags
> make some char cloth, very easy to do, youtube how to do this
Shelter
cheap poly tarp to start
search for good quality ground sheets
get good quality tarps
get better quality canvas tarps
light portable small good quality tent
look for self contained canvas tents
> I now have 3, a. 10×8 b.10×10 c. 5×5 bell style older camper style
>why, long lasting, great quality, easy to maintain, will not die in the sun in one year, easy to insulate
>cons, little heavier, if you have a vehicle not too bad
Water
2x military water bottles with the cup and holder – a must.. with these and these along you can survive in the wilderness
water purification tabs
water purification units – portable filtration units such as;
>larger home style filtration units like the Berky or Big Berky
>youtube and instructables.com have info sessions about creating your own Berky style for cheap
>water containers, do not get the little bottles they are not eco friendly and are not safe
>>bigger 3-5gal water containers, big blue and grey barrels
>harvest rainwater -after 2 minutes or so the water is pure, harvest from a tarp or roof, there are lots of devices out there to help, such as rain water diverters.
huge list on water enjoy this link and memorize it, you can live without food, minimum shelter only for up to 30 days but only 3-6 days with no water!
Food
every time you buy food get some extra
> example; I bought some foil packaged portion fish at a store for $3 per bag, got two of them, tasty and long lasting
two weeks later, at dollar store same fish, 4-6yr expiriry, for .99c each, got 50
dehydrated foods
ready to eat meals
MREs – good for about 2-3 meals each package, so they are not too bad then at $8-$10 for one MRE, div by 3 meals
now start making your own ready to eat meals
Tools Knives
Caution; having a bad knife is worse than no knife!
folding blades with NO locks are bad, exceptions are the Swiss Army Knives and Multi tools
> use with caution and I never really use the knife anyways
Knife sharpener system
folding knives over 3″ with a locking blade
5″-8″ regular style fixed blade, full tang as in full metal till the end of the handle (incase you did not know what a full tang meant)
K-bar, kbar awesome US Marine, WWII fighting and utility knife.
Big Bush knife 8″-14″ yup you read it right
cutting down small trees, battoning etc
Kukri Knifes and Kukri Machete.
MTech Kukri knife similar to mine but mine has a wood handle

MTech Kukri knife similar to mine but mine has a wood handle

Custom Makers so support local;
that being said they are also more expensive but if the maker is good, you get what you pay for and more
MTech similar brand than the  Cold Steel but very good, US company but made in China. I have quite a few of their knives and like them a lot! Have not broken or hurt any of them yet.
MTech is a division of MASTER CUTLERY 
* Hatchets are dangerous!!
> why, top/front heavy so you miss a lot with them, no fulcrum action, many injuries to people especially kids with them
Tomahawks are better and can be used in a Defensive way as well.
Kukri’s are great can be used for most anything, but learning to through one, takes lots and lots of practises. You will ruin you good one, while learning to do this.
Here is an excellent link to a company in Nepal who exports and creates Kukris, follow the link to see some info on how to use and sharpen them.
Tools general
 pry bar
ax
rope
thin gauge wire
lots and lots of bits
Cold Steel Russian Army Spetsnaz Shovel (multi uses from digging to fighting, can also be thrown effectively )
Moe to follow, this will be a work in process, I will also add more images to this later.

Fishing gear small porty
trapping gear small porty
sleeping gear
slingshot/slingbow/take down bow with arrows

Navigation
Silva Compass and maps


Dogs
Dog pack as in Dog Back Pack (mine is a two part system, one part is the pack other part is the harness system)
-> great system, take off the pack for breaks and throw it back on quickly when you need to move out. Keeps the dog fresher and quick apply system keeps your temper under control!

Dog coat/blanket, even they get cold and wet, especially short hair dogs. You make them work, rub them down at night, through on their coat and it can be used as their bed as well for less cold nights
* you have a dog that is asleep, but still able to awake and alert you to the Zombie Hordes
water container/food container
collapsible food bowl or small rigid metal water bowl that nests with the food bowl
-> reason, you can heat up the bowl if the water freezes in cold weather
food, make them carry some of their own food, daily rations at least
fire making kit/first aid kit/utility knife/bug screen/sun screen
Bicycle
Bike Pack
Bike Trailer
spare tire/spare inner-tubes/wheel change kit/tire patch kit
front rack/back rack
bike with trailer hitch for attaching trailers/sleds/wagons/etc

Vehicle kit
yes your bug out bag, now lets see to the car/vans survival as well
tire repair kit
small porty 12v air compressor
first aid kit
engine oil/transmission oil/wind-shield fluid/brake fluid/

EDIT:
now I have added some stuff that you can not find at a local hardware store, although you can find or order 98% of this stuff from Canadian Tire, maybe there is an Auzzy Tire?
look around and get creative

I forgot I made another post, so here it is for reference and I will merge them and make one big post soon!

https://wildernessreturn.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/bob-food-suggestions/

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Well here I sit at my Folks for the Long Weekend. I wish for you a good weekend as well with Family, Friends or just enjoying the happy, beautiful long weekend that is here.

For an update, I need to apologise as there has been none for quite a while. I have been busy, and just did not feel like updating for a long while, due to some not feeling very good reasons and some Techy issues. Looks like I have lost my cord to download the pics from my Camera and Cell phone again, so.. uhhmmmm no photos again, soo sorry.

Prepping and Winterizing these past few weeks;

My Astro and big truck get about the same or a bit better for the big truck.
Big truck stats;
1988 Ford PowerWagon
7.3 litre Diesel with 3 speed automatic
$1000 found on Kijiji.ca
Ambulance Package; windows, vent, insulation, now this probably had more stuff in it as there are vents on the side which I have filled in for now to keep the wind out.

When I purchased the vehicle it was down near London Ontario drove it back to Bowmanville Ontario, with only using just over a 1/4 of a tank. Rainy day, 401 traffic, fun.

The diesel is better on fuel because it is more efficient and the truck was empty. I probably will never get close to the gross rated weight limit as the front is made into my sleeping/living area.

Winterizing camper got stepped up, pics coming soon.
Picked up some through rugs for the floor to help keep the cold out. I have found that the floor is quite nice with two of them down and at the edges where there is only one, there is a lot of cold air that comes up. So I picked up some under pad which will help with some of those issues as well. The under pad will give me some insulation, add in some extra thickness and save the rugs some, which should allow me to sit there, with only slippers on, instead of winter boots. I picked up 4 heavy through rugs at the Courtice Flee Market, likely I will go back and get some more as well.

I am finishing off the insulation of the ceiling and have found a way to finish off the rear passenger side wall insulation as well without removing the entire wall and door roll up. I will be building a secondary inner wall and access door to the rear this week as well. The secondary wall will provide air proffing and insulation as well as sectioning off the living from the work areas.

The reflectix was used in a section that curved, whereas the Duroflex was used in the flatter areas. Both the Duroflex and Reflectix have very similar R-Ratings, but I am finding there is a big difference in how warm and cold they feel side by side. The Refletix feels much colder than the Duroflex insulated areas, though the material properties of the Refletix make it much better for certain surfaces. Perhaps I will add in another layer there to make it feel warmer, not sure yet.

I bought a used though in the box, never actually used Kerosene heater, this will heat my place until it gets to the more extreme cold and it is better to use Propane heating. I bought a Coleman Big Buddy heater, though I was wanting an Olympian Catalytic by U.S. Products. That one seems to be a bit better and similar pricing.

Bought some knives; K-bar, Dual throwing knives in a sheath with paracord wrapped handles, Kukri knife, along with a decent multi tool! (still looking for a good deal on a Gerber or top of the line Leatherman)

The K-bar rounds out my field and utility knife section, so with my folding locking blade MTech pocket knife, my MTech K-bar, and my Kukris knife selections I now have all the bush knifes that are needed for my type of bush work and Survivalism. I know I know there are a huge amount of nay sayers and arm chair prepper’s and survivalists out there, well good for them. I have been going to the bush for camping, living, military, survival and fun expeditions since the age of 5 yrs old. After living in the bush, and the military time, I am convinced that there are no knives that are stand alone Survival, Prepping or Bush knives. You must have more than one on you. Yes in a pure survival situation if I could only grab 1 (one) knife I would grab either the K-bar or the Kukri knife.

Now if given the chance and the fact that I carry the Locking folding blade all the time, now I have 2. One for gross work, chopping, big work, defence and building. The other knife for the fine work, skinning, utilization and detailing for building, camp projects. With two knives you can survive anywhere, anywhere. If you only have the big knife, the so be it and you try to flint nap some rocks to get a smaller work knife for camp chores and skinning. This flake is very sharp if it is done right, and you need to use a leather wrap or wooden handle so you do not cut yourself with it.

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