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Hi, Derrick Grant here, founder of Prepper Press. I’ve talked with the folks at Backdoor Survival about writing a periodic post for this site, for you. Working as a publisher/editor to get other authors’ writing published usually leaves me with little time to do writing of my own. Blog posts such as this, bite-sized writing, helps pacify my writer itch. I’ve also written periodically in the past for such sites as Survival Cache and SHTFblog.
What I hope to bring you is a dose of general commentary and a roundup of the past week(s), links you may have missed, news you may find of interest. This is to be informal writing, conversational, because writing (and reading) is supposed to be fun. Fun like our recent weekend away on Warren Island State Park in Maine. It was interesting walking the 70-acre island and imagining it as a bug out location. It’s not too far from the coast, just far enough… which would come with a whole host of pros and cons. Speaking of bugging out, while the island was peaceful and beautiful, the mosquitoes were ferocious!
Here’s a pic of the view from our campsite.
Note the Off bug spray on the table, which leads me to the first blog post you may have missed in the last week or so…
What You Can Do to Repel Mosquitoes – The Organic Prepper writes about why some people might attract more mosquitoes than others, and what you can do about it.
Perhaps more interesting, on Maine Primitive Skills School’s Facebook page they had this recent post:
“Mosquitoes are an ever-present issue in the warm months. They kill more people than any other creature in the planet and are a major influence in genetic mutations via the transport of viruses. In this area, original Nations folks (the Abenaki Confederacy comprised of Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Mi’kmaq, and Maliseet) would use the extensive waterways for seasonal migrations and trade, setting their encampments along the lakes and rivers such that the breeze coming of the water would keep these flying bloodsuckers away. In times where one had to go into the bush during mosquito season, bloodroot was used to literally tan ones hide to make it thick and leathery, or they would gather their materials, (to do their rock work for example) and go above tree line when needed. Tansy seems to be the most effective topically applied plant for warding off mosquitoes in these parts, but nothing beats a smokey “smudge” to keep them away in their homes and in our shelters. Birch tar deserves acknowledgement as it is highly effective and used wherever birch grows, but unless you have an intact community that already makes it, this is one material you have to practice making well before you need it to understand the effort, materials needed, and process.”
Now that’s interesting!
Warren Island camping reservations came with $5.00 per day “all you can burn” firewood. We didn’t even have to do any chopping, like we typically do when camping. I have a smaller, “limbing” style ax that I use for camping. It’s an ax that lies somewhere between a splitting ax and a hatchet. A basic ax should be standard equipment for any prepper. I don’t care where you live. If you’re in an urban setting, there are still plenty of reasons to own one. Think of how every fire truck has a few. Regular use of one, like anything, improves one’s skill with it. Survival Sherpa has a recent blog post on this subject, specifically, teaching children safe…
A Tenderfoot’s Guide to Chopping Firewood at Camp – “Our aim here is to manage the risk, not eliminate it. Not teaching children to cope with the risks and dangers of handling edged tools will never prepare them for real-world self-reliance.”
Back to our getaway to Warren Island State Park, getting there involved a ferry to one island, then rowing a boat over to Warren Island. We paddled through numerous sailboats and the people sitting on them. Which preppers among us don’t think “bug out boat” when we see a sailboat? I know I do, right after imagining the ability (time and finances allowing) to just cruise the seas from destination to destination, anchoring for as long as I’d like before moving on to the next spot. Of course, many have written about using sailboats in real collapse-type scenarios. Entire books have been written about it, and one of Graywolf Survival’s newer posts deals exactly with this subject…
Sailing for Survival
Sailboats, Survival, and SHTF – This post talks less about sailing as a bug out method and more about the indirect survival/preparedness lessons you can learn from sailing itself.
Maybe someday… when I get rich off my writing… like Hugh Howey. You know, the guy that wrote the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi best-seller WOOL. He took his earnings, built a boat, and set sail for the world.