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  1. Yeah, I've hoped she'd find her way back to MrsS sometime. Wonder if she's still raising quail or interviewing prepper authors??? MtRider
  2. Good data, Annarchy! "Desert" is one ecosystem I haven't had any experience with. ..... .... Barring TERRIBLE unforeseen circumstances, not really expecting any in the future either. However, there are actually some desert-like areas even on Maui. Cactus. { NO rattlesnakes or ANY * authorized * snakes } In my life, ya just never know what circumstances I could end up in. AND of course, many parts of your data transfers to other climates. Like: Never set up to sleep in a low area. Letting people know where/when. AND campfire control!!!! I was a bit edgy about this author's cavalier attitude about campfire being an imperative. Ah....not always! Can't tell you how many makeshift campfire rings I've dismantled/kicked apart.....cuz they were built under trees with low branches. Arid country rules can differ greatly from humid country rules!!! In Hawai'i, they have a mollusk named "opihi" ...and they call it the most dangerous critter on the islands. You find them stuck to rocks along the shoreline...where breaking waves wash over and [ I assume ] provide for their sustenance. WHAT makes them dangerous? No, not poisonous. Can eat them raw off the rock. It's the part about BREAKING WAVES WASHING OVER their habitat. Never Turn Your Back On The Ocean. If someone is "picking opihi" and gets too involved with search and harvest, that incoming wave can knock you flat....knock you out.....suck you into the churning ocean. That's why it can be dangerous. This would be a great thread for sharing our regional tidbits....things we know about our areas but visitors probably don't. Anyone else? MtRider ....always pays to learn more and it's interesting!
  3. Not a particularly good day..... Woke to hip pain.....OW! First time since before riding on Thurs and Sat. Time to ride. We are making progress. Rode in pouring rain.... after waiting almost an hour for the lightning to stop. The rain did not stop but we went. I was glad for that...I need the ride. Tank wasn't available so I rode My #2 choice...which is fine. My raincoat somehow leaking at the seams was not fine. My rain pants are indeed "water resistant" ....not "water PROOF" And I need to add gloves to my wet-weather gear cuz I was Hands could hardly move....so cold/wet. My raincoat didn't leak the other two times I rode in rain. Not even half way thru the ride, my muscles began to lock. Could hardly move my hands. Had to have help to lift the far leg over the horse to dismount. Slowly walked back to car with DH waiting. I was starving and chilled and muscle locking...which did eventually ease off. Had DH drive to back of building so I could quickly peel out of very damp T shirt and put on dry shirt. And dry sweatshirt! Changed out of sox and cowboy boots...not really wet inside. Put on dry sox and different shoes. DH had finally gotten our grocery shopping done while I rode. I grabbed the bagels and wolfed one down. Hot cocoa would have been nice. AUG 3...sheeesh! Got home and hauled all the bags up the pulley and put away. I took nap! Now I have a headache. ......but I'm appreciating that I haven't been getting headaches since adding one more sinus med back in April. ....but OW....still hurts tonite. MtRider .....this qualifies as: Ya win some; ya lose some. Hopefully I will still have benefit with walking and reduced hip pain.
  4. This article is "updating" the former advice of "make sure you find water, compass direction, etc. Formerly the emphasis was on self-rescue. In some cases, that might still be needed if 1) no one knows you're missing 2) no one knows where you started from.... Course, THAT'S not gonna happen cuz we KNOW to let someone know when you'll be out in more wilderness type settings - EVEN if it's just a state park, right? https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-to-survive-for-three-days-in-the-wilderness?utm_source=pocket-newtab Quoting: How to survive for 3 days in the wilderness ....by Keith McCafferty The fundamentals of survival boil down to the Rule of Three: You can live three minutes without breathing, three hours when exposed to freezing temperatures, and three days without water. Concerning hunters and fishermen, it’s practical to think of survival in relation to the time it takes search and rescue (SAR) to do its job: With rare exceptions, sportsmen will be found within 72 hours of being reported missing. The military stresses this same mindset in its survival schools, where the focus has shifted from long-term survival to waiting for rescue. This is due in part to the increased efficiency of SAR, as well as the understanding that skills such as trapping and hunting food waste precious energy. Even navigational skills are deemphasized, because it’s easier for search teams to locate a stationary target. A 72-hour plan elevates the importance of fundamentals like fire building and signaling As the person who’s lost, injured, or stranded, it’s your job to stay put and stay alive. So calm those panicky voices in your head, stick to the plan detailed here, and you’ll likely be found within 72 hours. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Ending Quoting Well yes, as long as someone knows you're missing/overdue....knows where to start looking....and all of our modern RESCUE procedures are still in place [the Hooey Has Not Yet Hit The Fan ] AND of course you can't start a fire if you're in the Wild Wild West in the summer time...cuz you'd set the woods on fire. ...don't laugh. Folks visiting CA or even OR and WA might not realize this fact. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=Resume Quoting Day 1: Form a Home Base For most of us who become lost, day one begins in the evening when getting out of the woods is tougher than getting into them. If you’ve already been reported missing, a hasty team will be traveling perimeter roads and trails, shining flashlights in a maneuver called “search and containment.” Don’t wander off to seek out the source. The intent is to encourage you to stay within their perimeter until searchers have better light to track you. Even seasoned outdoorsmen are not immune to woods shock-the fear that accompanies spatial disorientation. You have to control the urge to panic and maintain some sense of inner peace. People who are lost progress from confusion to denial. They bend their mental map of where they think they are until it conforms to visible landmarks or their compass needle, and then they carry forward until they finally wake up to what their senses are trying to tell them that they’re lost. This is when panic hits. If you can recognize the sequence, you and a better chance of resisting the impulse to take those next potentially fatal steps. Stop walking and establish a home base. If daylight permits, you can make forays to try to find a vantage, but mark a trail for your return. If you can’t regain your bearings after short walks in several directions, return to your home base and make camp, preferably in a lee with an overhead canopy. Start collecting fuel before it gets too dark, and build a teepee fire. When it’s time to rest, place your pack and its contents on your bough bed to help insulate you from the ground. Accept that it’s going to be a long night, but take comfort in knowing that by stopping your flight before becoming hypothermic, you’re already go percent of the way to surviving for 72 hours. Day 2: Start Signaling for Help By the morning of day two your fire’s function shifts to signaling purposes. Search out a meadow or open ridgeline near home base and build a fire there where it can easily be spotted from a plane or helicopter. Gather green branches to pile onto the flames to make a smoke signal. Task No. 2 is to build an S.O.S. sign from logs or rocks, with each letter at least 10 feet tall. Display tarps, marking ribbon, or your blaze-orange hunting vest. Remember, the universal signal for distress is three: three rifle shots, three whistle blasts, three fires. Use common sense in rationing your shot signals, but don’t be stingy with the whistle. And practice aiming with your signal mirror so you can be quick on the draw if SAR aircraft pass overhead. By afternoon, you should turn your attention to building a substantial shelter. Erect a ridgepole between trees and tilt branches against one side to make a lean-to framework. Weave smaller branches into the framework, then weatherproof the shelter by stacking green branches against it with the tapering ends slanted down, so that the pine needles or leaves direct runoff to the ground, instead of absorbing it. If you have a space blanket, stretch it across the inside wall of the lean-to to reflect heat from the fire onto your bed. If you’ve expended a lot of energy, the most serious of your problems will be dehydration. In the winter, you may have to melt snow if you can’t find an unfrozen stream. This is a tedious process without a pot, but you can melt a few swallows at a time in a piece of tinfoil, a can or bottle discarded by a sloppy hiker. or a hollowed rock. If you don’t have purification tablets or a method to boil surface water, by the evening of the second day you’ll have to take your chances. A doctor can cure beaver fever; he can’t cure dead. By evening you should be by the fire for the night. If it’s any consolation, my own experience in surviving several days with nothing more than a daypack is that the second night is more restful than the first. Day 3: Stay Patient and Positive Now is when voices in your head will start telling you that help isn’t going to arrive. It’s easier to say no to those voices by focusing on the chores at hand: Gather fuel, collect water, reinforce your shelter, and signal. Survival is all about persistence. Studies show that survivors are the people who persist in doing one thing right, then the next thing right, and so on. As the day wanes, it’s easy to get discouraged. Stay patient, but it’s okay to look ahead. Use your brain to form a rational plan to follow if help doesn’t arrive by the next afternoon. Look to the sky for advice for advice. If your camp has been socked in by storms, there’s a good chance that SAR aircraft have been grounded or were unable to see your signals. But if skies were clear and you still haven’t heard or seen aircraft, then you might reasonably assume you are beyond the search perimeter. In the first case, it’s wise to stay put, perhaps as long as a couple more days, and hope the weather breaks. In the latter, you’ll have to give serious consideration to trying to hike to safety of moving camp to a different location before you grow too weak to walk. But striking camp and heading into the unknown is the last option. With a few exceptions, the best plan for saving yourself is to stay where you are for at least 72 hours, and let the experts save you. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=End of Article =-=-=- What do you think? If you're a hiker that went out of bounds or went the wrong way, you're likely going to be in a search perimeter if you don't keep wandering. If you're a survivor of a plane crash, your chances are less positive unless your downed plan sent a message and rescue folks know approximately where you went down. [ that girl from WA with her grandparents [who died in the plane crash ] walked herself down stream for a few days and rescued herself. I don't think their location was known since pilot was lost enough to hit the mountain in the fog. Any other suggestions? MtRider ....what do you ALWAYS carry that would help your survival?
  5. True, Miki. Folks are sending eCards sometimes. I do....cuz I don't get around to things fast enough. Real card is better but eCard means you did think of the person. They are still selling Forever Stamps, aren't they? We always buy them so a raise in price doesn't matter. I've gone 5 days and nights without hip pain.....no shooting sciatica either. Yay for Tank! Pretty sure we're on the right track now. Riding tomorrow. Settled some things with brother who called today. MtRider ....was a good day!
  6. https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-the-english-spelling-system-so-weird-and-inconsistent?utm_source=pocket-newtab Wow.....just in the first paragraph, the exceptions in English spelling are noteworthy. HOW did we ever learn all that as native speakers.....let alone everyone who learns as 2nd or 3rd or 4th ... language???? My new, eleven year old daughter summed it up long, long ago.....while we studied her spelling words like "neighbor". Circles her finger around her ear and says "English crazy"!! ...true! Korean spelling was reported by them to be so sensible that no one takes spelling class after third grade. At MY age, I'm STILL learning how to spell words in English! I LOVE spell-check!! MtRider ....Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious!
  7. Yeah......same at our house. But can we ever FIND what we need to make a meal???? MtRider
  8. Oh yeah......we do need lots of batteries.....riiiight? MtRider
  9. Yay.....I rode Tank and didn't get worn out today. Yay.....even had the energy to clean out those 2 bathroom vents with the shop vac at my mom's today. It wasn't as difficult as I anticipated. Ate with her and then we had to leave for home.....DH was getting hypoglycemic [diabetic type] and felt awful. He ate and felt a bit better but didn't have the energy get to stocked up on groceries...fresh fruit/veg. He had to drive home in the pouring down rain....that didn't fall while I was riding. MtRider
  10. for Euphrasyne's healing and for moms-to-the-rescue. How are kids doing with their dad? LittleSister...you remind me that DH and I MUST get my mom's bathroom (2) air vents vacuumed. Been meaning to do that for couple months now. We do a few things each week when we're there but .....so much wasn't done in past 3 years with Dementia-in-the-Leadership. Could not do it then. Bro sent electric man to change out a sparking lightswitch. Now she can use it again. AND replace the smoke detectors. We're getting there..... I took the senior van to ride horse today. It's off my usual Tues/Sat riding schedule and ....it was really too late for the van drivers. They're off by 5 and I doubt he got back to base til after 5:30. But....with DH not going to work Tues/Thurs anymore, I can ride Tues again. I may use senior van for Thursday medical appts when I have them. Gave DH a day off at home today and he appreciated that. I rode Tank again....and didn't get the super-tired/sleepy feeling this time. I think he's just got a strong gait....which means I'm getting stronger. AND this was the hottest temperature I've ridden in yet.....and did ok wearing a wet sweatshirt over my tank top. That's EVAPORATIVE COOLING ...for any of you humid air folks. Works pretty well here in arid country. I was warm but not overheating. First day in weeks with no rain .....but clouds are in the forecast. MtRider .....ran for the cool shower when I got home cuz it was a DUSTY ride!!!!
  11. Definitely.... Happy B-Day Sue C !! MtRider looks at the calendars...... Yeah, Sue. You're way overdue to check in with us and tell us all about how you and yours are doing!!! MtRider ...miss you!
  12. Details here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mccormick-recall-three-seasonings-salmonella-concerns/ MtRider
  13. When things aren't changing up so fast every week....DH still plans to go Low Carb. It does take quite a bit of focus to make the switch! So I'm definitely copying those recipes! MtRider ...he'll never make it low carb without DESERT!
  14. .......does it come with a defibrillator??? MtRider .....actually, I probably didn't set it for "alarm" correctly. I'm light sleeper and usually hear EVERYthing!
  15. All Of The Above, Midnight! ALLLLL! MtRider
  16. Good for you! We all need to self-assess and make sure we're being reasonably ambitious but age/energy appropriate. That varies for each of us and will vary at different times in our lives. Early morning appointments .....when somehow the alarm didn't wake me...... I should cross those off my list! NOT working for me! But...I did have a short time to go visti my dad afterwards. DH helped my mom get to doc appt, also this morning....help her fill out those dratted forms. THEN we 3 went to lunch. THEN I went home and took a nap!!!! MtRider
  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSEDHOMEMAKER!! We don't have pie here either but have some cake MtRider
  18. I don't know your specifics or preferences but....have you thot of installing an airtight wood stove instead of the fireplace? Some have nice windows to view the flames. MtRider
  19. for WE2's family. MtRider
  20. That brings back memories of midwest childhood. Salt on watermelon....don't remember on cantaloupe. Green apples!! And...sugar on ripe tomatoes. I'm not salting much of anything like back in Iowa. And only my Grma's era did the sugar on tomatoes. I find I'm leaving more things plain these days. Maybe I'm just conserving the energy by leaving out extra steps before I eat??? MtRider
  21. If you manage to do that, Little Sister.....You'll have to tell us all how you accomplished it!!! MtRider
  22. Happy Birthday Little Sister! MtRider ....I think I got the right day
  23. Tried to Duck Duck "swollen bottles" but only found our own MrsS thread This is about expiration dates, etc. https://www.healthtap.com/questions/1475003-will-expired-rubbing-alcohol-or-peroxide-become-less-effective/ This is about disposal of rubbing alcohol: https://www.wikihow.com/Dispose-of-Rubbing-Alcohol MtRider .....YMMV
  24. Joining with sorrow and prayer too. MtRider
  25. true! We use a variety of salts. MtRider
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