It's gettin' hot, what will you do this summer?

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  1. highlife

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    With Summer coming quickly, I was wondering what you do once it gets too hot for camping in the Florida summer.

    Please share what you'll be up to in the evenings/weekends that may or may not relate to bushcraft. I mean, I know I can only unpack and re-pack my bags so many times before I go crazy.

    Here's my list (unfortunately not motivated to get out much...):
    • Build a lightweight woodgas stove
    • Maybe make some steel strikers
    • Make more knives
    • A small axe project
    • Maybe some sewing projects
    • Practice my camp cooking skills
    • Carve a spatula and eating spoon
    • Sharpen every cutting tool I own... twice
    • Maybe an Old Hick mod kephart or french trade knife
    • Make leather pouches
    • Fish (when I feel like sweating)
     
  2. madmax

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    I'm going to the mountains for a coupla months. 95 degrees and 95 percent humidity at night in FL just is not conducive to fun in the woods. I hybernate late Aug and Sept unless there's hurricane surf.
     
  3. highlife

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    Wish I could... but I gotta find a way not to go crazy while staying here. Can I retire at 25 and be OK? Probably not...
     
  4. madmax

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    LOL. I remember one trip to the Keys my wife and I made in the summer. We camped at Long Key State park. Drove to a Home Depot or Walmart (been a few years:4:) and bought an elec fan and an extension cord to blow SOME air into the tent. The no-seeums ate us alive.
     
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    Not much, leme see I'm going to try to learn how to make different bracelet pattern's and other paracord stuff including slings and get my business license and see if i can sell them at my local flea market. I'm also going to see if theres any interest in buying hand carved spoons & bowls and spatulas' forks etc. Going to the woods is going to have to wait until next fall/winter. I already can make 3 different paracord bracelet patterens but theres more to learn.
     
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    I plan on getting out to the gun range alot this summer a sending alot of lead down range.
     
  7. Two Bears

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    Yea, that to, I forgot to mention it.
     
  8. Seeker

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    i do a lot of canoeing in the summer... that way, you just roll into the water when you're hot. i've pretty much quit hiking very far in this LA heat and humidity.

    i'm also going on a canoe trip to the Adirondacks in June... not really hot there, ever.
     
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    I'll still camp a bit, ride the motorcycle and start checking out the springs and rivers that surround us up in Suwannee County.
     
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    HOT? it snow this week !
     
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    Get some big Lake Erie smallmouths....
     
  12. highlife

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    Thanks for all the replies, guys.

    That sounds like a plan. I hope it goes well for you!

    Can't forget this one!

    It'll be fun to explore, won't it! It'll be fun to check out what's around your new place!
     
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    I still hike in the summer. Sure it is hot but there is nobody else out so I get some quiet time.
     
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    I"m gonna go canoeing!
     
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    Spring is the most miserable time of the year for me. Re-acclimating to warm desert weather is a nightmare for a born-and-bred northwoodsman. It's been 80+ the last 3 days and I've been waist-deep in glacial meltoff all weekend with a flyrod in hand. Next weekend I plan to run Grimes Creek in my whitewater kayak. Should keep me cool and outside.
     
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    Yeah, even though we will be in the 40/50 lows tonight it will be hot enough soon. I'll be reworking my hiking hammock gear. Gathering up some presents for the kids at our big Hammock Hang in Jan. Making a knife from the steel left over after shortening a machete. Another sheath for the machete and a sheath for the new knife. Reorganizing my prep gear in case we get a hurricane this summer. Possibly mod a couple of Old HIC's. Might even drag the canoe out for a couple of day trips. Retired so need to keep my days full.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    I'll still do a lot of hiking....just sweat more when I do.
     
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    I'm starting to think I might go to ONF for a weekend If I can manage to get me a 4x4 to go with and not do a lot of hiking. The bugs are also a big problem in the summer. I might change my mind if I can get a new/used 4x4. I have to go through a trustee to get get the money for it. I want a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Tuesday I go talk to my Finacial Adviser. If I can get one I'm going to want to go play with it, so I might go for a trip once or twice for a week end.
     
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    Good choice! :35::dblthumb:
     
  21. hushnel

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    Yeah and don't worry about getting stuck, I have an FJ Cruiser rescue vehicle.

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    "o)
     
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    Gun range, canoeing, theme parks with the fam. I'll still camp, too. It just doesn't bother me THAT much. Not every weekend, but I will still get out a few nights.
     
  23. madmax

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    Hush,

    LOL. I got towed in my Ford by a Chevy for 300 miles once... horrible.




    'course it was the first time in 50 years THAT's happened....BWAHAHAHA!
     
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    If all goes as planned, I would like to head to Montana for a short trip. Always wanted to see that area and summer might be a good time.
     
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    Waiting on hammock tarp. Will be good for all day once that happens. Business as usual for this summer... might retire to TX and do a minor adapt, but that's next year...

    Shnick
     
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    Lmao, nice jeep.
     
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    Work. Volunteer at wildlife sanctuary and for girl scouts. Camp at corbett, Everglades, and I'm gonna check out some of the other wildlife management areas around lake okeechobee this weekend. Fish. Practice archery. Learn to field dress small game. Trying to get better at identifying obscure plants too so wandering the everglades with my field guide lol. Dance naked around as many fires as possible ;D I like the heat as long as clothing isn't mandatory. I want to get better at making citronella oil too
     
  28. highlife

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    Cool ideas! Hopefully the girl scouts aren't around for the dancing...
     
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    Feel like an idiot after reading this .... but isn't now when all the locals go camping and beat the crowds :4:

    Absolutely love the June-Aug camping season ...

    No crowds, low trail traffic, no lines at the trailhead facilities & pack is 25% lighter from not having to carry sleeping bags, warm clothes, etc.

    Can work on my small fire skills .... since big camp fires are only for chilly nights in FL ;)


    I cant be the only dork that thinks having the rail/campsite to yourself isn't worth braving the 90 degree heat and 90% humidity?
     
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    When the heat arrives, I tend to turn into a night owl. It keeps you out of the heat and if you try there are lots of activities that you can still do.
    1. Summertime catfishing from sunset to sunrise.
    2. Frog gigging
    3. Predator hunting with calls and light
    4. Camp, just find cool places in the woods next to a body of water go give good cooling breeze, and shade. Move activites to morning and evning.
    5. Bonfires on the river sand bars. (although I'm getting old for some of the activities that use to encompass)
    6. I still take the wife out every time there is a good meteor shower and have a nitetime picnic, and let her count falling stars.
    7. nightime navigation skills testing.
     
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    Stay closer to home instead of going down to the desert.
     
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    Not much changes... Carry more water, find more shade... Carry less clothing that's for sure... I ride motorcycles(primary vehicle for me) and shoot, so that is all still there... But going into the woods don't cost very much... And the wife likes cheap...

    Live, Laugh, Love. If that doesn't work, Load, Aim and Fire. (repeat as necessary)
     
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    Do yu have room for two more to help
     
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    Hiking and Kayaking at Wekiva Spring State Park found some really neat places out there over the last year or so. Then after baking in the sun I will be jumping in the 72 Degree spring to cool down.
     
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    I'm with you on that, after working a bunch of years in the cold Pennsyvania winters the heat really is kind of comforting.
     
  36. M.W. Gammill

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    It's 1:45 in Missouri and already 93 degrees today. I have some health problems that limit my resistance to this kind of heat and being out in it could be dangerous if I'm not careful. I've pretty much resigned myself to not being able to do any camping or long hikes for the next several months. I'll spend them mostly in my apartment in the AC, going out mostly in early mornings and late evenings. I'll still get out and walk my dog, Do the little odd jobs that I can for family and friends. But I also have made a 'To Do' list for the next few months.

    1. Gather, dehydrate and package as much produce and fruit as I can.
    2. Repair or make new sheath's for several of my knives.
    3. Make new collars and walking harnesses for mine and my friends dog.
    4. Catch up on some reading. (spend some time in the local libraries)
    5. work on a couple leather projects I've wanted to try. (always wanted to make my own leather knapsack)
    6. do some night fishing with my step father.

    I'm sure I can think of more things to do, and most likely will.
     
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    This morning I didn't have to put on a sweatshirt...sigh... like 63 degrees. Probably won't hit 80 Tues thru Sat...


    heh heh...
     
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    It's so damn hot here in SW Ohio, yestrday I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking. Right now, I'll chill inside until it's safe to go out again,
     
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    I do a lot of my camping during the summer.

    Parks are empty, the best camping spots are open & you have the trails pretty much to yourself.

    Bugs are annoying sometimes, but so are the "bad-hikers/campers" that the cooler weather brings. I spend more time picking up trash on the trails than I do hiking in the winter & it's just not as enjoyable then.

    Wife and kids can really only go with me during summer .... so I really don't have the option of taking the summer off, If we want to got ooutdoors as a family.
     
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    Liar-liar-pants-on-fire ...LOL
     
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    Must be nice up in N.C... Hope y'all are having a good trip. It'll be good to see you in the fall (when we have that kinda weather here)!
     

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