A Night Out in Kisatchie NF

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  1. OMRebel

    OMRebel He who piddles Hardwoodsman Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    For my first official overnight trip of Spring Summer 2019, I headed back out to Seeker's Hill, named affectionately after my good friend @Seeker, who fist showed it to me. I got a late start on Saturday, so I didn't get to explore around as much as I wanted, but I did get to try some new things. And cook over a fire. Yeah, I like to do that!

    The handsome gentleman you see pictured here is sporting a Wasing Adventurelite 50 + 5L hiking bag. I've had this bag for well over a year but have never used it because I normally take a lot of stuff and never thought I could have enough room. But compared to my US Army Rucksack it weighs about -2 pounds. (I did torture it and packed way more than it should be made to endure, but it held up well.)
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    About a year ago, I won a GAW from @CampCowan which contained a box full of awesomeness. Included in that box was this BCO Mest (5x8 tarp). I've been wanting to see how dry it would keep me if I got caught out in the rain, and, well, the forecast called for much rain. Here it is set up in the plow point configuration.
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    @IA Woodsman Have you guys ever considered putting a tab in the center to use for lifts? No worries, the ol' bunched up leaves worked perfectly.
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    This picture took a lot of work, as I didn't have a camera stand. But I wanted to document how much room I had. Answer = enough, but not by much. I am 5'10" if that helps anyone. But it ain't raining yet...
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    After I got the tarp set up (and a hammock as a back up), I went in search of a piped spring that @Seeker tapped last year. After a little maintenance, it was up and going.
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    I still prefer to treat it. :9:
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    Here is the spring after the pool has had time to clear up.
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    As the sun went down the storm came as promised. So how did it do? Well, if push came to shove, this set up would have done much to help me survive, but it would not have been comfortable. I got a lot of splash water as I laid there for about 45 minutes or so. The USGI bivy would have kept me dry, but who carries that in a day pack for emergencies? The next morning, the underside was as wet as the outside. So, this is definitely better than nothing, but I think I'll just tote around my 10 x 10
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  2. OMRebel

    OMRebel He who piddles Hardwoodsman Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    A little fire prep. I mentioned before that I received the MEST tarp from @CampCowan, he also sent this Mora knife, which gets a lot of use.
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    I had an awesome close up picture of striking the ferro rod with the SAK that @BradGad sent, but apparently you can't upload selfie mode pictures anymore. Anyways, here is a nice picture of the fire pit.
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    These knorr packets are pretty awesome, can I get a witness?
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    Into the fire...
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    Bubbles!
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    I added that can of chicken to the pot a few minutes before pulling it out of the fire.
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    @Forestcactus got me to thinking about adding a small grater to my kit. I couldn't find one like he showed, but I did pick this little guy. Wise counsel Forestcactus!! Everyone say, "Cheeeeese!"
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    I put the burrito thingy back on the fire to try and melt the cheese and toast the tortilla a bit.
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    This was one mighty fine burrito!
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    As I leaned back against a tree and ate my supper, I was able to enjoy this beautiful view. These are the moments that make all the prep and travel worth it.
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  3. OMRebel

    OMRebel He who piddles Hardwoodsman Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Here's a few pictures of some wildlife. I have a confession to make: I talk to these critters. Anybody else stop and talk to the wildlife they encounter?

    Here is Mrs. Bee. She was a friendly thing and after giving up on getting in my water bottle, she gave me a shake down to see what I had. But she soon grew tired of my company and flew away in search of more promising prospects.
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    This little guy almost walked right into me before he realized I was there. He took a triple take when he finally realized I was there, and, after a moment, lit a shuck for somewhere with more familiar swine.
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    I also had a gigantuous armadillo passed through my camp right as I was going to sleep. I though it was another hawg and became concerned that a herd was coming through. Nope, just a very rude armadillo, who wouldn't even stop and pose for a picture.

    Not a brown recluse, which was a good thing because there were plenty of these guys around.
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    Texas Millipede feasting forest debris beside me as I ate my burrito. Good company, this one.
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    A little late night entertainment, just before the storm.
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    So, as I mentioned earlier, I set this tarp up in order to see how it would fare as an emergency shelter. As I was cleaning up after supper, the rain hit and I was able to retreat under the tarp, and that is where I stayed for about 45 minutes or so. During that time there were periods of heavy rain and I got quite a bit of splash water. When the rain passed over, I made the decision to sleep in my hammock, which is where this picture was taken from.
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    Of course, before turning in, I had me some late night tea.
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    I picked up a new hammock from walmart and wanted to test it out. Originally, I was just going to bring the tarp, and I would have been alright because I had my USGI bivy. However, I wanted to test this out and decided it was a better option, for comforts sake, lol. This is the view I had when I woke up...
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    It was a very peaceful morning
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    I forgot Mr. Gecko, who figured he would supervise the cooking of breakfast. I guess he was liking the warmth of the rocks.
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    I've never cooked with chorizo sausages before. I've been missing out!
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    Who needs a stinking frying pan anyway!
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    Three eggs added to the sausage.
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    Anybody picking up on my meal theme?
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    If you think this is my first cup of the day you don't know me very well!
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    It's all coming together. I had to take a really big bite in order to make this picture happen. I did that just for you!
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    Oh, hello, Mr. Breakfast Burrito!
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    Okay, so maybe I talk my food, as well as to the wildlife, lol!

    The whole camp.
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    That's about it. Thanks for coming along on my journey!
     
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    Staleym Methuselah's Cohort Supporter

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    Hey there from Cascadia @OMRebel! Thanks for the gear report and for sharing your excursion. Wish you had been more comfortable and very happy you got out in the woods. Good job on the Spring maintenance :dblthumb:
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Looks like fun, except for getting splashed with the rain. That can take the fun out of things fast. Good on you for sticking it out thought! :)
     
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    Nice setup with the mest tarp but good that you had a backup for comfort. Those are some good looking campfire wraps :dblthumb: Thanks for the report and was surprised that you ran into hogs out there :D I’d love to see one of those little piggies slow cooking rotisserie over the fire on site!
     
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  8. OMRebel

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    The wait is over, my friend :14:
     
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    Nice outing @OMRebel glad to see that stuff getting used. The mests are definitely a tight fit. I am looking forward to using mine with the mss bivy as kind of a top half cover if that makes sense.
     
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    If I would have slid into the bivy it would've made a huge difference and I would have been bone dry. Having the MEST in the plow point did everything I could expect under the circumstances. I pointed the plow into the wind and got no wind at all, which kept more rain out. In a less heavy rainfall it would've been perfect.
     
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    That looked like a great trip and some delicious meals. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thanks for sharing! It is a beautiful place and you do it justice with your visits and photos.
     
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    I really enjoyed your trip report and pictures. I felt like I was there with you.
     
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    That's a great trip, and a very good post. Thanks for letting me intrude on ya lad. joe
     
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    Good one OMR. Next time I'm in your neck of the woods I'll bring the tortillas for you to prepare ;)
     
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    Thanks for bringing us along. That's a nice looking camp; and some wonderful meals as well!

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time....be well.

    snapper
     
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    Killin' me dude... I barely get out once a month up here... but I like what you've done with the place! lol
    Nice eats too!
    Piggies... bring along a shotgun in April (Turkey season) and getcha one! They're all over that place.
    (for the hive: In LA, it's legal to kill pigs with whatever weapon you can use to hunt something else at the time... .22 or shotgun during squirrel seasons, shotgun during Turkey, rifle during deer season...)
     
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    Fantastic! Nothing beats a field test. Thanks for taking all the pics and taking the time to write it up.
     
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    @OMRebel,

    Would putting a large trash bag over the foot end of your sleeping bag, and then turning around 'head in' under the tarp have helped any? Trash bag doesn't weigh as much as a bivy... just thinkin'.
     
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    Great trip report. Thanks for sharing.

    And of course, burritos FTW!!
     
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    I think as a day hike shelter I wouldn't have the bivy or the sleeping bag so a large trash bag would compliment the 5x8 tarp very well. If I were to scoot further back and/or curl into a fetal like position I would likely stay dryer. Putting my head in the low end of the tarp would probably work well, too, but it would be very constricting. I will plan on taking it out again for further experimentation and add a trash bag.
     
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    Very nice :35:
    Lots of cooking action going on. I like how you had the canister stove for a quick cup of coffee while you were cooking over fire.
     
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    Thanks! I had that stove on standby in case I got hemmed up under the tarp with rain. Figured I would put to work.
     
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    Thank you for taking us along, it was a nice way to start my day
     
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    You are welcome, and thank you for coming along!
     
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