Old Town, Maine trip report

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    These last few weeks have been a flaming train wreck, so today I took some time off and decided to check out a park I have not been to in years.
    It is Sewell Park in Old Town, Maine. About 25 minutes drive from my house. My Dad took my family there when we were kids, and it has not changed one bit since I was about 5.
    There is a path along the water, and a dirt road with several turn off/parking spots. The pond was smooth as glass today.
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    There were lots of mushrooms there. I know nothing about them, so I am happy to just take pictures. IMG_20190906_103208812_HDR.jpg IMG_20190906_103226598.jpg IMG_20190906_092222057.jpg
     
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    I used some gear from my 6x6x3 survival kit to test myself and my gear. I tried fishing with no luck. No matter where I looked, I could not find any worms or grubs for bait. There were lots of little frogs around, and I would have caught them and used them for bait if I needed to catch fish. I tried a rubber lure, but did not work on a hand line or on a pole.
    I then practiced making a spear. I used a stick about 2 feet long. I was just trying to make the end, I didn't need a full size spear. I used the 4 metal rods I keep in my survival kit. They are metal coat hanger wire sharpened at one end.
    My survival kit knife worked great. I cut 4 V groves for the rods too fit in. I tapped them on with a small rock, then lashed them to the spear shaft with my artificial sinew. I tested the spear in an old Birch tree that had fallen. The spear worked well and it went several inches into the (mostly solid) wood. It would work for fish, frogs, basically anything up to rabbits.
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    I used my survival kit cook pot to boil some pine needles tea. It worked fine and the tea was good. I realized it would be a major process to boil, cool and drink water if that was the only way I had to purify water.
    I carry a mini filter in my survival kit so I can drink as much as I need immediately. The lake water is very dark and murky. I drank some using the filter and it tasted great.
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    I also tested a couple of my bushcraft knives. One is Ontario knife company. It has a saw on the spine which works ok, but the knife is a little thick. It is very solid and I could use it for most any job.
    The other one is a $9 Camillus knife from Walmart. It is heavy and solid enough to feel good and I would trust it. I don't like the sheath for the Camillus, but both are solid knives. IMG_20190906_111132887_HDR.jpg
     
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    A few things I have in my survival kit I don't usually hear about:
    A mosquito head net. So I can work at any time, and them biting my face at night I would not be able to sleep at all.
    The water filter so I don't have to work for water.
    The metal rods (coat hanger wire) to make a spear.
    Artificial sinew to make or repair tools. (you can get a huge roll for $10 or so at hobby lobby)
    I had a good day learning and just getting away from people for a while.
     
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