The Ongoing Mini Trip Report Thread 2019

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  1. pellegrino

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    More of a would-be outing. I turned back after maybe a quarter mile due to too much water, too many mosquitos, and my own ill-preparedness. (out of town trip, so I had little gear and the wrong footwear.) So I decided to play it safe and turn back.
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    Found a snake...
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    Some sort of mud-hole. Found three or four, and I don't know what critter made them
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    Same snake after turning around
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  2. gohammergo

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    Nice. Definitely not your typical area of operation though. No sparky rocks. :)

    Nice @FoxLite Gear pouch there!
     
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    Funny you should mention that. Look what I found on the gravel road (probably not native to the area)
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    I tied a bit of paracord around the loops at the end of the pouch, and it makes a pretty comfortable sling-style carry.
     
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    I like the way you used the cord on that pouch. :)

    It's cool when you find a stone where it shouldn't. We hauled some stone into our driveway last year. When I was raking some out, I found a couple of agates mixed in. :)
     
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    Went shooting today and took the drone out for the first time. I have to say it was pretty cool and got some good shots too! We’ll, my fiancée and I, be heading up north next week to camp. I’ll be taking it then as well, hopefully I’ll get some good shots then if it’s not too crowded.
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    I wish spring would come. We’ve had snow flurries the past two days, and the ground is boggy, soggy and anything else uggy that you can imagine. I had to content myself with a bushcraft ‘outing' in the back of the garden. I have a new little twig stove, the Lixada, and I was eager to give it a go. It is a bit small and fiddly to put together, but will do well for tea when I have no time for a larger fire or am concerned with impact to a fragile landscape. Unlike some more expensive stoves, it does not have a pan for catching ash. I have the lid of a biscuit tin that I can use under it, until I can figure out something better/smaller.

    I couldn’t get a fire going at first; the wood was so damp and so was the tinder. I finally had to use a dry piece of birch bark that I carry in my pack for exactly such times, and even that was a struggle, because you could wring out the air and fill the kettle with it. I got a fire eventually, and found the stove to be efficient.
    I was too busy feeding the little stove to remember to get a photo. I enjoyed sitting on a rock and having my elevenses (tea and a bikkie). The one thing I had wondered was how quickly the stove cooled down. I dumped out the ashes once I was done with the stove, and it was cool enough to pack up it after having a leisurely cup of tea.

    First impressions of the stove are positive.

    edited to add that I used it again in the woods. Still loving it.

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    Buddy made a cool video of our hike in march. Im the bearded doofus in the other blue flannel and black beanie...

     
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    I had a few hours to myself on Tuesday, so I decided to go for a walk at the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. I was hoping to find a shed antler and make lunch on the beach but you know what they say about the best laid plans. The beach was a bust and no antlers revealed themselves to me, but I did have an awesome time bird watching.



    This is one of my favourite places. It's got marsh, forest, beach, fields and wildlife.

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    The deer are here!

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    The trails are a mess right now and I forgot my rubber boots at Camp Nana. DOH! Plastic bags and extra socks to the rescue!

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    This bird phobic admirer is becoming one with the Chickadees. :)

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    I didn't stop to make lunch but I did bring Adventure Fuel. ;)

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    I didn't go home empty handed. I scored a nice piece of chert on the beach and some fatwood in the parking lot.

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    This is happy Jacqui.

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    The Little Adventure Kiddos and I went on a nature walk today so we could go and visit "The Fire Tree" for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report Challenge. Be sure to check that thread out here. It's too late to enter the contest but it's not to late to join the fun!

    We're trying to figure out what kind of tree it is and also learn about all the other plants and animals that live around it. So far, we know it's a Maple. We examined it's bark and made some rubbings using paper and crayons. We looked at the buds last year's leaves on the ground around it. We took pictures of them and brought some home with us, but it's still a mystery. ;)

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    Attention spans are short when you're 4 and 2, so we didn't linger too long before we got on with our nature walk. We examined some more trees & plants, picked Violets & Dandelions (the kids picked flowers and I gathered leaves for a salad), searched unsuccesfully for mushrooms & butterflies, and collected some garbage, including a license plate to add to my son's collection. Today, though, Hudson and Ophelia were mostly interested in collecting Dandelions for their mom. :) This is a great spot to restock our tinder kits too. White Birch tree is the first one they learned and we always collect fallen Birch bark when we see it.

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    We found many snail shells but nobody was home. Ophelia collected a pocket full of them and brought them home for crafts.

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    Snack time under Ben's Willow tree! It had a big pruning in the Fall and it's starting to look alive again now. I took my small foraging kit with me, but the most important things in it today were the extra bags, water bottle, snacks, and FAK. More on that later.

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    This was our view looking up.

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    This was our view looking down. This guy came home with us for fire testing. :D

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    Hudson wiped out on a grape vine as were leaving the woods, so we pulled up a bench on the trail and cleaned him up. It was a good chance for a mini first aid lesson but it almost ended in disaster. I am out of super hero bandaids!!! He made do with a plain one but insisted that it would only work with two kisses to make it better. ;)

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    Many smiles were had! Thanks for joining us!

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    I wasn't sure where to put this but I thought this best. I defer to the mods though. I had an aborted lunch by the creek yesterday. While out scouting for potential fishing spots, i came upon needles and then a homeless encampment. I hightailed it outta there, but I had a pretty nice walk before that. I drove a little farther up the creek and found a place for lunch in a familiar place but a new spot. ;)

    Here's some pictures and a video. Thanks for looking!

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    I tried a little tree and plant ID as I went along. A windy Winter means more newly fallen trees to examine. ;)

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    See the blue tarp? It turned out to be only one of many. :(

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    Needles and needle stuff. UGH! No more bringing the kiddos here to watch the Salmon spawn. :(

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    Such a nice spot.

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    Further up the creek, things were much more... naturish... and safer feeling... but soggy. There was no getting to the creek today.

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    I eventually did find the perfect place to stop, hang my hammock, and make lunch. It was my Initiation Rite for The Roughians. There are more details here, but you might need to decide to SMOOTH IT yourself to see it. ;) https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/roughian-initiation-rite-posts.250390/#post-4415920

    Thanks for joining me!

     
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    Had the opportunity to check out the Kantishna area of Denali NP last weekend. We got to drive the park road, saw some bears, went on a leg burning day hike to and briefly panned for gold until it started snowing.

    Bears digging for roots along the road
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    We did some impromptu sledding using the frame sheet from my day pack
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  12. gohammergo

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    Looks like a beautiful way to spend some quality time! :)
     
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    The Adventure Kiddos and I went for a fun nature walk this morning.

    We collected Dandelions for Moms, Nanas, salad and tea. We planned to make Dandelion tea, but a tuckered-out two year old was ready for home.

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    As anticipated, I became a Sherpa for the day. Thankfully, I had a carabiner on my pack strap that I could clip all their bags onto so I could go hands-free. ;)

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    We tried out a wire saw and decided that it sucks. Attached to a branch to make a bow saw? Maybe. It kept binding up and was SO FRUSTRATING!

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    The little hand chainsaw my hubby bought me for my birthday worked really well, once I got the kinks out and wrapped around the branch properly. It was pretty comfy to use too, thanks to the paracord handles.

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    We made quick work of this Birch branch. Black Birch? Silver? I dunno but we brought some home to to play with. ;)

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    I got a little bushcrafty and showed them how to use a root as string to tie up a little bundle of branches.

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    We. stopped. to. examine. every. thing. It was awesome!

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    What an great day! Thanks for joining us!

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    Good looking crew you have there. :)
     
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    Quick trip a couple weekends ago.

    Used to be you could go to this area every weekend for a month and see only a handful of cars. Now the lot is full and overflow parking in the road. Luckily most people use the easier trails and leave the more difficult stuff alone still.
     

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    Quick outing.
    Flint & Steel with damp tinder. Pocket Bellows came in real handy.
    Then I just there and listened to the water. AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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    My wife and I went out on a long drive up into the mountains to a place called Bumping lake. We took supplies up for a picnic, and just enjoyed the quiet peacefulness of the area. This lake is kind of past the end of civilization as you're going up into the Cascades. The pass that this road leads to is closed so there's not too many people up there at the moment. It rained a little bit so I set up my tarp. I used my little rocket stove to cook some macaroni fortified with summer sausage. and we just ate various snacks that we brought. It was fun watching the chipmunks and little birds flit about. Also I brewed up some lapsang souchong to keep me awake on the drive back.

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    Went out to some cemeteries today with my Mom and Aunt.

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    We went to plant new flowers at the graves of our extended family for Memorial Day.

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    Yes, it was really that green today.

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    Several of these plaques were near the grave stones. Generations of years past were truly in a class of their own. :42: :42:

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    One last photo....


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    Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Please take some time to honor those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. :dblthumb: :42: :42: :dblthumb:
     
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    Short hike today
    Gathered a bit of tinder from a fallen Eastern Redcedar
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    Turkey tail?
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    Cool wooden trestle bridge
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    This plant had a fuzzy texture, a bit like lamb's ear or something, bit I don't know if that's what it is.
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    More fungi
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    Cool snake perched in a hole in a tree
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    Rock steak.
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    We did not want to camp in below freezing temperatures with out 19 month old this weekend but at least we cooked some food at a dispersed camping spot with some friends . Some light rain but nothing too bad. Once it cleared out and got dark we also took some night photos. :)

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    I realize that night shot pic of the milky way required a "real" camera and the knowledge how to use it. However you got there, it's awesome!!!
     
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    Thank you. I got a star tracker at the beginning of the year which allows for much longer exposures of the Milky Way to get more detail.
     
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    My son and I went on a quick squirrel hunt this morning with a friend of mine and his kids. Unfortunately, we got skunked by the squirrels and the ticks were out in full force! Got a few pictures though!

    An interesting orange fungus.

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    Some purple flowers. Unfortunately I left my Peterson's Field Guide at home, so I wasn't able to identify or determine edibility.

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    The area we were in was right up against the Arkansas River, and if you look closely toward the middle of this picture you can see the flood waters in an area we can normally hike through.

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    The path down to the old recreation area. It's not kept up any longer and you can't get the by vehicle. There is usually about another 100yd of path. It's currently underwater.

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    I believe I've just identified the purple flowering plant in my previous post as Spiderwort! First plant I've identified using my Peterson's Field Guide! This could get addicting...
     
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    I am so far behind in trip reporting. The weather's taken a definitely turn into Spring! Last Sunday, Adventure Girl Abby and I took advantage of a break in the rain and headed to the beach to do some exploring. We were only out for a little more than an hour, but it was good to soak up the sun. We found some good treasure too. We were looking for a few specific things: Abby wanted to find sea glass & a green rock, and I was looking for sparky rocks, specifically Chert. We checked them all off the list, and even recused (we hope) a Monarch butterfly from the surf. :)



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    Lake Ontario is still cold, in case you were wondering. ;)

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    Thanks for lookin!
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    On Sunday evening, there was a fox in our backyard. All the kids did the right thing, and backed away slowly and retreated to the closed backyard, which thankfully wasn't mine. HAHAH!! They were all scared, except the ones that wanted to pet it, so we practiced our wild animal safety procedures. We have Foxes and Coyotes around here, and we do adventure in Black Bear territory, so we usually practice for all of them the same way, and we practice before every adventure. My point being, that this isn't anything new - but seeing a wild predator up close was. As a result of all the excitement, Abby had nightmares throughout the night. :(

    I let her play hooky from school on Monday, and she, Ophelia, Hudson and I went on a grand adventure. My neighbour Angie joined us for a while too.We almost didn't make it anywhere because the kiddos are obsessed with picking Dandelions. About a million came home with us. We planned to use some to them to make tea at the park, but our plans would end up being aborted. More on that later.

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    Our first destination was "The Fire Tree" first. We explained to Angie that we're visiting this spot once a month for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report Challenge. We're trying to learn all we can about the tree and everything that lives around it. It's got leaves now!!

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    As we made our way to the park, we used our field guides to ID a bunch of flowers and trees. We also drank LOTS of water. Pro parenting tip: If you put a straw in your wide-mouth water bottle, the kids won't spill it all over them when they take a drink. ;)

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    What was supposed to be a grand adventure got cut short. We had to head home early for a bathroom emergency. I had all the good gear for just that situation, but Hudson's only two and not quite ready for that trauma yet. He is getting better at Nature peeing, but this was a more difficult situation. ;) I had dogs, cheese, wraps and condiments in my pack along with paper plates, sporks, a small frying pan and this little Esbit kit including stove, Coghlans fuel tablets, Bic, windscreen and a piece of aluminum foil. They work just as well on the trail as they do at home, so we decided to just have a backyard picnic instead of going back to the park.

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    Hot dogs were on the menu. The kids had theirs boring - just boiled wieners with ketchup. They all wanted tortillas to go with them but none of them ate the wraps. They were thrilled with the picnic though.

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    I couldn't stand the thought of a boiled dog, so I fried mine with onions and had the first couple in a wrap with jalapenos and cheese.

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    Then I tried something new that I saw on YouTube. Instead of using a tortilla for my second one, I rolled out a piece of bread nice and flat and used that as my wrapper. It was delicious. It tasted like a grilled cheese sandwich with hot dogs. YUM!

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    We had so much fun that we made a couple of videos to share. Thanks for joining us!



     
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    I had a couple of days to myself this week while the big kids were at school. On Wednesday I decided to explore the creek by our house. I was hoping to find a quiet place for lunch but it was garbage and recycling day and I couldn't get away from the sound of the trucks. :( I did end up having a nice walk and lunch though.

    The woods have really started to come to life again. Except the garbage that seems to be ubiquitous now, it was a really pretty day. I followed a beaten trail beside the creek and had a blast. I crossed a log, found a throne, checked out the Nature and, basically, just had a god time.

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    I took only my BushClass PSK, a freeze dried meal, some field guides and my journalling stuff. I really want to get better at IDing wild edibles, and I was hoping to forage some food to enhance my lunch. I wasn't disappointed.

    I didn't eat any but the Violets have bloomed and the Lillies and Yellow Wood Sorrel are coming!

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    I am not a fan of Pine needle tea, but the tips are starting to turn and the light green ones make a yummy snack. It's prefect munching time at Camp Nana, which is about an hour North, but they're just starting to come on here now.

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    I collected what I think are Dyad's Saddle/Pheasant Back mushroom. I didn't eat them because wild mushrooms scare me, but I did bring some home to research with the kids and maybe transplant. ;) I'm currently testing my PSK for Bushclass, and this time I tried my very neglected Gerber Paraframe knife. It was really good for this task. It doesn't beat out my Leatherman Wave though so it's not making the cut for this kit.

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    I gathered a bunch of Cattail shoots to snack on as I walked. I really like these. I debated making a salad with Dandelion greens and Common Plantain but passed and just took a bunch of these with me. The Platypus is a great water carrier but it's a little too big for my PSK so it didn't make the cut either.

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    YUM!

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    I also gathered a bunch of Dandelion flowers to make tea later. Once I was loaded up, it was time to find a spot for lunch.

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    Continued....
     
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    Sometimes, a person just has to do what they have to do to have lunch outside. I ended up at the basketball court beside my house. It was as far away from the main roads and all that noise as I could get, so I made the best of it. Thanks to @NevadaBlue and @gohammergo, I dumped my PSK and got to the business of making lunch.

    On the menu today was Dandelion tea and Alpineaire's version of Beef Stroganoff. There may have been a chocolate cookie too, thanks to @NevadaBlue's role modeling. haha!

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    I used Coghlans fuel tablets and started them with F&S. I found a good rock on my walk and used my mini striker made by @Jacob to make sparks, which I caught on a piece of Amadou.

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    I put my smouldering Amadou into a bundle of dried grass, which I also collected on my walk, and blew it to flame.

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    I put that into my PSK's emergency Esbit stove and then added the fuel tablets.

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    Once they were going, I used the Esee tin which houses my PSK to boil water.

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    I've never tried Dandelion tea. I brought the water to a gentle boil and added it to flowers and let them steep for a few minutes. It was pretty good. It tasted like fresh cut grass. I'll definitely have it again and may try adding honey next time.

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    The Stroganoff was ok. There was something in it that I didn't like but couldn't put my finger on. I ate maybe a third of it and brought the rest home for the kids to try. Two of the Adventure Girls liked it and finished off the rest. Weird. They both hate mushrooms normally. HAHH!

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    I wrote in my journal as well, and was really thankful that I brought my stool. Thanks for the reminder, @NevadaBlue and @gohammergo!

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    Thanks for joining me!

     
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    Not quite a day off, but I did have a few hours to myself on Friday, so I decided to have my lunch in the woods beside the creek. Thanks to about a gajillion planes, I didn't find the peace and quiet I was looking for, but I did have a wonderful time.

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    I played with my ferro rod a little bit along the way too. ;)

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    Eventually, I found a good spot to hang my hammock and make lunch.

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    On the menu today was instant coffee and Mr. Noodles Pho with left-over chicken, made with my BCB Crusader kit. I used 4 Coghlans fuel tablets because I wanted to relax in my hammock instead of futzing with lunch. ;)

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    Ahhh!! Life is good!

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    Gotta say, I love following along with your adventures! @bacpacjac
     
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    Thank you, so much!! I really appreciate that!
     
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    Adventure Girls Abby and Bella had boundless energy yesterday and they really wanted to go on an adventure. My hubby and Bella's parents all looked at me in desperation, so I took them on a nature walk to the park. We checked out "The Fire Tree" for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report Challenge, hunted for mushrooms, and cleaned up the park before we had fun playing with Adventure Boy Ben and his little brother and cousin. You can check out the Trip Report Challenge here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/2019-trip-report-challenge.239192/page-7#post-4443741

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    Dried grass for our fire kits!!

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    This is what we call "The Fire Tree". It's a Maple, and we're trying to learn all we can about it and all the living things around it. Yesterday's adventure was mostly about hunting for Smurfs, though, and trying to burn off some of that energy. ;)

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    Thanks for joining us!

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    Big dog and I are loving living in Boise. The Ridge to Rivers trail system boasts 196 miles of trails within a very close distance to town. I luckily scored a tiny house 2 blocks from the foothills, so I'm in a perfect location.

    The wiener dog ate something she wasn't supposed to 3 days ago on the trail so she is still on the mend. Big dog and I have been going on some longer hikes while my wife stays home with the little one.

    Today we did 4 miles of what is rated as a black diamond trail.

    We started out seeing this sign. Freaked me out a bit to be honest. I guess they used to practice artillery drills in this area and some unexploded ordinances have been found over the years.

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    The whole thing was up. We started on an old dirt/rock road, then transitioned to single track which is what most trails are here. Mountain biking is huge, but dog walkers/hikers are often out as well.

    We got a great new view of the city.

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    We ran into some cool rolling foothills.

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    On the way down we ran into a coyote about 30 yards off. The next ridge over a dog was attacked last week by a pack that apparently runs that area. I threw Pepper on her leash and opened up my kit bag more to have quick access to my 9mm. The coyotes that I'm used to in Iowa are afraid of dogs and people and will run off right away. I've been told that these are more curious and don't really fear people, which makes them dangerous, especially in a pack. This one that I saw looked to be around 30 pounds, Pepper is 60. I treated it like a bear, talking loudly, showing how big I was. It went on without issue and I didn't see it again, though I'm sure we were being watched the whole way down.

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    It was a good hike, and it wore out both me and the dog. Thinking about doing the same, but more, tomorrow, we'll see... I have to get these hikes in early with how powerful the sun is here. By 9am my pasty skin starts sizzling like a good slab of bacon.
     
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    Short couple-mile hike today. Ran across this little turtle shortly after starting out:
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    Is his back leg normal? I couldn't tell. He wasn't really moving (just his head), so I hoped he wasn't injured.
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    Typical trail.
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    Picked up a few stones that would spark with a steel. That's what I have piled in front of my pack.
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    Cool area! That sign would have freaked me out a bit too. I'll remember the three Rs, thanks. We do the same with Coyotes around here - treat them like Bears. So far so good. Glad you and Big Dog had a great time !

     
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    That's a nice looking pile of rocks! I hope the turtle's ok!

     
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    @Lars, I keep meaning to ask you what kind of chairs your gorgeous little girl is using? They look awesome!

     
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    Quick fishing trip with my son this morning. No fish, but we did see a lot of animal tracks. Got this great picture of a set of raccoon tracks.

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    We use this as her camping chair ...

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    Wife is gone to Salt Lake to hang with her sister for the day, so big dog and I decided to get some serious miles in.

    Owyhee's look like they have some fresh snow.

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    Heard a lot of coyotes, saw one, and saw tons of poo. It was like a coyote highway up there.

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    Had some awesome views.

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    I told myself that I wasn't turning back until I hit a pine tree. Little did I know how far away they were...

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    It had some Christmas ornaments on it. Sat down and rehydrated, ate a snack, and changed up layering. PS, layering rocks.

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    Found a creek on the way back down and Pepper was enthused.

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    This damn dog can find a ball anywhere...

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    After all of that, I feel like a piece of tenderized meat. Going to eat some stuffed peppers, then go listen to some live music and drink some hard cider. Life is good.

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    The Elementary schools here had a PA Day yesterday and that meant I had Adventure Kiddos to keep amused. The thermometer was set to go up to 26C/78, there was a nice breeze blowing, and the sky was bright blue. It was sort of a preview of the school Summer break, which starts in two weeks, and a good chance to test my Summer Adventure preparedness. Carter wasn't joining us until mid-afternoon, so Abby, Bella, Charlotte and I spent the morning and early afternoon on the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby, Ontario. It's a place we call "Rocketship Park" because there's a splash pad with a big rocketship. We'll revisit in the Summer when it's operational. ;)

    There were too many people at the park for my liking, so we went and found a good spot on the beach. In a cool twist of growing up, all three girls carrier their own packs today, including drinks, snacks, emergency poncho, sunscreen and their journals and pencils. I carried extra water and snacks, but I think I like not having to play pack mule. :D

    We hunted for rocks and sea glass, found a cool snail shell, saw a fish and then watched it get eaten by a Seagull, found some worms, Nature peed, wrote in our journals, had snacks and Kool-Aid, hung a tarp for some shade, made some new friends and, basically, had a blast. Thebedtime countdown is on now and everyone should sleep well. ;)

    They used my bathroom-emergency-on-the trail trowel and Esee PSK tin in their search for treasure.

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    This one's a little big for the Rockettes and nobody wanted to carry it all the way to the car so it's still there for anyone who wants it. LOL! ;)

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    Our most vital pieces of kit today were: water, the tarp, my trowel, and many snacks. Our adventure fuel today was : Kool-aid Jammers, turkey pepperoni sticks, roasted garlic hummus, fresh country corn bread, bread sticks & cheese whiz, some beef jerky and granola bars. OH! And sriracha-flavoured roasted seaweed. I didn't realize it was spicy. OOPS! I really liked it and had it all to myself. ; I also brought frozen mussels but we didn't get that far since my tin was in use already. Those are on the dinner menu here tonight. ;)

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    We could have just moved closer to the tree for more shade but it was a good chance to, finally, hang the new Woods Canada tarp my family got me for Christmas. I think I like it! It was a good budget-friendly option for us and it's my favourite colour. :) Unfortunately, it did act as kind of a flag and attracted all the kids that passed by. A few decided to stay and that was cool. The kiddos had a blast and that was goal number 1.

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    I hate the Summer heat, so was glad for the shade. Come on, Fall!! HAHHA!!

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    It wasn't much, but this little bit of bushcraft made me happy.

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    It was a really good day. I mean, just look at my view. :) Thanks for joining us!

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    We made this for the kids' parents/grandparents who couldn't be there, so here's a little video too, in case you're into that sort of thing. ;)

     
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    What a great looking hike! I really like that pine tree. Very cool! That's a very smart dog you've got there. It's seems all my crew ever does is lose stuff. HAHA!! :)
     
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    Yesterday’s snow may have postponed my overnight plans, but today was sunny and beautiful so I took advantage and headed out for the day. I cooked up some Beans & Wieners and found a good spot to do some plinking.

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    Took a quick hike to try out my daughters new boots and her new puffy jacket... All from a second hand store. The Patagonia still had the original tags on and for $30 is was a fair deal... But who designs white jackets for kids :58:

    Lots of tree climbing while I harvested materials for friction fire practice at home.
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    My new material :)

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    We decided to have a mountain day before starting our new jobs so we loaded up the dogs and headed to Stanley.

    Challis National Forest was gorgeous.

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    We drove three hours from Boise to get to the Sawtooths. It was an amazing drive and we loved every second of it. We just did a short hike, 4.5 miles, to break up our driving.

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    Treats get them to pose so nicely.

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    Being in the pines is like being home.

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    Never get tired of these views.

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    That looks like a really cool place to explore!

    White jackets for kids? Ugh! Makes it easier to see ticks though, I suppose.

    Thanks for bringing us along!

     
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    I had the "day off" today, but my schedule got totally out of whack. UGH! Instead of a full day hike with a gourmet lunch, I wolfed down a cheeseburger at the trailhead, and then spent a couple of hours in exploring a new section of one of our local creeks before I had to pick the kids up from school.

    We've had a LOT of rain so there are lots of puddles and lots of mosquitoes. I forgot my bug spray but thankfully I had a couple of Ben's wipes in the mini FAK from my PSK. PHEW! There are also lots of downed trees and this one made a perfect bridge.

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    I've been hunting for good fishing spots and this one looks like it has potential. :) I didn't see anything bigger than minnows and what I think were a couple of goldfish, but there are Rainbows and Salmon in here so I'll keep on eye on it.

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    Along with checking out the creek and trail, my other goal today was to practice my one minute shelter using my 5' X 7' tarp. I was quite pleased with it today. The last time I tried this, I had to add my tie-outs as I went, so added more when I got home that day and what a difference! I used a 3-strand braided paracord ridgeline last time, and I hung it too high. It was horrible. Today, I used the pre-tied tie-outs to tie off to two trees at waist height instead of using the ridge line, and then I used sticks as stakes with the ready to go tie-outs on the bottom.

    I was smoothing it and going for speed, so I used a really simple knots. I was only staying for about half an hour and didn't need anything more advanced.

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    I did use my MP knife to make points on my stakes though I'm sure they would have worked without today. I just love this knife and whittling is good therapy.

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    I brought cold sugary caffeine with me today but I also made some Chaga tea using my GSI kettle, East German pocket stove and one Coghlans fuel tablet.

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    I'm working on lighting my load-out for little trips like this. Here's today's gear. Everything's sitting on my GI poncho. The little pink bag holds the stove and fuel. The leather pucker bag has coffee, hot chocolate and Chaga. The small green bag is for the tarp and cordage. The black sock goes over the water bottle to absorb condensation. The map case contains my journalling stuff. The purple bag holds my kettle, which holds the little pink bag and my cup.

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    Here's a little video too, in case you're into that sort of thing. Thanks for joining me!

     
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