When we say Survival most people assume were talking about doom and gloom... but it doesn't have to be that way...
Simple Survival skills are in reality normal everyday outdoor activities, hunting fishing camping hiking something I've been doing since I was a kid
and still do as a grandfather....
I loved taking my kids on nature walks when they were little, now I have my granddaughter to share those experiences with, though at 3yo's I carry her
more than she walks, but it's all good.
On our walks I take a field guild where we stop to identify each plat, the tasty eatable ones we take home to have with supper. even that precocious
little 3 year old knows to say, "Ewww grandpa, not the wild onions!" but she loves to suck the nectar from a honeysuckle!
My youngest son, now 17 has this game he likes to play with his old man.... Who can tie the knot the fastest.
Arbor Knot, Clinch Knot, Palomar Knot, Spade-End Knots and dozens more... our fingers fly as we twist and wind... "Time... I beat you dad I beat you
again!!!!" I don't care if I lost, I'm just happy for the game, the time spent and the lessons learned.
My so called adult daughter has other interests... I kid you not when I say if she applied herself and took it more seriously, she could become an
Olympic long range target shooter...
I've been taking her and her brothers out to the range since they were little. My baby girl loves to shoot. even the range safety officers will pause
to watch her practice perfect breath control, slight picture and alignment, trigger control and sure enough time and time again she place dime sized
groups with her 243 Win Thompson Icon Precision Hunter... Let me tell you, watching my daughter shoot will make a less accomplished marksmen feel
My oldest is still living on the New Mexico Colorado border... He works part time for a Mountain Rescue unit up there. when he was little I would take
him up into those high alpine meadows looking for trophy sized elk, taking nothing but a fanny pack we'd park the truck and hike in a good ten miles
before cutting a few limbs to hang our tarp over, sleeping on ground sometimes we make five mile long circles around camp, tracking trailing, learning
the lay of the land, what our pray was eating where they liked to bed down for the night. but I'll never forget the wonder in his eyes when we
discovered a small waterfall 8,000 feet up in the San Juan mountains, glistening silver droplets in the morning sun... there are moments in life that
can take your breath away and I was glad he was there to share it.
As a family we've been on countless camping trips. Swimming in our undies, cooking over an open fire. Fresh caught fish or maybe barbecued squirrel...
Yes we'd tell ghost stories, trying to scare each other... went to sleep at dusk and got up with the sun... those were great times, family times,
times when we were all together, without the cell phones or video games...
No it doesn't sound like "Survival Training" but it was...
last night the power went out Same storm that's shut down AK and parts of MO.... my daughter sighed... "Better get out the coleman lamps!" I fired up
the grill out back. A perfect excuse to break out the last of my Moose stakes... with grilled potatoes to go with ...My wife made a salad from our
early garden veggies...Sitting out on the back deck watching the rain my family was altogether again, for a short while... we washed up the plates and
tableware in a rain bucket then settled in to reminisce about bygone days... lessons learned young are lessons that will stay with you throughout your
life and those lessons can be so very pleasurable!
Nope Survival doesn't have to be all doom and gloom... sometimes it's an excuse to have the best time with those you love.
Well that's my tale... now your turn... tell us about your favorite Survival activity
edit on 26-4-2011 by DaddyBare because: (no reason