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Zodi Shower

Zodi Shower

I've used solar camp showers and never been happy with trying to wash myself under the dribble of tepid water they provide. The water doesn't get hot enough, there isn't enough of it and there isn't enough pressure for a satisfying shower experience. The Zodi propane...

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A Bear Et My Kayak – Part 1

A Bear Et My Kayak – Part 1

Pistol Creek Longhouse June, 2022 It had been three years since I had set up my first big longhouse – enough time to forget what a pain in the ass it was and for it to sound like a lovely idea. Why not take a couple of weeks off, set up a forty-foot longhouse on...

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Making a  12′ Drop Cloth Tipi

Making a 12′ Drop Cloth Tipi

  Making a tipi can be tedious; it involves sewing numerous strips of canvas together until you have a large enough piece to cut your pattern from. Buying a pre-made cover is expensive, for the same reason. For several years, Billy Maxwell has been telling me...

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June 3rd, 2022

June 3rd, 2022

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Easter Longhouse.

Easter Longhouse.

We had family up for an Easter Bunny BBQ Saturday. It was the first gathering we'd hosted since The Contagion cast its shadow across the land. We had all been vaccinated but it still felt weird, invitng people, even family, into our home after two years of isolation....

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Atomic Lighter – Rechargeable Plasma lighter

Atomic Lighter – Rechargeable Plasma lighter

I bought this for a fly and camp outing last year. I wanted a reliable ignition source which was safe to carry on an airplane. This is also wind proof and really nice for cold weather, when butane lighters become unreliable. It recharges with a USB charger. I wrapped...

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Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), have serrate leaves resembling mint, arranged opposite on a square stem. Nettles can grow well over 6 feet tall. They are common along streams and rivers and damp, fertile ground throughout the United States. Probably the most...

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The Nettles Are Pushing Up.

The Nettles Are Pushing Up.

I collected some stinging nettles down along Indian Creek today. Might try making some soup later. Still no sign of Verpa or morels yet.     After I was done foraging, Mike and I went up the Oklahoma Road to see if there had been flooding where my snow camp...

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