So as is the case, I Get Outside Everyday. I was out walking the woods the other day and one of the places I go to regularly to Get Outside Everyday is a little mountain not too far from my house. If you’ve been following my blog then you know that this place is more or less my temple/church/sacred place. This isn’t meant to disparage your holy, special place, this is just my special space. I have a special connection to it. It may sound odd to you but the spirits that came before us still inhabit the place. Please don’t listen to others and kill, inhibit, depress, keep down or deny all of your animal instincts. Learn to listen to your instincts, nurture them and allow them to grow and get stronger. The difference between a new cop and an old cop is experience, instinct and knowing enough to listen to instinct.
Survival isn’t something that is kept in the closet till TSHTF. If you are prepping and waiting for that one big event so you can run into your magic survivalist phone booth and emerge as Super Survival Dude with your BDUs, molle gear, battle vest, main battle rifle and 30 30 round magazines strapped to yourself well you’re missing out.
My brand of Suburban Survival is something that is thought about every second of everyday. Walking in parking garages, being out late at night, walking the woods, paying bills, food shopping, doing repairs around the house, getting the garden in, caring for animals/livestock, cooking, camping and so on. Survival isn’t something that you wait to do or look forward to doing in the future. Survival is everyday and every aspect of your life, or it should be. It is for the creatures of the woods and the dog laying at your feet or the cat in your lap. What does Forest Gump say, “survival is as survival does.”
Anyways, at the top of this mountain is a fire tower. There is usually a hole cut into the fence so people can crawl through the hole and climb the tower to take in the view, but the government workers wired all the holes shut. In order to gain entrance I had to crawl, shimmy under the fence. Here’s the hole I wriggled through. It’s less than two feet tall I’d guess.
You can see the mark that I made crawling under it. No I don’t advocate trespassing, but the way I figure the companies and government that put up this tower and fenced it in are akin to the companies and governments that took over the land of the Native Americans. Fencing me out won’t work. This land is my land no matter what the Deed says on it. Don’t fence me in. I will not be denied. Which reminds me do you have wire cutters and bolt cutters as part of your preps? If push comes to shove the ability to get in or get out could save your life.
So it got me to thinking, how many of you are prepared to wriggle through a hole in a fence or crawl through the snow? Stop and think about that. When is the last time you did it? My point is, that it’s fine to write/blog/talk about survival and guns and shooting zombies, but if you ain’t ready, willing or ABLE to hit the snowy ground and wriggle under a fence then you are delusional. You will become a victim or fodder. It’s fine to have fantasies though. And if you are too fat to crawl over or under a barb wire fence then you got other issues that need to be addressed. Remember what happened to Ned Beaty in Deliverance. Don’t delude yourself into thinking about being Survivor Man if you get winded going up one flight of stairs. You ain’t gonna make it. When’s the last time you carried 20 or 30 pounds on your back, walked a few miles or even got muddy? Face reality and recognize that you’d be better off learning a valuable skill so that others want to keep you around. Nursing, medicine, first aid, cooking, sewing, fixing, building, growing, crafting or smithie will all make you more valuable. Survival and survivalism isn’t blogging or surfing the Internet. It’s tough, hard dirty work. Having cold feet for hours on end is physically and mentally draining. When is the last time your feet have been cold for a whole entire day? Prepare yourself for that. Just for kicks try not to use your cell phone, television, computer, car or electricity for one single stinking day and see how you like that.
That’s all I’m saying, survival isn’t about preparing for the balloon to go up. It’s about taking care of yourself and being able to run a mile if you have to. It’s about having some extra stuff in storage. It’s about being able to garden, cook, hunt, fish or defend you or yours if need be. It’s about growing your situational awareness and animal instincts and listening to both
So I wriggle under the hole in the fence and climb up the fire tower. It was a really nice, but very windy day. The steps were icy and the tower was a swaying. And because it was near sunset I was blessed with a beautiful view.
Because this mountain is the highest point around all of the companies have put up antennas to allow us to use our electronics. You can see that the summit now looks like an electronic porcupine. It was a great day and a great sunset.
So Get Outside Everyday and get muddy, crawl through the leaves, smell the woods, learn to walk with pebbles in your boots, fall down and bounce up, skip a meal once in a while, allow yourself to get thirsty, develop some callouses. Prepare and you will be rewarded. Although I’m a big fan of buying stuff, preparing is more than the sum of what you can purchase. Toughen up.
Also, saw a story in the news about a Break-in suspect held at gunpoint by neighbor. I like stories like this. Mind you if the conscientious armed citizen was not there the scumbag burglar would have gotten away with it. Get armed, learn how to use the weapons and prepare yourself to use deadly force if necessary.
There are sheep, wolves and shepherds. Choose your own fate or have someone hand fate to you.
And here’s a blog that covers armed citizens savings lives and saving property – http://www.claytoncramer.com/gundefenseblog/blogger.html.