What would you want to do without: electricity, plumbing, sewer/toilet, hot water, refrigeration or heat? Think about it. These are the things that I consider modern conveniences. Oh, sure you can boil water over a fire or warm your home with a woodstove, but it’s not the same as turning a up thermostat. I like to read in bed because it helps put me to sleep. Have you ever tried to read by candlelight or even a flashlight? It’s tough. Then when we redid the bathroom we were without a shower or toilet for almost two weeks. I had to shower at other places and also used buckets and bags to dispose of, uhhm, solid waste. It’s different than just flushing a toilet and saying bye bye. Burning candles or kerosene in of doors is pretty sooty. Heck, running a woodstove is dirty. How about doing without watertight housing?
I guess the point is that one way you could look at things is to figure out what would be the hardest thing for you to go without and set your priorities based upon that ordering. If you live in a dry, arid area like parts of the southwest than you probably would move water to the top of your list. Someplace else like Maine or Minnesota well there is copious amounts of water, but planning to stay warm in the winter would have to move pretty near the top of your list. If you live in the North Country and plan to burn wood to stay warm you best be chopping wood ten hours a week for every week during the summer. Believe me planning to stay in a tent for an extended period during the winter isn’t really a plan.
So have a plan to stay warm, stay dry, light your place, dispose of waste, boil water, do your laundry, stay cool and have potable water. Think about what you may miss the most and apply a solution to that contingency. Imagine if the power goes out for a week or the municipal water treatment plant goes down. Consider having redundant systems in place for vital resources such as potable water.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!! ©
I saw a dragonfly on a tree so I took a picture of it. I like the yellow on its wings.
If you don’t spend any time outside then you may not know that this is a blaze. This is how trails are marked. This is the blue dot trail. As you’re walking along a trail like the blue dot trail you keep looking for blue dots on trees or rocks and that’s how you plot your way. Blazes come in all different colors and shapes. There can be the red dash, yellow dot or the blue dot dash trail.