Friday, December 30, 2016

Holiday Homecomings!



We love spending the holidays with our family and friends.  With two daughters in the military, we know how heartwarming and emotional these special homecomings can be!



Soldiers coming home video, channel Lauria.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Giving From The Heart

Our Holiday Message 

We do not have to have a lot to give a lot, when it comes from the heart, it is priceless!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Skating Muskrat or Not

Watching a muskrat running across the thin ice today. He would run a couple steps and break through. Back on the ice and through again. Took him about fifteen minutes to cross over forty feet of ice. I had some belly laughs going. Found this video on muskrats to share.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fire all Night Long






As a child my family consisting of Mom and Dad, two brothers and a sister, spent several months living in a tent.  We were fulfilling my father's dream of building a resort in Southern Missouri on Table Rock Lake. We lived in the middle of forty acres making campfires often to stay warm and cook various meals.   The technique described in this video, would have worked great on some of those cool, early fall nights.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Conservation at its Best

We love our bald eagles on Webster Lake in Massachusetts.  Every year since we have been on the lake, the pair has born young.  They are certainly doing their share to increase the population in the state and country.  We have seen one or two born each year.  The eaglets leave the lake by the end of summer and seek their own paradise.


What successes have you experienced with conservation programs?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Squirrels Beware


Today I was sitting and watching a squirrel go round and round on our bird feeder.
They can be entertaining.  Some thoughts on squirrels:

Positive: Negative:
*  Can be Entertaining, give Laughs *  Can be Destructive
*  Can be Cute *  Can Populate quickly
*  Can be Brave *  Can be Persistent
*  Good Problem Solvers *  Can carry Disease
*  For the adventurous, Can be Cooked *  Can drive you Nuts

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Serious Sport or Social Fun



  Ice fishing is it a serious sport or social fun?


Serious Sport:  
Tournaments draw thousands of competitive people
    Fish caught usually end up on the dinner table
    Weather conditions can be life threatening



Social Fun:
Many war stories are shared on the ice
Beverages are plentiful
Most fishing rigs are hands off
All ages can have fun



Where do you weigh in on this?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tasty Delight Along the Trail

Morel mushrooms are delicious treats all by themselves, sauteed in some butter!

Like:  Pops up early in the Spring, fun to hunt for, grows in multiple ground conditions and across the country, great eating

Dislike:  Caution needed.  A Fake Morel if eaten, can result in death! Primarily grows in the early Spring
 



Happy Hunting!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Good Luck or Bad Luck

You are out for a walk and the next thing you know

Our thoughts,

Good Luck if .....
It missed your mouth.
The person you are with received twice as much.

Bad Luck if .....
You are wearing a brand new coat.
Yesterday, you were also the receiver.
It's black on white or white on black.




Your thoughts?

Monday, November 21, 2016

More Than Just Fishing

Fall is a great time to fish.  There are tricks to know for fishing in the fall, see some below.  Fall is also a fantastic time to enjoy the outdoors.  Cool crisp mornings, warmth in the afternoons.  Colors on the hills and across the valleys.  There are many ponds and streams that make great fishing holes. We like to combine a few hours fishing with a wonderful hike and camping experience.



How do you like to spend your fall days outside?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bluebirds Bring Hope

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Bluebirds come in and out of our lives. For my wife Kathleen, they are a sign of hope.  Years have passed without us seeing a bluebird.  However, when she needs a sign the most, a bluebird can be found in her vicinity.   



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Tell us about your sign of hope.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Surviving in the Wild

I have foraged off of wild plants in a time of need.  This is one plant of many that can provide needed nutrition if caught without food in the wild.  ALL parts are edible.  See more at the video below.

Amaranth




Do you have an edible plant survival story to share?


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Best Camping Tips & Tricks

Want to make the next camping trip really enjoyable and impress your camp mates with your incredible knowledge of outdoor tricks? Here are some amazing snippets of useful tips that will make them wonder how you acquired such information. A warning though: you have to swear to keep these things secret. Like a magician, you never reveal your sources.

- Rub liquid soap on the outside of pots and pans. The black soot will come right off after cooking over an open fire.

-Keep the bottom of your pots that you use over the open fire clean by wrapping them in tinfoil.

- Spray flies or bees with hairspray and watch them run for cover

-Spray your garbage and trash with ammonia to keep animals away.

-Sleep naked in your sleeping bag. It will reflect your body heat back to you

-Use baking soda to rid your clothes and hands of cooking odors so the bears won't smell food on you.

- Take some warmth from the campfire or stove to bed. Keep a pot of hot water simmering on the campfire and when you turn in fill up water bottles and place them in your sleeping bag.

-Buy orange juice in plastic bags and freeze it so it can be used instead of ice in the cooler. Then,when it thaws out you have refreshing cold juice for later.

-Take a headlamp, instead of a flashlight,so your hands are free

- When finished eating an orange, wipe exposed skin with the inside of the peel. Insects will stay far away from you.

-To cut down on cooking time of baked potatoes, start the potatoes in your microwave and bake till half done before you leave. Wrap them in aluminum foil and toss in the cooler until yo need them.

-Old shower curtains make great ground tarps to pitch your tent on.

-Waterproof matches by dipping them in nail polish.

-Waterproof matches by dipping in melted paraffin.

-To Dry wet socks, sleep with them around your middle. Your body heat during the night and your warm sleeping bag will dry them by morning.

- Whenever you leave camp always have a watch, a whistle, a cell phone, a flashlight and a knife with you in case of emergency.

-Bottles with sticky contents (corn syrup, honey, maple syrup) can get harder to open so before using the bottle for the first time, wipe the threads with a light coating of cooking oil. The lid will never stick and won't be difficult to open or you can wrap a small bit of plastic over the bottle opening after you open it.

-To keep warmer at night wear a hat to sleep in. You lose 80% of your heat heat through your head.

-Use glow sticks for a bit of soft light at night.

- To hang a lantern, get those lightweight metal rods that are used for hanging plants and stick them in the ground.