My fascination with remote wilderness living started around 2009.
By 2010, I was living in a log cabin on 30 acres which were landlocked within 300 acres belonging to a Zen monastery. Though we were not part of the monastery, their quiet acreage which was essentially a nature preserve, served as a really nice buffer. The driveway was 3 miles long and I considered myself to be living a very remote lifestyle there in northern Kentucky.
Now that I’ve traveled and spent a lot of time out in the vast West of America, living in places like northeast Washington state, and purchasing land in the Okanogan Highlands there, with 3 people per square mile… my idea of remote has changed drastically. Nowadays I would call that experience in northern Kentucky “rural” or “bucolic” but not necessarily remote.
But it was in 2010, living out in this bucolic and quiet log cabin in northern Kentucky, that I really started getting into reading about people who were eking out a life in the wilderness, further removed from societal influences, and I’ve been captivated by this topic ever since. It resonates deeply for me and is a big part of how I have decided to construct my own life.
Now, especially, as we live a “normal life” again in western Washington, books about wilderness living and homesteading in the wilderness are salves for my spirit.
So I decided to share a list here of the books I have really enjoyed in this genre, and hopefully some of you can offer me recommendations in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Got to keep the inspiration fires stoked, don’t we? :)Read More
The amount of survival and emergency preparedness books in existence is overwhelming.
While I think this massive variety is a great thing, it can also be a little distracting.
In a true grid-down emergency scenario where you and your family need to focus on immediate survival, a huge percentage of the “prepping” books won’t be of use until much, much later.
This post is meant to highlight the most essential books, in my opinion, that you should have in your library to increase your chances of survival right after a breakdown of societal structure.
The focus is on procuring food and knowing how to tend to medical issues that may arise. It doesn’t matter how much food and water you have stored if an infection from a small cut leads to blood poisoning that kills you or a loved one, a terror that is preventable with the right knowledge.
So without further ado, here are the books I think we will all wish we had in a survival situation.Read More
Here in the Inland Northwest, nighttime lows have been in the 30’s and 40’s since early September.
These sudden low temps have been a strong reminder of what’s to come.
We’ve been hustling to get our living quarters winterized, find a 4wd vehicle, and switch out summer clothes for winter gear at our storage unit.
I say winter gear rather than winter clothes because in this climate - far colder than many parts of Alaska - once the snow falls, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just builds and builds as the season progresses. So, doing anything outdoors requires a great deal of preparation.
But sitting silent and still in such cold extreme temperatures (e.g. hunting!) is a whole other level and demands the proper apparel, otherwise you’re going to have a miserable and short-lived experience.
Personally, I don’t do much hunting at this point in life. But I do go along with my husband because I enjoy it (and seem to have a sharp eagle eye!). And nothing ruins a hunt quicker than getting cold, for either of us.
So this article is to list the hunting gear we rely on to keep us warm and alert.
Hope you find it useful & please add your own recommendations in the comments. Our wardrobe is always evolving :DRead More