According to Wikipedia “Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others.”
I have always had a huge interest in living primitively and in survival in general. Since I was a kid I imagined the scotch broom as my fort and had “rooms” in it for my home. I read the Little House on the Prairie series and was intrigued with the simpler, yet tougher, living. Living on a farm taught me canning, processing meat, gardening, etc so stores weren’t necessary all the time. My folks taught me to hunt and to fish at a young age as well.
Outdoor school in 6th grade taught me many survival skills to add to what my grandmother taught me about foraging. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my parents volunteering with Oregon Equestrian Trails building horse camps and maintaining trails. I would always be the one who was First Aide and CPR certified during all these activities. My saddle bags were always packed with first aid/survival gear and I even showcased it at the Oregon State Fair when OET had a booth there.
Shane hunts using hawks or falcons and his English Cocker Spaniel, Huckleberry. He’s the type who could get lost in the woods for weeks at a time and be perfectly happy to figure out survival on his own. You can see why he and I get along so well haha.
More recently I have been able to teach the public, along with some other great folks, about basic emergency preparedness, bug out bags, etc. We had a lot of fun doing this and hope to be doing more of it soon!
I am also vastly interested in Science. Astronomy, Meteorology, Chemistry, Geology, Paleontology, Archaeology, Biology, Zoology, Botany, Technology, etc. You name it!
I have an Associate Degree in Biology/Medicine/Science, one in Microcomputer/Networking, and one in Computer Applications. It’s run in my veins from an early age from my first microscope to my first telescope and beyond!
When it comes to spirits, aliens, bigfoot and other cryptids, I like to keep an open mind and believe anything is possible. I have seen and heard things that make me a believer and enjoy researching it and finding out more!!!