I'm heading back to the Ozarks!

Oh happy day!

Trees atop the hillside in Ozark Mountains.
View from my son's homestead in the Ozark Mountains.

Invitation has been accepted, plans have been made, and transportation has been procured. It's official. Folks, I'm heading back to the Ozark Mountains! I will be spending a month just hanging out with my boy (and his family) and enjoying the great outdoors. I may even be able to help him with a couple of his ongoing projects! He said he could put me to work stripping bark off of the trees he cuts down for his cabin. Said it would give me an opportunity to practice my bush craft skills. He thought he was enticing me, lol. He had me at "want to come down"? Even though I'm excited about the bush craft part, I'm more excited about getting to spend time with him and my grandchildren!

The only thing I'm not excited about so much is having to use his compost toilet instead of a modern day flushing toilet. Well, that and the fact that he has killed two copperhead snakes in the last couple of months. And, the tarantula he found in his yard hiding in some rocks. The wild boar(s) that roam his land. Oh, and the red wasps that like to hang out around his R.V. Did I mention the ticks? They are abundant!! But, I've decided to tackle my fears and head down there. After all, it will be worth it just to get to spend time with him! I'm so excited!!

Some may ask why did I even mention the snakes, spiders, etc. in the above paragraph. Because all of those things scare me! But, mostly, it was to point out that if we ever have to "bug out" into the wilderness it will not be like overnight camping in a camp ground. (Just like me going down there is not a month long camping trip.) There will be the possibility of dangerous encounters with wildlife, not to mention poisonous insects and other hazards. Bugging out will not be a walk in the park by any means. It's good to learn skills that will be needed, but it's also good to learn how to protect ourselves. And, not just from other humans. When we watch the bush craft and wilderness survival videos it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of learning the skills and enjoying the great outdoors. But, we need to be aware of the reality of it all. We need to think with a somber mind and know that it won't be all fun and games; and very well could become our new way of life. And, that's really what this trip is all about for me. To learn more about that way of life. So that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to survive it.

Sure, it's a great chance to spend time with my son and grandchildren, but it will also be a huge learning experience for me. Learning how to truly live if that last straw on the camel's back is put in