Oh happy day!
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 place while I'm still alive. Because that's where we're at folks. The camel's back is overloaded and all it will take is that one last straw. Whether that be a cyber attack on our grid, a huge economic collapse, or an EMP from an enemy state. The camel is barely holding up and it won't take much.
I didn't mean to get all doom and gloom on you. I'm seriously normally a very optimistic person. I always look for the good in people and circumstances. And, the good that I see in my upcoming trip to The Ozarks is that it will give me a chance to fulfill two needs in my life. My need to spend time with my son (and grandchildren) and my need to prepare for what lies ahead. God tells us in His Word, "my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). I don't know about you, but I don't want to be foolishly destroyed for my lack of knowledge. Especially knowledge of those things which are to come. Things that have been prophesied for centuries. Things that sadly have been sugar coated from the pulpit. Take a moment and think about it.
Moving on...I will be leaving for my trip to The Ozarks toward the end of the month. I am anticipating spending the entire month of June there. So, I may not be as active on my blog, social media, and YouTube as I normally am. I do know that the internet in that particular area can be spotty and that my son runs his R.V mostly on solar power; only using the power company's electricity when absolutely necessary. I will be taking my laptop with me and will have my cell phone. But, I'm used to using my laptop for writing articles and uploading videos on YouTube. I will do what I can to keep in touch, but please don't expect too much.
I'm going to try and take videos when I can. That should really be interesting, lol. Just imagine me trying to practice starting a fire as I shared with you in my article about my last trip there! Anyway, I have a new phone with a good battery, so we will see how that goes.
I would appreciate your prayers for a safe trip there and back. I pray that you will not let opportunities pass you by and that you will move forward with your mind seeing and your heart listening to the Holy Spirit's guidance in your life and what God has planned for your life.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)