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Lessons I learned while visiting the Ozarks

The truth sometimes bites!

Raised garden and felled logs on son's homestead
My son's raised garden (left) and cedar logs he felled (right) for building his cabin.

I have been trying for days to decide where to start in writing about my adventures in the Ozark Mountains that I experienced this past month. There are so many things to talk about and share. One of the biggest things that spoke to me was that us city folk are in no way fully prepared for survival if S* Hits The Fan. I'm not talking about being prepared for a 72 hour emergency. I'm talking about if, for whatever reason, the power grid goes down for an extended period of time. Or any other long term event that would cause us to be without power or that would drastically change our every day normal activities. But, I've already discussed the "what ifs" that could happen in other blog posts, so today I want to focus on the things other than water and food that we should be preparing for. I'm not really offering solutions here, I just want to give you some things to think about; and share some things that I realized I'm not exactly prepared for when I was at my son's homestead.


WEATHER


Have you thought about what you will do to keep your house or campsite warm in the cold/winter months? Most of us who live in harsh winter weather regions have probably already thought about this. But, if you haven't, it is something to seriously consider. How would you heat your house? You can't just build a fire inside. Those who have real fireplaces, not the gas burning kind, already have an advantage here. Something to consider is maybe buying and installing a wood burner stove. While I was at my son's, he purchased a used wood burner stove for right around $100. It is in excellent shape. While it doesn't get below freezing very often where he lives, it still gets cold enough to need a little heat once in a while.


Summer heat and humidity. That is one of the problems that bothered me the most during my visit. I had to cave in several times and sit inside the air conditioned RV. I would have rather been outside, but the humidity was so high that it affected my breathing. Instead of toughing it out, I had the AC to fall back on. Most of us are used to working and living in air conditioned buildings. We drive cars with air conditioning and we go shopping in air conditioned stores. But, what if there was no electricity? What could be done to make the heat and humidity more bearable? One thing that would help is to plan on getting any work done in the morning and evening hours; and leaving the afternoons for resting. At least that's what I discovered. But, that's not really enough for some