I just got back to the Jack Mountain Field School from a great day hike in Baxter State Park in Maine. We arrived around 10 am (a few hours later than we'd planned, gotta have coffee right?) to find the parking lots servicing the three trails that wind up to the peak of Katahdin full [...]
5 large ice creams. i saw it live. True story.
Only the chosen one can wield The Spoon Of Destiny!
There's a new sherriff in town. Iron Spoon challenge met. This is large ice cream number 5.
Making a spoon from rebar in order to take on the Iron Spoon Challenge: 4 large ice creams from the Quik Stop 2.
May 23, snowing hard and fast in Masardis. Glad I waited on putting in the garden.
Making grass mattresses. Good sleeps on the grass-o-pedic.
And a whole bunch of live moose, bald eagles and a whole family of otters.
Saw two more dead moose on our trip. One was in the river.
Back, a week on the river. Awesome time. 60 miles from the headwaters to the field school. Photo from a woods road.
Paddle making: using draw knives to shape the blanks. Hand tools, process not product.
Beginning the canoe paddle-making process: tracing a blade onto a paddle blank.
Life Returns. Every year when green returns after a long winter I'm completely amazed.
It never fails to amaze me just how pervasive and prevalent the reach of our consumer culture is these days. Even those of us who claim to have a modicum of immunity from the world of image, identity and worth via the stuff we've bought, find ourselves from time to time really wanting that new trinket for [...]
After a long build up, my son and I are sitting down to watch the movie Troll 2, the worst movie (supposedly) ever made.
Land navigation exercise this morning: map, compass and barehand.
Making rope for canoe lining bridles. Poling the Blackwater River this afternoon.
Tony Nester is one of my favorite writers on bushcraft and survival skills. I enjoy his easy writing style, and an fascinated and entertained by his descriptions of the southwest. This morning, May 5th here in northern Maine, I woke up early and sat with Life Under Open Skies with my morning coffee. I was [...]
After a long day paddling, cooking a triple stack of dutch ovens for supper. Sourdough, spicy chicken, custard.
First day on the water for 2015. Beautiful sunny day, still some ice.
Beautiful day, had my first outdoor shower of the year. Feeling clean! Solar hot water, hoist a bucket.
Windy and rainy lately, so we made a windbreak/raincoat for dutch oven cooking out of blocks and a barrel lid.
Found a dead moose halfway up the mountain. He hadn't been dead long.
Great hike up Deboulie mountain in the north Maine woods Saturday. Still some pockets of deep snow.
Finished crooked knife. Heated in an open fire, shaped with a file.
Making buck saws. Carry the blade, make the rest in the forest.