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Facing Fears (stayed overnight in the woods in a shelter I built)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hello. I want to be comfortable staying in the woods at night (camping out) and also am interested in primitive living skills, so took a really excellent workshop that included building a debris hut and staying in it over night.

I built it during a super-soaking rainstorm complete with roaring thunder, which was excellent weather to practice primitive survival skills! I returned home super-exhausted, damp, sore all over, covered in dirt and debris, smelling of campfire smoke, with 1 deer tick embedded in my neck, but with my soul full of joy and my heart yearning for more of that type of teaching.

Note: I am taking care of tick bite (removed it, went to docs and got preventative dose of antibiotics, took tick to be tested for lyme disease).

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  • VIVRE5
    THAT is badass :0)
    3704 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    You are braver than I would be! Cool that you were able to build that!! I hope the tick bite, will not get you sick! I always hated those things up north in OH. Now we rarely have any problems with Ticks for some reason.
    3710 days ago
  • CINDYHOUGHTON
    I am so proud of you! What an awesome thing to attempt. You are much stronger and confident for facing those fears too! Way to Go!
    3713 days ago
  • AMAS92568
    This is really cool. Good for you!
    3714 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    Okay, NOT a fan of ticks but way to go on building the shelter and everything. I like camping but I make my hubby go with me and he does most of the survival stuff. Way to go!!
    3714 days ago
  • BRDGT262
    That is too cool!!!! :)
    3718 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Cool!! I expect you will be on one of the survivor shows next! I love them!
    3718 days ago
  • HUMOROUS2ME
    While it is not my cup of tea, I definitely admire you for taking action on your goal. The idea that you survived the night with nothing but grit and knowledge is emoticon .

    Have a great weekend, Outdoor Gal!
    3719 days ago
  • TAKINBACKMYBODY
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    3720 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1276095
    We did our Boy Scout Survival camp last fall, and our leader taught the boys to make shelters out of a piece of rope & a trash bag. It was so much fun. Until the viscious man eating lizard ran across my Hubs chest & he screamed like a girl and ended up sleeping in the car. Actually - that made the campout better - the boys still tease him about it.
    3721 days ago
  • INFLATED
    I used to put limbs around a tree trunk so that it looked sort of like a teepee. I have never stayed out in the woods by myself overnight though I often camped out in our yard which was beside unfenced woods. I also had a tent and a canvas cot. Your picture is awesome. If I were an animal passing by, I would think that the den of another animal maybe.
    I had a tick on me a few years ago and the doctor said ususally the ones that cause lyme disease, are the size of a pin head. I had to take an antibiotic too, but never developed any symptoms of lyme disease or the red circle around the bite.
    3721 days ago
  • ZOOKEEPERMAMA
    That's a pretty cool thing, right there! (Not the tick part, eww...) What a neat shelter! I imagine it's very empowering to know how to take care of yourself in any situation. emoticon
    3721 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    Wow. I have to admit I am scared of various things, but what you just did would just terrify me... I really admire you for doing it! Your hut looked great too!
    3721 days ago
  • TACONES
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    3721 days ago
  • LINDAKAY228
    Oh how neat! I love being out in the woods. I've never stayed overnight by myself out there (yet) but do hike a lot alone. Glad you feel so good about what you did!
    3721 days ago
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