Sunday, July 14, 2013

Walking in the woods on a Sunday morning.


Beautiful day up here in the Arizona Woods.. took a nice long walk this morning to see how the rains have started to effect DSCF0216the plants and whether or not it had been enough to start up the little creeks that run through the area.. No go on the creeks, but the plants are looking happy.. those from spring are in the process of dispersing their seeds, and the summer ones are starting to recover from the heat and I expect to see blooms soon.

While out, ran across a doe Elk, she and tori stared at each other for a bit, then she bounded up a hill and was gone, never had time to get the camera up and get a pic.

Found a few Elk bones where they had in the past been hit on the nearby highway, then back into the woods to drop, picked up a good sized leg bone which I think I might use to make eating utensils for Wintercount 2014.. Don’t know if I’ll get around to it, but would be nice to have some things more in tune with the gathering.

Since I’m more stationary of late, I find myself tuning into the local plants and life cycle of this area, I’ve passed through in the past, but this is the longest continuous time I’ve been in this area.. it’s comfortable Smile and I think I’ll stay a bit longer <grin>

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Concerns about Forest Service Ticketing campers.


Recently, on a friends blog, he posted about the Forest Service ticketing people for “Living in the forest”  and I find myself quite upset by it.. feel free to visit the original post HERE.  In fact, I recommend it as a read for everyone.

What it seems to be in my opinion is an attack on those campers that are trying to make due with less.  I highly doubt that they are going after the 100k rv’s or 5th wheels that are out there used by full timers.. OR that they will bother a soul if you go and spend your time in the paid campgrounds.. but if you live in full compliance with the rules, if you practice “leave no trace” camping and move when you are supposed to, they still want to penalize you for not having a set address.

in one of the linked articles in the original post, it talked about a couple that is full time in a Class A, and because they had a sticker in their window from an LFTV(Long term visitors area, like those around Yuma, or Quartzsite Az) they were cited because obviously they lived in their RV.. It had nothing to do with the 14 day limit, nothing to do with whether or not they were abusing the forest in the area they were camped.   Personally, I think that’s an abuse of power by the NFS.

Wanted to put the word out for folks to be aware.. if wishes come true, it will get folks irked enough to put in a call to complain to the NFS.

Thank you for your time.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th!

Good Morning everyone :)

thought I'd take a moment to wish everyone a good holiday today, and for those who don't celebrate it, a just plain good day!

Hanging out in the woods of Central/Northern Arizona at the moment at the family cabin.  Been here for a while now and probably will spend most of the summer here with occasional trips out into the woods.. but rather enjoying unlimited power and water for a while.

Alots happened in life the past couple years.. not all of it made the blog, for a couple reasons.  I suck at blogging is the biggest one, but also some of it was quite personal and I really wasnt ready to post about it..
Have lost a couple famly members, and it has effected me much more in some ways than I had anticipated, but learning to cope with the changes one day at a time and moving forward.

I spent the past winter on the road, making my slow way through the desert in Az, and trying to find the ever elusive "Content".. it seems to come and go for me :)   Made it to the Winter RTR in Quartzsite, also spent a couple weeks in KOFA NWR just south of there, a very wild area KOFA is, so I really like it there.  After the RTR I floated along toward the town of Maricopa, Az.

In Feburary of 2013 I had registered to attend "Wintercount", which is a primitive living skills gathering.  While there I learned how to make leather Knive sheaths, and how to take a deerhide and turn it into buckskin!  the class was only $40 and they provided the skin.. it came out great :)   Also took a class on making an Atlatl, and learned to use it. (primitive dart/arrow thrower)  Planning on doing that again in 2014 with a bunch from the RTR group.

Thats pretty much where I stand at this point, will be getting the camera and posting some pics with details on the camps I stopped at shortly :)