Survival Tip: Make it Fun!

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Multiple pairs of snowshoes ready for travel.

Survival Tip: Make it Fun!

When discussing the issue of “preparing for the worst, hoping for the best,” sometimes people get the wrong idea.

“You are panicking!”

“You are a doom-and-gloomer!”

“You are a miserable wretch!”

While all of these things may be true (well, occasionally true), our philosophy at The Survival Nut is that prepping/survivalism should be fun for all, especially children.

That is the reason that my fourteen-year-old daughter and I decided to go snowshoeing last night at 6:00 pm.

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My 14 year old daughter straps on her snowshoes for our daddy-daughter “survival adventure!”

The temperature was a balmy -2 degrees Fahrenheit.  We were told (I did not confirm this information) that with the wind chill, it was -40.

We did it…

…because it would prepare us physically.

…because it would prepare us mentally.

…because it would allow us to connect with our ancestral roots. (We are distantly descended from the Chippewa/Ojibwa/French Canadian fur traders of the Great Lakes).

because it was FUN!

We traipsed around Winter Island (appropriately named) at Stony Creek Metropark in southeastern Michigan.  The wind was strong, the air was biting, but we felt comfortable in our multiple layers.  The only cold I felt was on my toesies, since I wore the wrong pair of boots.

At the half-way point, we took a break and started a little fire

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We built a small fire using a flint and magnesium firestarter.

We were out for about an hour and a half.

If it were up to us, we would have stayed out until midnight, enjoying the moon, the stars, the wind and the cold.

Other responsibilities called me away, so we had to end the adventure earlier than either of us would have chosen…

…but wait!  There is always today!

This evening it will be a little warmer–we are expecting 5 to 10 degrees above zero.  That is a drastic improvement!

Tonight we’ll go out with her younger siblings and make it a family affair.

I’ll let you know how it turns out…

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At the end of our journey, I decided to plow through a four foot drift. I didn’t make it!

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, here is a link for Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe Furniture.  It looks pretty neat–maybe I’ll build my own next time!

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