I have taught the ways of the wilderness for well over thirty years and have authored a novel which dives deep into the shadows that follow you as you traverse wilderness trails. It is my hope to reach as many people as possible to tell everyone that the wilderness is not a place to be wary of. It is the only place where a person can dig deep into their soul and find that which is hidden to them by modern day society.
~ R.G. Wright - Hawks Shadow

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Wicked Mosquitoes | Testing Bug Jacket | Forest Life

I purchased this bug jacket/pullover from Marks- a clothing store in Ontario. I test it out in this video against hordes of Algonquin Mosquitoes.


Monday, July 18, 2022

Flint and Steel Fire lighting

 This method of fire lighting pre-dates ferrite rod and steel. It is tricky to use as it is affected by moisture. 

A carefully constructed "nest" of tinder is vital to success. 

Don't rely on this method - always carry other means of lighting a fire when you wander into the forest. 

Wander and Wonder - R.G. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Mother Raccoon Asks For Help

A wild raccoon has decided to take a chance and ask for handouts from a human - me. 

I normally do not do this as it habituates the wild ones and makes them believe that humans are not dangerous. 

News Flash - Humans are very dangerous; however, I decided to lend a hand in this case as I saw she was struggling to maintain her weight whilst taking care of her two young ones. 

Raccoons are omnivores and will eat almost anything. They will certainly eat anything that you eat and once these intelligent creatures learn where handouts are offered, Halloween becomes a nightly affair - after all, they are wearing masks. 

All that said, I named this one Scruffy as she always looks disheveled. 

Hope you enjoy her as much as I do. 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Simple Yet Essential - The Fire Kit

It took thousands of years for Humans to discover the art of fire making. Now we have the ability to create fire whenever we choose to. 

When hiking or camping, always carry a means to light a fire, be that a lighter, a match or a flint and steel. 

Fire is the one thing that Humans require that no other species does. Learn how to create a fire in all weather and your good to go. 

Happy wandering

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Humble Porcupine

The porcupine is a woodland mammal which loves to spend its days high up in a tree minding its own business. 
You will often find them on a narrow branch huddled in a ball. 

Porcupines are not a prolific mammal. 
The gestation period is lengthy - up to 250 days.
The female gives birth to a single offspring anytime between April and August. The little ones are born with quills!
The young are weaned after 3 to 4 months. 

I watched a female porcupine give birth several years ago and it was truly fascinating. The baby was born with a layer of skin around it which protected the mother. Once born, the mom opened up the "baggie of skin" and the little ones quills popped up and started to dry out and harden up.  

These gentle animals will do you no harm as long as you don't get too close to them. They can't run and they can't shoot their quills; however, they will swish their tail around as a warning to stay clear. 

If you should get a quill in your skin, do not cut the tip off as recommended by many misinformed people. It will do nothing to ease in the removal of the quill. 

Quills have scales on the business end which swell when they enter flesh. The only way to remove them is to endure the pain and pull them out. Quills also have a nasty tendency to work their way into your body as you move. Get them out as soon as you can, disinfect the wounded area and chock it up to experience. 

These docile creatures are slow, near sighted and absolutely the masters of chill. 

Happy Hiking  

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