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

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  





 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

What's This Beaver Doing?


  It's a special moment when a forest wanderer gets a chance to watch wildlife without influencing their behavior. 

Recently, as I was returning from a wander through the woods, I was able to witness a beaver as it groomed itself. I am sure the pond keeper knew I was there but he didn't see me as a threat and allowed me to hang out and film him.

I filmed for over an hour and have condensed the footage to six minutes. 

Come along and watch as this much maligned woodland creature calmly goes about oiling his coat prior to a days work. 





Sunday, April 3, 2022

Spring is Coming


 Spring is on it's way! The Sun is climbing higher in the sky and pulling the blanket of snow off the slumbering forest floor. 

Soon, the sound of spring peepers will fill the air and the dance of life will be in full swing within the green embrace of the wilderness. 




Clay Pot Heater | Does it Work?


Clay Pot Heaters are comprised of four or more clay planting pots separated by washers and nuts forming a multilayered unit. 

The idea behind these heaters is heat absorption then dispersion via radiant heat. The space between the pots captures the heat of the candles which then heats up the clay. The clay then radiates this stored heat into the surrounding air. 

I have watched several YouTube videos of this heater and found myself compelled to test the idea out. 

This post highlights my conclusion about the viability of the so called "Clay Pot Heater."  



Sunday, March 6, 2022

Firewood and a Woodland Lunch | A Perfect Day


 Collecting firewood for the homestead is heavy work; however, when you couple it with an outdoor fire and a warm bowl of soup, it makes for a perfect day. 

Working alone in the forest frees the mind and lets you de-stress from the confusion of society. Hence the term "No BS" in the title of the video. 

Come along for the ride and check out the sights and sounds of a homestead cookout and workout. 
 

Monday, February 14, 2022

Snowshoeing at Minus 30


 When temperatures drop well below zero, the forest becomes quiet; very quiet. 

The sound of your passage echoes off trees and spreads deep into the surrounding woods. When you stop moving, silence fills the air and you stand alone, immersed in the wonder of the woods. 

The cold is relentless as it looks for ways to seep into your skin. Walking helps to generate heat; however, the speed at which you walk must be carefully controlled, for if you should begin to sweat, the water will dampen your garments and hypothermia will stalk you. 

Learning how to create and maintain a fire in the dead of winter is a skill which must not be taken for granted. Without it, you are at the mercy of the cold which surrounds you. 

Hiking in the winter is an activity which is invigorating and challenging. Being prepared to face the bitter cold is a necessity. 

If you have the skills and are prepared, there is nothing like a long snowshoe hike through the deep silent woods of winter. 

Happy Trails. 

Rob

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Bitter Cold | Firewood Gathering | Yamaha Bravo


 Firewood gathering can be a huge chore; however, if you look at the work as a chance to workout and be outside for days at a time, collecting firewood for the homestead becomes somewhat fun. 

On this particular day, the sun was bright but the temperature was brutally cold. I fired up my little snowmobile and away we went to cut up some trees which had blown down in a violent summer storm.

The little Yamaha Bravo is a perfect sled for the woods as it is nimble and narrow. Air cooled and no frills it's perfect for the punishment I put it through to supply my home with wood. 

Come along for a ride and experience a day in the woods collecting firewood. 



 


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