Made it to Baja

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I’ve been down here since tuesday now, and I’m having a great time. Cabo was pretty dead, they are really feeling the economy crunch. The beaches were beautiful, and it was kind of refreshing to not have so many people around. I did make a short trip in to San Jose del Cabo, it was my first time. I liked the little town, but it was pretty touristy.

There’s been some pretty good wildlife, sorry no pictures, and the full moon was out standing.

We’ve been hanging out in Magdelena Bay the whole time, so far. It’s been real nice, but it sure will be nicer to get out of here and over to the Sea of Cortez for some exploring.

The new job is going great. My trainer/boss/the guru is taking very good care of me, teaching me all of the in’s and out’s of the new boat. It’s just different enough to be both a challenge and pretty good fun. It’s great to get some new experience under my belt.

Pictures will come in a couple days. The camera is un-packed and ready to go.

Mag Bay, BCS

I’ve been down here since tuesday now, and I’m having a great time. There’s been some pretty good wildlife, sorry no pictures, and the full moon was out standing.

We’ve been hanging out in Magdelena Bay the whole time, so far. It’s been real nice, but it sure will be nicer to get out of here and over to the Sea of Cortez for some exploring.

The new job is going great. My trainer/boss/the guru is taking very good care of me, teaching me all of the in’s and out’s of the new boat. It’s just different enough to be both a challenge and pretty good fun. It’s great to get some new experience under my belt.

Pictures will come in a couple days. The camera is un-packed and ready to go.

An interesting train ride

On my way back to work, I decided to take the train to Utah to drop my son off at his mothers house, then catch a flight out of Salt Lake International to Cabo. I gave myself a five and a half hour window, between when the train got to Provo and when my flight left SLC. The week before the train ride a series of winter storms pounded the area, dropping a ton of snow over the Sierra Nevada’s. This made me worry quite a bit about the train being delayed, so I kept a close eye on arrival times of the trains through out the week. If need be, I could move the train ride up a day and get a hotel for the night in Salt Lake. By Wednesday I came to the conlusion that I should be OK taking the train on the scheduled day, it was never more than an hour late, even on the thickest snow days.

Then the day came. Still it was never more than an hour late, to this point. I figured that everything would be ok, right? As the train pulled up, I got a strange feeling. Like one of those feelings you get when you go to fly and you feel like the plane is going to crash. What was I to do? We had to take the train, my son needed to get home and I needed to get to work. So we got on the train and headed up the mountain.

The trip over the Sierras was beautiful, there was so much snow! I took hundreds of pictures and saw some amazing views.

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From Reno on it got stupid. We were about halfway between Reno and Lovelock in the middle of BFE Nevada and the lights went out. The train stopped and we sat in the dark. It took three and half hours and much gallant effort on the part of the crew, but they tracked down the problem and got us going again. By that time I was so worried, I couldn’t sleep a wink for fear of missing my flight.

Luckily the rest of the trip went smooth and I only had to alter my plan a little bit. Instead of delivering my son all the way to Provo, we had to get off in Salt Lake and meet his mom at the airport. It worked out OK. Baby is with his momma, and I’m on my way to Cabo. All that stress! I hate it when I do that to myself.

My son, during sugar high:
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And After:
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Just in Case, by Kathy Harrison

Just in Case, by Kathy Harrison

Just in Case, how to be self-sufficient when the unexpected happens. Kathy Harrison has written a book that is geared towards the person who is just getting into preparedness, and has done an excellent job of laying it all out for them. This book takes the reader step by step through the process of becoming aware of our natural ability to take care of ourselves, not just in time of need, but all the time.

I really like the O.A.R. system that she has devised Organize, Acquire, Rotate. This chapter of the book gives some great ideas for getting a pantry started and how to keep it organized as well as up to date. Mrs Harrison has some great ideas when it comes to how to store foods and an informative section on effects of not rotating that could teach some lessons to even experienced preppers.


The recipes and illustrations are top notch, it’s easy to tell that Mrs Harrison has practiced what she preaches many times over. I agree that eating what you store is the only way to go, and that means being able to cook food that everyone in the house will eat right from the pantry. Storing huge quantities of “survival food” is a waste.

I recommend this book Highly.

Downloads section doing good

I’ve gotten quite a bit of good books uploaded lately, if you get a chance, take a look by clicking on the “downloads” button at the top of the page.

Once you get there, you’ll find good .pdf versions of some great books. I’ve included some really cool camp and woodcraft books from the 20’s and 30’s that have some great stuff in them. It’s pretty cool to read what people had to say back in those days.

Take a look….

Heading back to work…

And I’m pretty stressed out about it. I’m in California, and I need to get my son back to Utah. Nothing too hard about that, right? Except for the fact that it’s been snowing like crazy all over the west this week! I thought a five hour window between when I got to Utah on the train and when my flight leaves for Mexico would be enough, but maybe not.

Wish me luck!

Patriots, by James Wesley, Rawles

After reading both the initial and second version of this book a couple of times I still want to read it again. Mr Rawles has written a book that is both intriguing and informative. The plot keeps the reader entertained throughout the whole story, even while you are being given a list of things the fictional characters have stored. My advice, read the book and learn from it. Rawles has been around the block with his blog enough to know better, and the research done for the book is spot on.

The storyline follows a survival group with a retreat in central Idaho during a severe depression and then Civil War 2. The group led by the Grays are compromised of interesting characters who each bring something to the table. There are great scenes through out, that will keep you going strong. My personal favorite is the road trip to pick up the Laytons in Utah. The three survivalists are comfronted with formidable challenges and the way they handle them is great!

The way this group set up their retreat is a lesson to be learned by anyone who is into survivalism, preparedness, homesteading and/or self sufficiency.

I recommend this book highly.

New e-book by M.D. Creekmore

As a part of my book reviews section I want to tell you about a new e-book written by M.D. Creekmore. He has an excellent daily survival blog that I would recommend as well.

M.D.’s e-book is a great bit of information in format that is easy to follow and good for both the beginner and more advanced. I like that fact that he has taken each of the essential subjects and presented them in a manner that is easy to read and not over-bearing. He backs up his thoughts and way of thinking with informative links to manuals and websites that confirm what he has to say. This just proves that the man has put his time in, and is practicing what he preaches.

Another great part of the book is the lists he provides. Many items are out of the norm and thought provoking, including his lists of firearms recommendations depending on your income level. M.D.’s fire arms knowledge are top notch, and he has some great advice.

He also has some great advice on storing comfort foods. “It is a proven fact that if we are forced to eat foods we don’t want or the same things for extended
periods – just to stay alive – dissociation begins to set in.
We begin to float away as an escape – we still eat to stay alive, but suffer a lack of focus and become
disorientated in relation to our surroundings.
This is dangerous in a survival setting. Don’t think it can happen? Try eating nothing but beans and rice
for three months and you’ll see what I mean. Store a variety and eat what you store.” Those are some words to live by.

M.D.’s e-book is available for download, and I would highly recommend printing a copy for your library.