The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.
The Hills Are Alive
And you might not like with what...
While hiking in the local Regional Park this past weekend, my friends got me involved in geocaching. For those not familiar, geocaching is the recreational activity of following GPS directions to find hidden markers. These markers can just as easily be in urban settings as in the country, with several different caching websites offering slight variations to the basic event.
This is a modern version of orienteering, which I learned in Boy Scouts *mumble*-ty years ago. I found the use of a GPS program on a phone much easier to use than an Army surplus compass and trying to count steps from waypoint to waypoint.
You may or may not know California is suffering through its third year of drought. This adds to the fire danger and also to another problem: Bugs, specifically ticks and yellowjackets.
|Western Yellowjacket Queen.|
Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
None of us are allergic to stings, so there was no panic as we moved down the trail a bit to eat our snacks. Even so, I was glad to avoid being stung and needing to break out my ancient Sting Kill swabs. I need to buy several more packs to put into my other first aid kits and also into my truck kit, since Firehand's post on vehicle gear made me look at my stuff and I found several things out of date or damaged in my truck 1st Aid kit: triple antibiotic, bandaids, single use eye wash and Sting Kill. Somehow the Sting Kill tubes leaked or were broken, soaking the small pack of band-aids.
|Adult Pacific Coast Tick|
Photo courtesy of UC Davis.
I made certain to go over my sock area and waist when I got home and then put my clothes through the wash, to make sure nothing was there.
- Get outdoors, try something new and have some fun with friends, We're going to be complaining about the weather soon enough.
- Be aware of the pests in your area and plan accordingly for accidents.
- Check all your first aid kits regularly and rotate out old items.
- As a reminder, the offer for WAPI's at the lowest price on the 'net is still on! Leave a comment on the blog or the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page.
- The only things ordered this week were 3 packs (5 each) of Sting Kill ($11.54 from Amazon).
As always, if you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!
NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.