As I chew on some home-grown Native American tobacco I was given by my new friends, I reflect on the adventure I just had to a local ancient sacred site. I met with Cherokee and Lumbee Indians who showed me an un-excavated paleolithic stone site. To respect their privacy, I will not go into details of their names or how to get there; but it was a most exciting time! We spoke about how the Age of Aquarius is indeed transitioning out of the Age of Pisces (yes the ages go backwards), and things are changing. We talked about how languages do not have to be barriers, but are important tools for ‘coming to terms’ for sharing between cultures. We found out that we agree ‘agri-culture’ is for everyone (see article in Observer May 2015), and we want to preserve nature and farm land. We recognized the problems of ethnic-biased education, and the perpetual war machine of the MIC. Then they showed me the ancient stones in the gully below their beautiful house. The stones had significant orientation to each-other, according to solar orientation. There were clearly piles, circles, a spiral, and a serpentine line of stones. The rocks were of various composition, not the typical limestone of the area. It seems very possible that in the past (I will leave the dating to the archeologists) people used the stones for rituals involving the springs and the creek. Perhaps in this ‘New Age’ people of various cultural back-grounds will continue to come together for similar reasons. My indian friends have started a regional ‘Gathering’ for agri-culture, so yes the pattern shift has begun, and we are actively making it happen.
Archive for the Hikes Category
Hiking Two Days / Camping One Night / Warm Weather
Backpack Camping Gear for Hiking to a Camping Spot and Back
Notes: I prefer to camp during the Summer (70-90 temps). Having hiked and camped almost every year of my life, i do not wear rain gear. Since im only a leisure hiker, i prefer to hike without rain; if it rains I stop, set up a tarp, and prepare a small fire pit under the edge of the tarp to dry any wet clothing or gear until it stops. I keep the fire small so the heat does not go high enough to burn the tarp. More gear is needed for colder weather (below 70 degrees F). This list is only for nice, warm days and nights.
(this is Drogo’s opinion based on his American hiking experiences)
I divide the backpack gear into 3 categories (they are all related though): Shelter, Cooking, and Personal Items
Shelter: sleeping bag, straps, long cord, 2 tarps (minimum 7’x7′), tent / hammock (lighter weight for smaller people), sheet (blanket if chilly), flashlight
Cooking: cook-pot (durable with secure lid), food (keep safe in cook-pot), water containers (minimum 2 liters), bowl / cup (durable), utensils (spoon, knife), fire items (scrap paper, matches, lighter)
Personal: clothes (pants, shirt, 2 underwears, 2 sock pairs, head cover), Off, odorizer (deodorant, scented oil, lotion), medicine (prescriptions, spiritual, relaxant, celebration), medical kit (anti-bacterial, bandages), tooth-brush & paste; small musical device (ipod, harmonica, flute), cell phone / camera, small book, writing tools (paper, pencils, pens, markers), towel / washcloth, walking stick…
* Drogo’s Common Backpack (personal preference)
* see also: Survival Inventory List
Inventory Lists of Survival Gear Kits
First a generic list is important to have some basic items available in your home area at all times. Generic lists are adaptable for climate and social circumstances, etc… so you can make your own personalized special occasion trip lists. These things are vital for emergencies!
1. Durable Sealed Food
2. Durable Sealed Liquid Container
3. Cook Pot and Bowl
4. Blade and Spoon
5. Towel and Blanket
6. Underwear and Socks (more than needed, usable as rags)
7. Clothing you wear while moving (jacket, hat, shirt, pants, shoes, etc)
8. Scarf or Hanky
9. Backpack or Duffel Bag (that most of this goes in)
10. Paper, Pencil, Marker, Matches
11. Electric Torch (flashlight) and Lighter (flame for starting fires)
12. Flask with high proof alcohol (for cleaning wounds, gunk, and spirits)
13. strong Rope cord, thin twine string, and bandages
14. Small book, game, or instrument (harmonica, flute, percussion, etc) this is optional of course, and now would be replaced with a Cell Phone or I-Device (which might be useless if cell towers are down, and cannot be charged after a few days of battery).
Food that lasts the longest without growing mold or spoiling (MRE, crackers, salted nuts, noodles) sealed and contained in a cook pot you can put on a campfire, access to potable water, plastic or metal bottle (for water, does not break, if lost replaceable), large cup or bowl made of wood or metal, flask of alcohol, more underwear and socks than shirts and pants, medicine (if you need something specific for a severe condition), sources of portable light (one of which should have a flame for starting fires), some paper, marker, string, cord, blade, spoon, … i make it all fit in one bag i can carry with a strap over long distances.
Ultimate actual decisions are personal, and variable depending on circumstances. However it is good to have a few generic emergency scenarios, and kits, available in your home. Appalachian Trail Thru hikers agree with old sarges on this: “Packs are too heavy, until you need what you don’t have.”
(special thanks to the Facebook group Wilderness and Urban Survival tips)
* see also: Hiking Backpack List
any one can do anything.
i went to the Grand Canyon, NYC, New Zealand, i swam in the two largest oceans, i canoed down a river for over a week, took a car, plane, train, bus, bike and hiked all over. i’ve jumped out of a plane, off the grand canyon, off a few roofs, in to pools on to rocks and grass. i’ve climbed trees and seen tons of animals.
i’ve not kept the same job for more than a year. i quit going to half of my HS classes and tho i’ve gone to college i’ve yet to get an AA, due to failing basic math. funny thing is that i have built theater sets for singers, players and dancers alike across this nation, yet a simple school claims i can’t do the math.
computers were my first key to the learning, the internet opened the world that my grandparents told me was out there (something they found by traveling). i grew up going on camping trips and packing lunches for all day bike trips. when i wanted something i made it. somewhere between dreams and theater i learned to explore my mind. i read on-line about religions and philosophy then i went to church, synagogue, temple, found a coven and so i learned first hand the difference between words and … everything else.
what was the west like?
who are the people in New Zealand?
what is it like in Ireland?
how hard is it to climb the German alps?
how big is the Grand Canyon?
water falls, landscapes, people, food, houses, sunsets, beaches and mountains, who, what, how, WHY?
so i went, and will keep going till i understand everything.
Split Rocks Overlook
This is the dominant bluff of rocky cliffs on Loudoun Heights. I consider it my favorite camp site on the mountains around here. Dad took me and friends camping here as young teenagers, just like his Eagle Scout training taught him to do. Just down the trail, is a parking area and Tri-State gas station.
Then it was time to head back home.
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Megalithic Stone Tower on Loudoun Heights
Two giant boulders are vertically stacked on their flat sides. It is possible to climb to the flat top of the top rock, but I would prefer using a ladder. I am agile and strong enough to pull myself up, but a taller person with greater reach would probably have an easier time of it. I have photos from high school when we did get up there.
Individual rock outcroppings overlook the Shenandoah Valley, but the bluffs are obscured by trees in the Summer. These mini-bluffs are giant moss-lichen limestone rocks, following the contour of the mountain-side; as opposed to the larger, more visible bluffs that stick out perpendicular to the mountain-side.
***Chimney Rock and Bald Eagle Nest Enigma
Not this time. This will be another adventure, some other time.
High Wire Point
The highest of two overlook areas where the electrical wires cut across the mountain, High Wire Point has a vista of the harpers ferry valley, and sandy hook to ‘South’ Mountain (north-east).
Low Wire Point
The lower of two overlook areas (but still high) where the electrical wires cut across the mountain, it has a better view of Maryland Heights from the River, canal, on up.
Winding around the north-east mountain top, the path begins to go down towards the Stone Tower and Split Rocks Cliff Overlook. Buried in undergrowth are massive boulders, which look like mythological ruins from a forgotten civilization.