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Overnight Backpack Camping Gear

Posted in Hikes, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by Drogo

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)

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* see also:  Survival Inventory List

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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Posted in Pagan, Psychology, SCOD Thesis, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by Drogo

This powerful psychoactive drug is also called LSD-25, lysergide, and commonly ‘acid’. LSD is a psychedelic catalyst derived from the fungus ergot. It is well known for its extreme psychological effects. Affected mind functions include altered sensory perception and transcendental cognitive processes. Most of the effects LSD has on the mind, are still mysterious; despite years of scientific research and civilian recreational experimentation.

LSD is NOT addictive, does NOT physically ‘damage’ the brain, and is chemically NOT lethal (low toxicity). Despite those known facts, it is also true that the psychological reactions of LSD are unpredictable; but often include extreme amounts of anxiety, delusions, illusions, confusion, trances, and paranoia. So users of LSD should be warned in depth, and have therapy support resources before, during, and after LSD affects their system. Experiences on LSD are called ‘trips’, referring to how our mind can ‘travel’ in various ways, get ‘tripped-up’ (and fall afterwards), and how such shifting thoughts create and become adventures.

The first scientist to synthesize LSD was Albert Hofmann in 1938. Arthur Stoll discovered the chemical found in the grain-fungus ergot that grows on rye (grain / bread). In 1947 Sandoz Laboratories made and sold LSD as an industrial product called Delysid. In the 1950’s the CIA composed proposals and conducted programs involving LSD. The main CIA LSD research program was ‘MK-ULTRA’. CIA officials covertly gave the drug to many young American military soldiers and students; in attempts to discover chemical weapon and mind control applications. Within a few years LSD had gone ‘main-stream’, and was being used nation-wide ‘recreationally’ by the 1960’s popular counter-culture movements (hippies and other radicals). Main-stream political authorities were opposed to the mass protestors, and therefore banned the ‘consciousness-expanding’ drug LSD, “for their own good”. Now, it is currently still illegal to possess or sell LSD.

In pure form it is a clear, odorless, tasteless, solid; however it is usually transferred to paper, or administered as a liquid. LSD liquid is usually dripped onto ‘blotter’ paper, gelatin, or sugar cubes for consumption. Small drops are used because of the potency of small quantities. LSD affects 5-HT(2a) receptors in the brain.

Despite our linguistic lack of words, and the limits of those words, to describe mental or spiritual experiences; I will attempt to list and explain some of what is known by scientists and users alike. I have divided the subject of LSD effects into two main categories: sensory perception and cognitive reasoning. The two functions of ‘sensing’ and ‘thinking’ are obviously connected, but this deconstruction is meant to logically explore and understand what a human mind can go through, while on LSD. All LSD experiences depend on the user’s previous experiences, current state-of-mind, and environment; as well as dose strength of the drug. Timothy Leary spoke about the ‘set & setting’ of LSD use.

Sensory Effects: LSD can cause physical sensory (and nervous system) reactions such as visual ‘illusions’, pupil dilation, synesthesia, audio echoes, sound confusion, electro-magnetic sensitivity, time perception changes, appetite changes, wakefulness, numbness, weakness, nausea, temperature changes, hyperactivity, goose bumps, clenching, perspiration, hyper-reflexia, tremors, strong metallic taste, and heightened senses. The sensory effects of LSD are highly variable and often vague, some of which may be secondary to the psychological effects of LSD, the user, the environment, and other drugs. Time sense experience repeats, stops, slows, stretches, and quickens. Visual ‘illusions’ for LSD include: colors, tones, shades, patterns (textures), hallucinations, blurs (tracers), image replication, eidetic imagery, flight, floating, and many other optical deviations. Objects and surfaces appear to ripple, flow, breathe, change shape, change color qualities, and animate.

Cognitive Effects: LSD trips often have long-term psychological effects. It can cause significant changes in mental conditions, life goals, personality, social perspective, and universal consciousness. LSD affects thought in relation to memory, time, objects, senses, self identity (ego and personality), emotional feelings (moods), connectivity, and every other type of cognition. When LSD is taken ‘Doors of perception’ tend to open in the mind, allowing users to ‘look or move into another way of perceiving reality’. LSD works within the first hour of taking it, but lasts for an average of 12 hours. LSD is used as an ‘entheogen’ by psychedelic shamans and new-age ‘psychonauts’ for spiritual therapy. Higher doses often cause intense distortions of perception such as synesthesia, catatonic trances, distortions of space, temporal dimensions, and temporary dissociation. LSD is often helpful for intense therapeutic sessions like: pain reduction, anger management, aura cleansing, soul searching, inspiring creativity, enhancing imagination, self-awareness, pattern recognition, metaphysical sexuality, empathetic melding, and other forms of psycho-therapy.

 

Warning! If the user is in a hostile or otherwise unsettling environment, or is not mentally prepared for the powerful distortions in perception and thought that the drug causes, effects are more likely to be unpleasant; in contrast to a pleasant atmosphere in a comfortable environment with a relaxed, balanced, and open mind-set. This strong drug is illegal, but the US DEA makes false statements regarding it, just as they do with other illegal drugs. LSD may trigger panic attacks or feelings of extreme anxiety, colloquially referred to as a ‘bad trip’. No real prolonged effects have been proven; however, people with such conditions as schizophrenia and depression can worsen with LSD. CIA tests show that LSD does make people more susceptible to suggestion and interogation. LSD ‘flashbacks’ (intense deja-vu) can occur sometimes, from related ‘triggers’. Flashback triggers can be caused by other drugs, or just mentally (drug-free). Flashbacks can be as real as hallucinations recreating specific experiences, or simply vague feelings of recollection.

New clinical LSD experiments started in 2009 for the first time in 40 years. From 2008–2011 there has been ongoing research in Switzerland into using LSD to alleviate anxiety for terminally ill cancer patients coping with their impending deaths. Preliminary results from the study are promising, and no negative effects have been reported. The Beckley Foundation, MAPS, Heffter Research Institute, and the Albert Hofmann Foundation exist to fund, encourage and coordinate research into the medicinal and spiritual uses of LSD and related psychedelics. Thanks Wikipedia!

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Blackberry Cove Herbal Book

Posted in Book Reports, Food & Drink, Medical, Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Drogo

BLACKBERRY COVE HERBALS

West Virginia Wise-woman healing with wild herbs in the Appalachian Mountains; according to organic, rural folk-traditions.

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2nd Edition (Full Color):  Paperback book

2nd Edition (Full Color Illustrated):  Kindle ebook

2nd Edition (Greytone Illustrated):  Paperback book

3rd Edition (Text Only):  Kindle ebook

 

 

Some Survival Gear

Posted in Hikes, SCOD Fallout Projects, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2013 by Drogo

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).

Notes:

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.”

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(special thanks to the Facebook group Wilderness and Urban Survival tips)

* see also:  Hiking Backpack List

u can do anything, here’s how i did

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

here’s how i ….
traveled-  my mom drove my sis and i from FL to CT, we took a train to NYC and that’s how i stood on the tallest building there.
my two friends split the cost of gas to CA and back, so i drove my car from coast to coast.  i stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way back, cause it was on the map.  for 25$ and a few nights of sleeping in my car.  i saw a deer jump off the edge and when i looked over i saw a circle of rocks, so i jumped too.  that’s how i came to jump off the Grand Canyon and rock climb about 50ft straight back up.  that was the scariest thing i’d ever done till i found myself walking on the side of a snow covered volcano in New Zealand.
i got to NZ because i gave up on getting my AA and was told that at 25yo i should move out of my mothers house.  i took the rest of my student loan, sold my truck and most of my stuff, got a bit of $ from my family.  i got my passport and looked up online how to get the 12month working holiday visa  and took a plane to NZ.  little over 4,000USD.  i got off the plane and found the information booth which helped me get a phone card/discount card for hostels.  then i got on to a bus to the city of Auckland.  after walking less than a block from the bus stop and into a hostel where i booked a room for 2 nights, i realized that i had way too much stuff.  i gave about half away after sleeping for over a day.  it was that easy.  a passport, visa (i got online for free) and a plane ticket!
the rest was talking to people.  other travelers tell you more than you need or ever care to know.  the locals tell you things you would have never thought to ask.  the best part is no matter where your from, what you do or don’t know, we can all communicate!  i met germans that knew less english then i know german, spanish kids who knew only spanish, french guys who only know french and some spanish, and we all expressed ourselves and understood the basics.  lots of hand movements and pointing and drawing pics and showing on the map or online.  one kid had an app on his cell that translated what he typed.
i spent all my $ in about 4 months and never got a job there.  i traveled for free much of the time.  couchsurfing.org  WWOOF (google it) and standing on the side of the road with a sign got me all over two islands!

traveling can be free.
most of it’s just about asking.  i asked the internet for a New Zealand visa and after a few clicks found it.  i asked my friends about going to CA and OH and then we went, sometimes sharing gas cost other times not.  i said that it’d be cool to see this or that and next thing i knew i was there.  many times i got asked if i’d like to… and it was as easy as saying yes, or even pointing out that i would love to if it’s cheap or free.

“it never hurts to ask!  what’s the worst that happens?  you get told no, well if you never ask it’s as good as a no.”

and i’d add, just keep asking, ask different ways and to as many people as you meet.  tell the world what you desire to see, do, or have!  the worst that could happen is you have to make or do it yourself.  likely tho you’ll end up asking the right person at some point and they will the ones to help you get it.

so that’s how i’ve seen America, Jamica, New Zealand, Camon Island’s, Mexico and it’s how i’ve climbed volcanoes, jumped out of a plane, camped in the forest and in a city, seem water falls, sat in how water rivers drinking wine by moon light, canoed for a week, swam in the oceans, went to a ren-fair in NZ and a few in the states, and that’s how i plane to see the rest of the world!

so… anyone going to Europe?  tibet?  china?  how about WA?  ok, maybe just around FL, i want to get out to tampa and back up to st. augustine, or just a canoe trip or camping weekend?

p.s. megabus is cheap for the east coast of USA, train passes are the cheapest for europe and hitching is best in NZ and AUS

safe traveling, be smart, think

look what i can do

Posted in Hikes, History, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

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.