Milkweed

Milkweed

** If there is one thing I must convey here is that if you are unsure of what you are touching or going to consume DO NOT ** get the correct books or do the research before you venture out. As in most cases a very small nibble or portion could/can kill you. **

**There are several poisonous look-a-likes for example Dogbane** Remember Milkweed does not have branches like the deadly ones.**

Hopefully we all know what it looks like but if not or just in case here is an example.

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Gather the leafy tops in the spring. Next wash off all the leaves and separate them from the little bit of stalk/stem that remains. I once read that these need to be brought to a boil and the water changed for three times even though I prefer four (softer). These are so tasty and tender with some butter, salt and pepper on them.

Thistles.

Thistles.

** If there is one thing I must convey here is that if you are unsure of what you are touching or going to consume DO NOT ** get the correct books or do the research before you venture out. As in most cases a very small nibble or portion could/can kill you. **

Thistles can be found in areas with disturbed soils. Along road sides (be careful of pesticides or vehicle waste) and are another plant that came from Europe and is now considered a weed.Look for the large purple flowering top.  It has very pronounced leaves with spikes along the edges. It has a flowering bulb on the top of the plant that is usually red and that even has thorn like projections on it.

Scrape off the outer sheath of the thistle and you can either consume the bottom portion of the stalk or the top. I prefer the top of these as they seem to taste better and are softer. You remove the spines from the stem. You can either boil them or eat raw as they are. Not one of my favorites …but will sustain you. The first year growths you can boil the stems and consume those.

**The only known look a like is horse nettle so please be sure!**

So hopefully this gives us one more to add to the books.

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Violets

** If there is one thing I must convey here is that if you are unsure of what you are touching or going to consume DO NOT** get the correct books or do the research before you venture out. As in most cases a very small nibble or portion could/can kill you. **

This is another one of those wild plants that is considered a weed by many. It is easily identifiable by the violet color where the name is derived from. The stalk contains no leaves and the leaves themselves are heart shaped. I gather the leaves or the flowers specifically. The flower consists of five (5) petals. The leaves have shallow teeth around the edge when identifying them and remember the heart shape. What is odd is that the flower and leaves emit from the ground separately, but in close proximity. Spring time makes them the easiest to identify and locate in my opinion.

One must be careful as the dwarf larkspur is similar to this plant while it has a different leaf and a spur behind the flower. **So see warning** the rhizome or stalks are toxic as well.

The arrow points to the violet in my area and its leaf. In some regions they are yellow or even blue in color. The yellow species may cause stomach issues so be careful if consumed in large quantities. I always seem to find these in somewhat moist or shadowed areas in my locale.

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You can add the flowers to honey as flavor or make a tea from them as well if you enjoy tea. Or dry store them and add to your favorite foods over the year for an extra bit of flavor. The leaves can be added to your bush salad. I never seem to find enough of these in one location so I use them as a snack.

 

So hopefully here is another plant we can ad to our collection of wild edibles.

Ray Black Fishing Sticks

Ray Black Fishing Sticks

I wanted something small that could be packed easily. At first I thought about one of those three foot kid poles and painting it as an alternative. So while in the sports shop I noticed these Ray Black fishing sticks. I remember my dad having one as I was a kid. These are basically a fancy drop line.  I thought these were small enough that they would slip into a pack, pouch or other location without too much hassle. They are about 13”X2”X1/4” overall. I did not weigh them, but they can not weigh more than 8 ounces each if that. The sticks were only $2@ and the line was $8 so I do not think this is too bad of an investment. So here are the gathered components for my simple project.

For the fishing line I chose to go with, “Ice line”, I have used this in black before. I feel it is more durable and has a 36lb test and is easier to work with the bare hands. However the shop owner states no one will buy or use black anymore so this almost fluorescent green will have to work. I guess in darker water this can have an advantage.

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With my first one, I wrapped somewhere between hopefully 25 to 30 yards around it [on both actually]. I do not think you could throw the line any further than that.

The next one I thought, what if I want to leave it while doing other camp chores, or if camp is not by the water source? So this Fishing stick I made a safety loop with carabineer. So I could say attach it to a tree or other object. This would also hopefully ensure that a larger (catch) fish would not drag off with the gear.

My Completed pair all ready to go minus hooks and sinkers of course. So for around $12 you have a system that can help to gather a source of food, which is tasty to eat too

These can go in the boat, car or a survival bag too

 

Survival kit, Never Leave Home Without It

Survival kit, Never Leave Home Without It or you might never return

home again

It may not guarantee your survival but it will better your odds

What you do with it that matters if you know how to affect your survival

Don’t let this situation effect your thinking, think positive since you

have the tools to survive

There is no embarrassment in admitting you are either in trouble or lost

I’ve been confused about my location several times, there’s no shame in admittance

The shame is being not surviving, being found by search and rescue one day after you’ve departed this world

Don’t be a number, be a story that lives on

 

Build two, practice with one, so you are ready if the time ever arrives

Morning visit

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Apples and carrots brought em in this morning. Lake Merwin, Wa.

Moka pot style espresso shots

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Found this in my backpacking stuff from years ago. Makes a potent little cup of pick-me-up. Pinky out… sip-sip 🙂

Here we are! Talkgroup 31655 in the list!

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We are listed! MW0MWZ’s list of brandmeister talkgroups.

Corn bread

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Dutch oven cooking takes lots of practice to get it right. Here is a good resource to ensure you get your cooking temperature correct.

My 92 Jeep “Cacuuy”

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We love our beaches down here in South Texas. It’s the only place to go to get away from civilization, 60 miles of no roads or anything man made.