The End.  But just in case…

The End. But just in case…

Okay…You KNOW I had to make a Dec 21, 2012 post.  Hopefully you’re all around to read it ;) Instead of talking about The End though, how about something practical — like emergency car kits? My sister-in-law called the other day to find out what she should put in a car kit, so I thought I’d sketch out some of the details here in case you guys haven’t put one in the car yet.  Modify this for your area (e.g., if you’re not prone to snow, etc) Since my brother drives 35 miles of winding canyon road in a ski town, we planned for severe winter driving, and the possibility that he’d slide off the road and get stranded. In a summertime camping cooler (because it’s empty and unused right now) she put: Waterproof matches A soup can for starting fires An emergency blanket (the silver one) One of their extra warm down sleeping bags (also unused from the camping season) High calorie food bars A water bottle — either empty to fill with snow and melt, or full A collapsible shovel A whistle A compass and old-school paper map of the area (never know where you’re going to get stranded…nice to know if a subdivision is right over that hill, or if you’re 10 miles away from the nearest house.  Print a satellite view of google maps in a pinch.) Flashlight Extra batteries — in an ziploc for extra waterproofing Extra clothes — especially extra boots and several pair of warm socks First aid kit Because of the sheer amount of snow and the absolute likelihood that he’ll...
Winter Motorcycle Safety

Winter Motorcycle Safety

Surviving the Winter on a Motorcycle – Guest Post   Today, I’m excited to introduce Gina Williams to you as our guest today.  Gina is passionate about motorcycle safety, and I asked her to give you some safety tips for winter motorcycle riding.  How does that fit with survival, you may ask?  Great question :)  Bikes are a great survival tool to maneuver around and through traffic in both evacuation scenarios, and if roads have experienced trauma, but those situations don’t always happen during the warm summer months.  Here are Gina’s tips on winter safety: Winter conditions are some of the worst for those that love to ride motorcycles.   Some motorcyclists even cease riding altogether during the winter months due to its harsh conditions; the most common months for riding are between May and the fall. However, for those whose only vehicle is a motorcycle, or those who refuse to let weather get in the way of their fun, here are some tips for surviving the winter on a motorcycle. Adjust Your Riding Gear No matter what time of the year it is, you should always wear the right gear: Protective gloves and shoes. A protective jacket and pair of pants, or a full-riding suit. A Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet, at all times. The winter, however, requires that you wear heavy winter clothes in addition to your protective clothes.  So you must make sure that either you have gear specifically for the winter or that your all-year gear can accommodate this additional bulk. In particular you will need to: Utilize a pair of waterproof winter gloves, which...

When is a Shortcut a Bad Idea?

How well do you know your shortcut? Do you rely on street signs without knowing it?  I was driving my usual route when it started to snow…then blizzard. Visibility was less than 10 feet. Street signs were covered with snow. Everyone was driving less than 2 miles an hour. Being the genius navigator I am, I thought I could take a short cut and stay off the main (clogged) roads. What should have taken me a few minutes, and right to my location, took me miles away from my destination, and I didn’t even realize I’d taken a wrong turn because nothing looked like it was supposed to.When street signs and man-made landmarks no longer exist, when the landscape no longer looks like it did yesterday, will you know where you’re going?I have no idea how to work a compass…but I’m about to learn, and find one that fits on my keychain. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...