Fall Back Hang on Chimney Island, SC

A little late this morning, because I’m getting ready for a SSI hearing and for the MACE convention in Charlotte, NC this weekend.

I had fun this weekend. I joined the Palmetto State Hangers camping on Chimney Island on Lake Marion this weekend. It took me an hour for the drive, I paid for overnight parking at Harry’s Fish Camp, then was shuttled by boat to the island.

There were only a few people Friday night, but more showed up on Saturday. A couple stayed in tents instead of hammocks, some only stayed for the day or got a room for the night, a few kayakers even popped in to say hi.

Our host drove us around in the boat on a tour. We went to a few islands in the area including: Henderson, Church and a few others. I found some gravestones of possible revolutionary era relatives. There are pictures below in the slideshow.

I learned a few new things about hanging, and saw some new products. Many of the group actually made their own gear.We even had a mascot, a young German Shepherd, named Mina. She was very energetic and friendly.

The two things that I tested out were:

  • the One Tigris under-quilt that I bought for my birthday. It didn’t go below 50 degrees at night but kept me warm, I do need to learn how to keep it centered, but it worked well.
  • UST Emergency Food Ration Bars (apple cinnamon flavor), I only ate some as a snack instead of a meal, but it did help with my appetite. The taste is ok, its like a dry biscuit, so you do need water with it. You do need something to seal it up in because they are not individually wrapped. It is only 2400 calories, so if you are active, you will need at least one for a multi-day camping trip.

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We cleaned up before we left and buried the coals from the fire. As I was packing up my care to leave, I had to dump one of my bags because a large wolf spider tried to come home with me.


Wildcraft! Board Game

I am running the Wildcraft! board game from Learningherbs.com at the Mace convention in Charlotte, NC in November. This game is for ages 4+, for 1-4 players. It is like a cooperative chutes and ladders type game. You can buy it at Amazon, or the Learning Herbs website.

“This is a cooperative board game that explores healing herbs.

Grandma needs huckleberries to bake a pie. You and your cousins embark on an adventure up the mountain to collect berries as well as herbs she uses. Will you all harvest the right plants to help with the trouble you run into along the way? Will you make it back before nightfall? The only way to win is by helping each other out. Wildcraft! teaches you 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants) It also teaches team work, for you will rely on each other’s knowledge of plants and good fortune to make it to the Huckleberry Patch and safely back to Grandma’s. Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It’s a beautifully illustrated, nature based, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games.”

I ran it for 2 children and 2 adults, on Saturday 21 Oct 2017, we all had fun, but didn’t actually finish the game because it got too late for the kids to stay up. The rules are simple, although I think I will bring six sided dice as a option instead of the spinner.

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DIY Toothpaste

I have decided to start making my own toothpaste, because store-bought doesn’t seem to help and some of them burn my mouth. Many of these whiten your teeth, help your gums and help tooth pain. Below are some links to recipes that I’ve found. I will be experimenting to see which one works best for me, as soon as I buy the ingredients.

Blast from the Past: DIY Laundry Soap

This is a post from my previous blog. Occasionally, I’ll dig up old post that still has relevance.


Yesterday, I started a batch of laundry soap. Then had to let it set in a covered bucket.
I was very busy doing household chores today, so didn’t get around to separating it into different containers. I had to stir it because it had set a little too much.
Below us the link to the recipe: http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/homemade-liquid-laundry-detergent-plus-a-free-printable-label/

There are many variations in this recipe, but this is the one I use. Depending on how often and how much you do laundry, is how long it will last a long time. It keeps us going for 6+ months.

Pooka’s Ramblings: New Gear

I received some new gear for my recent birthday.

They include: a Mora Classic 2

OneTigris hammock underquilt (3 season)

Hoanan H2O tactical molle water bottle carrier

These items will add to my bushcrafting kit. I already have a Kammok Roo set (including the kammok, glider rainfly, mosquito net, python straps and storm doors; I backed the kickstarter to get these as a set), a basic Bug Out Bag, but I am working on slimming it down so I can carry it easily without excess weight or items.

The Hoanan H2o water pouch will be my EDC that I will carry when I don’t have my BOB. It will be a basic kit. When I complete it, I will post the inventory. After I use the above items on a trip, I will post reviews of them.

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Pooka’s Ramblings

While surfing the internet last weekend I found a video on YouTube, it was about DomeGaia’s aircrete dome houses and what else you could do with this technology. It is not new tech, but a re-imagining of tech that is already out there.

This video led me to DomeGaia‘s website. I really like this idea, I just wish their Little Dragon pump and foam machine were cheaper. They do have a DIY design you can make yourself if you have the skills.

I researched this subject over the weekend, and like their way to construct a dome house better than the domes in West, Tx; earthbag homes or even the Trashman’s earthships.

It is rated for hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc. The structure is very strong and fairly cheap. A few people can make this house themselves.There are many different ways to build dome/earthship houses. Personally, I like the aesthetics of the dome better and the aircrete makes everything so much simpler.

Here are some links to other dome/earth style house constructions:










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Irma cleanup

We are cleaning up from Irma still. Not much damage but lots of water. Some people weren’t so lucky though, even some deaths.

Downtown Charleston and most coastal areas had a lot of flooding. The battery was under waste deep water. Peoples roof collapsed. Areas were unreachable causing people to be stranded. Many trees were uprooted because of waterlogged soil.

I’m just glad we’re in SC and not Florida, they took the brunt of it after it hit the continental US. Of course, the Caribbean took the worse.

Work was out of power yesterday, and cleanup today. I’ll update if anything changes.

Next time we need to get a stronger tarp to wrap the greenhouse and tie it down better. We need to buy a generator, and some hand radios. Besides that we’re mostly good.