May 7, 2007- Camping lessons learned

Took the boys camping at Kars Park just south of the space center. Had a great view of the cruise ships in port. Taught the kids how to use a knife and start a fire without matches. Found some things out during this trip:

1) Read the directions! Spent an hour trying to start a fire using the magnesium stick and a knife. After reading the directions, found out you need to have enough shavings to cover a quarter size area. Once I did that, started right up. Oh, also plan to have more tinder than you need for one shot in case the fire doesn’t catch the first time and DON”T USE A KNIFE THAT HAS A COATING ON IT!

2) Didn’t bring sheets for the air mattress- or pillows. Had sleeping bags, but it was too warm for them when we went to sleep. Made for an uncomfortable early morning when the temp dropped and had to rearrange things to take the chill off.

3) Let the kids do the cooking– they loved that stuff and it took some of the load off me. Brought lots of food, but should have brought more drinks. Had to make a water run for dinner.

I may not be the first to die if civilization falls, but definitely need to work on my survival skills. Will have to do this more than once a year in order to keep my skills up.

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About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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