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Update Day 28: High Winds on Lake Pepin – Follow this Mississippi River source-to-sea canoe voyage

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Jean-Canot Stephen Walker, my friend and fellow Quapaw Canoe Company guide, is paddling the length of the Mississippi River this summer in a canoe. He will travel from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico.
Follow his adventures here.

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Video | Five tips to know about using a ferrocerium rod for emergency fire making

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Your survival gear is as effective as your ability to use. Here is how to use a ferrocerrium rod to make sparks for firemaking.

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Video: Urban foraging | Edible and medicinal plants may be easy to find.

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It’s a great idea to combine normal activities with preparedness training. In this case, a nightly dog walk became a wild plant foraging adventure.

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Video: Standing on the corner, in Winslow, Arizona

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Anybody who grew up in the mid-70s knows the Eagles and their hit song “Take It Easy”. We had to go stand on the famous corner mentioned in the song.

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Video: Bucket list – Best swimming hole ever!

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Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona, is a must-see-and-do for swimming hole enthusiasts.

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Video: Walking with Naga – Foraging for mullein in the Oregon high desert

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Naga, my 10-year-old Labrador Retriever and I walk every day, regardless of the weather or where we might be. Sometimes our outings end up becoming adventures or evolve into other activities.

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Video: Bucket list check – hiking a Utah slot canyon

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Slot canyons are narrow gorges in soft rocks like Utah’s layered sedimentary deposits. Hiking one has been on my bucket list for a long time. I finally got to do it.

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Build a brick rocket stove: Is it safe to use concrete blocks?

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Will concrete blocks “explode” if you make a rocket stove out of them? Here’s feedback I got.

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Video: Old guitar is life-changing instrument

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Some apparently mundane items become the launching point for greater things later on. Or the little things might end up being a big thing. Like the Yamaha guitar I bought some 50 years ago. It opened the world of music to me.

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The Mini-Sportsman is a quality fillet/boning knife.

Knife review | The Bark River Kalahari Mini-Sportsman may be the fillet/boning knife for you

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A fillet knife may end up being the most useful blade you have. Here’s a new version of an already great piece of cutlery.

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