Baking in Ashes

It feels wrong not to know basic survival skills our ancestors knew. We’ve let too many fade from our collective knowledge. I try to do my part by learning outdoor skills the pioneers used, so I was thrilled to receive an antique book, Camping and Woodcraft, as a gift. Horace Kephart wrote the first edition … Continue reading Baking in Ashes

Hoosier in the Rain

The weatherman forecasted rain for our early-May backpacking trip to Hoosier National Forest. A few less-determined people canceled the trip because the weather wasn’t to their liking. Thursday afternoon we drove away from the threatening rain in Illinois into the blue skies of southern Indiana. Fourteen hikers gathered at Yellow River State Park, had an … Continue reading Hoosier in the Rain