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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Winter is coming

No, I’m not talking about Game of Thrones. I’m talking about the snow and cold that afflicts the northern parts of our country. Winter in snow country is not something you want to go into unprepared. Back in the old days, those who didn’t prepare froze or starved to death. It wasn’t pretty. If you put up garden veggies or heat with firewood, you have some idea what kind of effort is involved. Winters can be harsh, but thanks to modern technology, it’s a lot easier than it used to be.

A former military friend of mine always worries about winter. He felt that if something nasty was going to happen to the country, winter would be the time for it. Heck, natural disasters provide enough drama even without there being evil intent. One good ice storm can take the power down and render the roads useless. He felt winter would be the the time for an adversary to do mischief.

With that in mind he recently added almost 500 dehydrated long term storage meals to his preps. He already had food storage, but it was bulky. Commercial dehydrated stuff is easy to transport and keeps for years. If you can boil water, you can prepare it. Buying in bulk like that, his price per meal was pretty reasonable. The guy felt is was cheap insurance. He now feels a bit better about the approaching winter.

Of course, my response to this coming winter will involve heading south. The idea is to trailer the sailboat south until it stops looking weird.


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