For those of you too young to recognize it…that would be from the theme from Gilligan’s Island…and except for the island surrounded by water part, that is exactly how I lived for a few weeks while I was off in Virginia with FabTeen, being mountain men!
We lived in a camp, learned 17th century crafts and even had to dress the part or we were considered “naked” and couldn’t participate!
My cot is the one on the right without the mosquito netting!
See how the walls of the tent don’t go all the way to the floor…and the slats in my wooden pallet floor? These were welcoming open doors for my multiple roommates!
Susanna (my human roommate and much preferred to the spidery ones) and I had a nightly bedtime ritual that sadly did not include hot cocoa and bedtime stories. Instead we would call in one of the nonspider fearing men to remove by hand a dozen or so spiders from our tent….no matter…every single night, by the middle of the night, new ones had moved in!
The closeup is the back of my tent…the little structure up hill is the bathroom! No running water…and I always did spider and snake checks before I sat down!
This was our little “village” in the woods, with the fire in the center and the tents all around it:
We built fires and cooked all of our meals over it…
Showers were also very primitive…and were a 25 minute hike there and back into “town” which translates to base camp (where FabHubs and FabStepson were!) I even had company in the shower!Sounds like a lot of work and struggles…but still I had a lot of fun and did a lot of firsts…I learned how to blacksmith! Like Mother, Like Son… I learned how to start a fire without matches…using flint and steel! I filled my water bottle from this pump….I was surprised the water tasted really good..I am very picky about my water too!Learned some old-fashioned games:Learned to weave…and I am much better at weaving than blacksmithing! Made a sheath, and then made a knife to put in the sheath: Learned how to load and shoot a black powder rifle (and it turns out I am a pretty good shot too!)
There is so much more that I did…but this post is getting long! And since this is a food blog I know you are curious how I handled the food part!
So I will be writing another post about how I managed too eat while I was in totally meat-based environment with no access to my yummy organics or grocery!