Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sunday. Two hours before dawn and still raining.
It's a little after 5 a.m. so the dawn should be coming up in a couple of hours. When it does, I'll put on my rain suit and walk down to the bottom of the mountain to check the bridge.
I'm not an engineer and I won't be able to see just from looking if it's safe to use, but I should be able to see if it's not. My wife wanted to take the jeep down there yesterday, in the middle of torrential rain, and look at the bridge. I seriously doubt we could drive down the mountain. I have heard too many trees crashing in the forest over the last two days to have any expectations that the trail is not blocked.
I haven't been out and around the property, but I am fairly sure we got by largely unscathed. There are a couple of small things that need fine tuning but overall, given the extent of the wind and the rain, we were fortunate.
I opened the big number 10 can of vegetarian hot dogs this morning. They aren't bad. I don't think I would like them just plain, but as far as cutting them up and cooking them with rice and potatoes, or something of that nature, they should do nicely. There were about twenty hot dogs in the can, and a lot of good broth.
I cleaned out the can. I buy number 10 lids from Emergency Essentials, and a person can always use a good steel can. All in all, I think I got my ten dollars worth. If the scratch and dint grocery store in North Carolina has more of these when I go up there next, I'll add a few more to the pantry.
If I get hungry today I plan to scramble some eggs, put some jalapenos in with them, some garlic, and cut up a few of these fake hot dogs. I read somewhere that veggie fake meat is a good source of protein, so it should be tasty and healthy.
The latest edition of Survivalist continues the current trend among preparedness magazines in that it concentrates on fortifying homes, and self defense. Personally, I don't think a person will learn a lot from a magazine article about unarmed combat, or knife fighting, but I suppose it might at least spur some people to get real training. I usually skip over those, but the "martial arts" articles are becoming a lot more prevalent than they used to be. So are the "best survival guns" types. I read them, because I'm interested in firearms, but the idea of a set of "best " guns doesn't make sense to me because the weapon has to be tailored to the user. Still, generic articles are probably not a bad idea, there are a lot of novices getting into the "take care of yourself" mode these days. More every day, as the news gets worse.