Yesterday was M's birthday. We drove up into North Carolina to do some birthday present shopping. In the parking lot at the store she likes in Murphy,NC the temperature was 96 degrees. The temperatures are highest in the South and the North East. Tonight the local weather channel we watch out of Atlanta said it will be hotter here tomorrow, and hotter in the West and SouthWest.
There are forest fires all over the West. Here's a link to a good map for general locations.
Below is another useful map about fire locations.
We've been having so much rain that forest fires are not likely here. But I keep an eye on that very closely in summer. That bad fire season we had a few years ago made a believer out of me.
I always post the magazines I subscribe to when they come in, or if I find one on the news stands, or on the net.
Centennial Outdoors has been publishing survival oriented magazines for several months now. I didn't buy the first one, because it was just too simplistic. The second wasn't bad, and the one below, which just came out, is really good.
I'm not usually very interested in magazines about bugging out, or living in the back woods on a minimalist level. This magazine had some articles in it that I really found interesting, though. Things like how to roast coffee beans, grind them up, and make coffee. I have a sack of beans my son left here, and I have a coffee grinder, but I've not used them. I'm going to give it a try now. Some of the articles were written in such a manner that the information was useful whether you are sheltering in place, or bugging out. Years ago, there was a lady who had a good survival blog, and she put out a little book, paperback, with good basic information. I hadn't heard of her in years, and I thought maybe she passed away, but she's got an article in this issue. All in all, the magazine was certainly worth ten dollars.
Survivalism and Homesteading are two different things, but they do overlap. I've started buying some of the Mother Earth News special editions, because they deal with things I work on up here. They run ten to fifteen dollars, so I don't buy them all, but if they have an article I want, I pick them up.
If you go to their web page, you can buy some of the issues from past years for as little as a dollar. The information is still useful, if you live in the country, or you want to.
The two magazines above are oriented towards people who want to live on a very basic level. If you want to go "Mountain Man"style, they're both great. I almost bought a copy of American Frontiersman today because they had some great adds for tomahawks. These things were the real deal, and I was seized with the desire to buy one. But on reflection,I realized I could find the things on line without buying the magazine, and my magazine budget is already somewhat bloated.
Backwoodsman , as I've mentioned before, is a great place to get published. They are friendly to new authors, and if the material is of interest to their readers they'll publish it, though you shouldn't expect to finance a vacation on the proceeds, if any. My brother has been published in there a couple of times, and if he can do it, you can too.
There are a lot of magazines out there on hobby farms, building cabins, and the like. They do have some interesting information but not enough to spend my money on. Same thing with the "primitive living" magazines. I am not particularly interested in how to build a cow crap and mud shelter, or how to make a raw hide breech clout. There are magazines for the cave man wannabe, though. I just don't buy them.
If anybody knows of a good magazine I should be buying, let me know. I've started subscribing to more of them now that they are disappearing from the news stand.