Question for the Reader

Today, I actually have a question for you. As you may already know, coffee is one of the few things that I miss about modern society. Sometimes I really crave it, to the point where I wonder what I can do to get some. I want to stay where I am, and I have no interest in going back to the big city, but I want to be able to drink some coffee once in awhile. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to travel to the nearest town and try to barter in order to get some coffee. I do not want to tap into my savings in order to buy it, because dealing with money is one of the things that I wanted to escape when I left the city.

However, I was wondering if maybe I would be able to trade a pelt for some coffee. Would this be something I would actually be able to do? Would it be appropriate? You can let me know exactly what you think in the comments, but I can tell you that I want coffee enough that I am willing to resort to something like this in order to get it. Though I love being away from it all, coffee is one of the things that I wish I was not away from. I don’t think it would be cheating when it comes to my commitment to stay away from the bustling modern world if I were to trade a pelt for some coffee, but I want to know what you think on this matter.

Skinning Animals

Many people think of hunting as just a way to get some food. Though this is a major reason to go hunting, it is not the only one. You could also use the skin of the animal to make some pretty nice items. This is how leather and fur coats are made, after all, and people even in the city enjoy those.

I haven’t yet figured out how to skin an animal for leather. It’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be, and it is hard to preserve the skin of the animal without ruining it during the process. However, I have basically mastered how to skin an animal for fur. It has been a pleasure or learning how to do this, not to mention that it has given me all sorts of comfortable clothes, as well as blankets to keep me warm on cold winter nights. I have made some pretty nice rugs out of this fur as well. If you are ever interested in doing this, you should know that it is probably a lot easier than you think. It was easier than I thought it would be. Now, I just need to master how to do the same thing with leather, and I’ll be all set in this way.

Missing Coffee

Though I love my life out here, one thing I will say I miss a great deal is coffee. I used to drink coffee every single day, to the point where some people might have called me a coffee addict. Of course, I don’t have any real access to coffee out here, and I sometimes wish I did. I have figured out how to make a pretty delicious tea using pine needles, but it’s just not the same. I wouldn’t trade my life out here for the chance to go back into the city and drink coffee everyday, but it is one of the things that I miss for sure.

How to Eat Fish

There are so many different ways you can eat fish. I didn’t realize this until I came out here and saw for myself all of the things that can be done with fish. Before, all I would do when I wanted to eat some fish is just order it at a restaurant or buy it at a store frozen. Now, I know that there is more than one way to eat it.

Though there are many different ways to cook fish, I actually sometimes like to eat the fish raw. However, I would caution you against to doing this yourself. There are many microbes that live within these fish, and you need to make sure safety is a consideration if you want to eat it raw. Of course, there are people who eat fish raw, even in your plugged in modern world. Sushi is very popular, and raw fish is often a very important component of sushi. However, you should definitely make sure that you are doing this in as safe a way as possible if you decide to eat raw fish. Typically, raw fish is safe to eat when it has been frozen first. This is because freezing it will kill off all of the microorganisms that could make you sick if you simply keep it in the refrigerator, which is a more optimal temperature for these microorganisms to grow and reproduce.

However, I do not always like to eat fish while. Sometimes I enjoy cooking it. Sometimes I like to cook it in a pot, but my favorite way of cooking fish is to cook it over an open flame with a skewer. I find that it tastes the best this way, and I also enjoy the process more when I do this. I’m still working out how to bury fish in the ground so that it can properly ferment without animals who live around here digging it up and eating it before I have a chance to get to it.

Bowhunting vs. Gun Hunting and the Joys of Fishing

There are multiple reasons why I prefer bow hunting to gun hunting. Even though I didn’t know much about this when I lived in the city, I have learned since living in the throes of nature that there is a huge difference between the two.

Bowhunting actually requires a great deal more skill and finesse than does gun hunting. Guns are powerful and can shoot at much longer ranges. Though modern and bows and arrows are able to shoot at longer ranges than the bows and arrows of hundreds of years ago, they are still quite a bit harder to use than guns. You need to be able to exercise more skill when it comes to aiming and shooting with a bow and arrow than with a gun. This makes it so that when you do shoot your pray, it is much more of an accomplishment than it would have been if you had used a gun to do it. In addition, bows and arrows are much quieter than guns. A big part of why I came out to the woods in the first place is because I wanted peace and quiet. Guns are incredibly loud, which is not something I need to tell you because you probably already know. A bow and arrow will shoot your prey without disrupting everything else in the surrounding nature and creating unwanted loud noise.

I have also come to see just how wonderful fishing is. Since I love peace and quiet so much, it makes sense that I would love sitting in a boat and waiting for a fish to take the bait. It really allows you to get in touch with yourself and with nature, not to mention everything you learn about the art of fishing itself while you are out there.

Overall, I have found this whole experience to be a very humbling one when it comes to what I have learned about hunting and fishing. One thing that I have learned is how very wasteful we are as humans when it comes to using the gains from the hunt. So much of the meat and everything else that comes with it is just thrown away and not used for anything. I have learned to use everything that the animal has to offer  when I go hunting or fishing. I figure, this animal gave its life for this endeavor, so the least we can do is honor the animal by using every bit of it.