Go with the flow

A brief post this week, written in haste as I prepare for a Wilderness First Aid course. If I don’t post anything next week, you’ll know I muddled slings with knots, tarps with triangle bandages, and ended up tied to a tree. Hopefully without an impalement injury, and dressed for the weather to avoid hypothermia…

Ready for any weather and all adventures!

I’ve not done a 40 hour WFA course, so this will be an interesting experience. I’ve heard stories about participants getting injured, especially during nighttime scenarios, so given my ability to slip, trip and fall in daylight, I hope my fellow participants and I can limit the after dark damage.

Talking of dark damage, how about the debate earlier this week? My brain needed a splint after that. Mentally speaking, I’m still in the recovery position. I won’t even mention my first response…

The photos this week were taken from our visit to Long Beach last weekend. You can see the debris and channels carved from the strong winds and heavy rain run off. I’m glad we moved the training from last week to this for the course – what a fortunate decision that turned out to be. The program was running whatever the weather, and the weather this week has been dry. Phew. Let’s not make my slipping chances any higher.

We’re taking some positive minded youth along for this one, and their energy and willingness to go with the flow when it comes to learning is something I’ll enjoy. I’ve heard mutterings about who they want to immobilize and carry out on a stretcher. They’ll change their minds and volunteer someone else when they think about my deadweight. “Carry him? Let’s shelter in place, he’s fine to wait it out!” I guess if they “accidentally” drop me, by later in the week they will know how to patch me up?

Stay safe, stay well, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

14 thoughts on “Go with the flow”

  1. Try not to get too banged up out there while training this week. Hopefully you won’t need First Aid, but if you do, your treatment is likely to be less painful than the Aid I required mentally after that “debate” last week. Must say, though, my recovery has been hastened by a lot of “Well, well, well now” news emanating from the Capitol. That said, have a great week, and thanks again.


  2. Love the photos and actually Scout looks a little concerned about your adventure knowing how she has had to safely lead the way along the slippery logs and all the holes she created. I now realize how painful it actually was to watch the debate because after reading this I would actually sign up for this course over watching another debate (or the news…or press conferences..) Wishing the best for you and your group this week and I’m sure it will be as successful as first place Everton! Be safe!!


    1. Thank you! I had my eyes bandaged for one scenario, and for the next debate, might do the same. Keep the sensory overload to a minimum. I’d go so far as to switch it off, but then I’d be uninformed. Except there’s hardly any content to learn. I wonder if the toddler will make a miraculous recovery and appear at the next debate claiming COVID isn’t so bad…
      Meanwhile, Everton!
      Have a good week.

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  3. I did a WFA with NOLS here in Sweden. I was very impressed with the content and how it was taught. Nighttime scenarios were good learning! Two years ago now, so I’m in for recertification. Have a good course! Handsome dog btw!


  4. Had to chuckle at your last paragraph, pc, about the positive-minded youth thinking twice about carrying your deadweight out. Your writing is a joy, full of fun twists and thoughts. I actually read this post after I read the next week’s post about Thanksgiving, so I am happy to know that you made it out of there in one piece, at least able to write and give thanks. Sounds like an adventurous and challenging week, I hope the Wilderness First Aid course was a success. Sending smiles your way. Lovely photos, BTW, and a regal one of Scout.


    1. It was quite the wilderness week! Once I’ve got my thoughts in order, there might be some stories I can share, with a few changes to protect the innocent.
      Scout most certainly believes she’s the queen of all she surveys!

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