Happy New Year Pack! I hope you all have enjoyed putting 2020 to bed and welcomed the new year surrounded by loved ones. All of the holiday rushing around and family gatherings (yes, we ignored Governor DeWine’s order and celebrated Christmas as we normally would … to no ill consequences) are behind us now, allowing us to more intensely focus on what 2021 may bring.
It would be both naive and foolish to think there is no way 2021 could end up being worse than 2020 …. especially with Joe Biden assuming the Oval Office seeming more and more likely. We must merely continue on preparing as we always do, and keeping eyes and ears keen about what is going on in our world.
During the past week, the weather has been outright nasty. Sure, it was nice to have a white Christmas for the first time in about a decade, but the snow and rain and freezing rain since have left us with an incredibly muddy survival homestead.
Most of our prepping has been conducted indoors as of late. The 10 foot by 4 foot table my Bobby and some tribe members made turned out beautifully. I had dust all over the Christmas presents from chainsaws being used inside my house, but in the end, all of the mess was more than worth it.
All of the barnwood used in the table grew and was milled on our land generations ago. There is not a single screw or nail in the entire table. The dowels made to put the top together and to connect it to the base were also made from our salvaged barnwood. The table weighs about 500 pounds so it definitely had to be assembled in place.
It is large enough to seat 12 comfortably, which makes it a superb “war room” table for the leaders of our tribe during a SHTF scenario – as well as during big holiday meals. The guys drew up some chair ideas for me to look over and I decided on one that will incorporate the same hand hewn timber beam pieces we used as legs on the table.
In other preps this week, we added about six more survival, homesteading, or bushcraft experts to the presenter lineup for the Old School Survival Boot Camp. Ticket sales went live on January 1. There are still more presenters in animal husbandry that will be added in the coming next week or so.
There has definitely never been an event like this one in Ohio. This is the first survival or prepper event that I know of that includes live weapons training. Not only will there be pistol and rifle training courses, trained expert instructors will also be teaching archery, knife fighting, stick fighting, sword throwing atlatl, machete fighting, and axe fighting, as well.
Wishing all of you a year filled with good health, memories made with loved ones, and the preservation of our great republic for the sake of us all.
This Week’s Questions:
- What are your prepping resolutions for the new year?
- Do you think that we are doomed to see a Joe Biden presidency – and what would that look like in the year to come?
- What did you do to prep this week?