Hello my name is Karin Grimes and thank you for visiting my site! I'm an avid survivalist, minimalist, and off grid enthusiast. Having this knowledge is very important to me. I agree that we should all be prepared for short term emergencies, but I also believe it's a good idea to learn to be self reliant and mobile. I think we should all be able to survive off the land as nature intended, at least temporarily if need be. In a long term survival situation eventually all of the canned goods will run out, the batteries will die, and you and mother nature will be all that's left. That's why it's so important to learn at least some of these skills now, while it can still be done at our leisure. Plus, the more you know, the more independent you are. As America continues to evolve, I believe that bushcraft, preparedness and off grid living skills will become invaluable.
Initially, this site began as a selfish endeavor, mainly for loved one's reference, so it's chockfull of only the best quality, reliable information(check the bottom of pages for source credits). It's very satisfying to create something that benefits others, and to realize that what I'm passionate about is relevant to so many people. I love doing it.
My philosophy in general is that much of our society consists of this illusion called "technology" that could go down at any time - from the pipes that run our water to the internet that connects us. Technology ultimately fails and decays, but nature never does. It is always there; the same way it has been since time began. Nature is and has always been the source of everything, whether directly or indirectly, and it always will be. I believe that we all belong to it, not the other way around. We aren't separate from it, we're part of it. Those of us in the formal economy have become so detached that it doesn't seem that way, but it remains true. Humans are the only species who pay to live on this planet. Crazy, huh? The earth can survive without us but we can't survive without the earth, and I believe we should at least try to respect it and consider it in all the actions we take if we truly want to act in our own best interests. Besides providing everything we need to survive, it also provides what I call "soul food". Appreciating the sun on your face on a cool day, the scent of the rain on the wind or just listening to the crickets at night does something good for one's soul.
I'm an avid history buff because history contains a wealth of information and is the main place I find a lot of resources for the topics I'm interested in. Studying history drives home to me how industrialized and institutionalized we've become in such a short amount of time. In the short 240 years since America was established as a country, we've become utterly dependent on the powers that be for nearly everything, when there's bounty all around us. It amazes me how many skills our great grandparents knew that we have already lost.
Having the ability to stand on your own two feet is immensely empowering and fulfilling. For me, unlearning what I've been taught by the "system" and re-learning a way of life that feels a lot like freedom is a continuing process, but I've already realized some things. You can decrease your consumption(big business runs off of "supply and demand", you know?), you can change your habits(repair, reuse and cut down on waste), and a nice side effect is that you also keep more $ in your pocket. As I learn, the anxiety that comes from dependence decreases, because I don't feel completely powerless and at the mercy of others anymore. Using nature to our benefit was once second nature to us, and I intend to uncover as much of that knowledge as I can and share it with others. We don't need everything we're told we need. You'd be amazed at how weightless you feel when you decrease your dependence, downsize, buy only what you truly need, and get out of debt. Please watch the videos on the right if you're interested in learning more about why it's important for us to turn back to nature. Anyway, simply knowing that if you need to you can go out in the woods and rustle up a meal, build a shelter against the elements, or treat a wound using natural means opens up a whole new world. I hope you find value in the time spent on the site and come back often.
A Little Food For Thought
A Look At Where We've Come From...
- The consensus among most scientists is that mankind first settled in North America around 14,000 years ago.
- In the 1500's, Spanish explorers introduced guns and horses back to the region.
- In 1620, the 102 travelers aboard the Mayflower landed upon the shores of Plymouth.
- In 1690, paper currency in the United States is born. It was issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to fund military expeditions. Other colonies quickly take up the practice of issuing paper notes.
- Only about 240 years ago(yes, 240 years!!), The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, forming the "United States of America".
- On January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall, a foreman working for Sacramento pioneer John Sutter, found shiny metal in the tailrace of a lumber mill Marshall was building for Sutter on the American River. The California Gold Rush was on.
- The Civil War ended May 9, 1865.
- In 1869, The first transcontinental railroad joining east and west is completed at Promontory in northern Utah, with Omaha, Nebraska on one end, and Sacramento, California on the other.
- Vast waves of white settlers began arriving in America in the 1800s. Among the earliest waves of settlers were trappers and traders, people who made their living selling meat and hides. By the 1870s, they were shipping hundreds of thousands of buffalo hides eastward each year. More than 1.5 million were packed aboard trains and wagons in the winter of 1872-73 alone.
And A Look At Where We're Heading...
- In 2014, the United States consumed a total of 6.97 billion barrels of petroleum products(up from 6.89 billion in 2013), an average of 19.11 million barrels per day. This total includes about 0.34 billion barrels of biofuels.
- As of August 2, 2012, Americans spend an average of $151 a week on food; the high-income, $180.
- Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
- The average amount of waste generated per person each day in the United States was 4.4 pounds in 2010 – equivalent to the weight of 10 full boxes of macaroni and cheese or a dozen fast food quarter-pound hamburgers.
- Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.
- Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.
- Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Bush Stadium from top to bottom twice a day.
- It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags. (your new-born will be driving when the tree's ready to cut)
- Around 10,773 babies are born in the U.S. each day(about 4 million yearly). Disposable diapers last for centuries in landfills. An average baby will go through 8,000 of them.
- Each year Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill.
- September 11, 2013 - The average American Is $225,238 in Debt
- In 2015, more than 46 million low-income Americans received SNAP(food stamps). On average, SNAP households currently receive about $253 a month. The average SNAP benefit per person is about $127 per month.
This does not represent the future I want for my loved ones. How about you?
Credit for Content:
History Channel - History.co.uk
American Museum of Natural History
Harvard University Library Open Collections Program
U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA.gov
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Solid Waste District of LaPorte County - LaPorte, Indiana
CDC - Center For Disease Control and Prevention