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Wilderness Survival Short Story: The Back Country Journey

Updated on June 4, 2011

The Decision

It was a thought that ran through Jared's head for years. How does one make his way into the wilderness and live off the land for good? The more city life he endured the more he longed for the freedom of the wild. The clean country air was something this middle aged man thought of often.

Jared wasn't a green horn or anything when it came to outdoor life, he spent many a day wandering the thick Adirondack country side hiking, hunting, fishing and camping and most of his child hood was spent doing the same. For sure living at a camp site for a week or two was totally different than spending months at a time in rugged country and solitude but, his wandering mind couldn't be helped.

I think the tipping point came when he lost his job at the Tin cut factory. Cut backs they told him. No room for an ol country boy anymore with all the younger folks coming in for work force and at a much cheaper pay scale. It was a devastating blow to Jared and his wife Madeline. Twenty years right down the crapper! Benefits, pension, everything all gone.

At first Jared pounded the pavement looking for work, filled out more applications than he could count, but with such a down turn in most local business the door just got slammed in his face time after time. Even tried cutting lawns for extra cash, but with so many out of work most locals were cutting there own lawns.

They talked about this journey many times before, Madeline supported the decision. "We have no kids and we are still young enough if we cant make it we can always come back and start over." They both knew though there was no second chances. One mistake out in the Wild country and your life could be over quickly.

Besides now a days selling a house and all your possessions and heading for free range back country isn't as easy as talking about it. A plan was needed.


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      mlesniewski 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      The Pelton..Thanks for posting the info. Yes having knowledge of wild plants would be of great help your right.

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      mlesniewski 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      DayLeeWriter..I thank you very much and thanks for the follow..I will try and get a part 3 turned out and posted..thanks again.

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      Debra Cornelius 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hopped into part 2....backtracked here and now looking for more...part 3 and......???? Will be following you!

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      ThePelton 6 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      I could suggest a couple of books. "Into the Wild" would tell you how NOT to do it. "Best Tasting Wild plants of the Rocky Mountains" would help here in the west. "Mushrooms of Colorado" by V. Evenson would give you insight to local mushrsooms if one was to do it here. Another book is the massive mushroom book by David Aurora. But as for mushrooms, first, go on a foray with someone knowledgeable.

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      mlesniewski 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Thank you sam3m and Kimme Owens..appreciate everything..I will do my best to get more posted soon.

      once again thank you.

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      Kimme Owens 6 years ago from California

      This bit was very interesting. I can't wait to read more!

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      sam3m 6 years ago from New York

      great start. grabbed my interest. i'm not an outdoors guy. roughing it for me is staying at a place without 24-hour room service, but i enjoy reading about it.

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      mlesniewski 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Thank you Turtle...I will do my best to get it posted soon..

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      Turtle 6 years ago

      Great, when is the rest of the story commimg? :)