Rescue Signals

Getting lost is easy to do. So easy in fact anyone can do it. What is difficult is getting found again, in particular when you are lost in the woods or on the water. There are several simple and common signals that along with some survival basics will alert rescuers to your location and get you home in one piece.

rescue signals

Know how to signal for help whenever you are lost outdoors

All rescue signals need to have one thing in common; they must be effective at attracting attention to yourself and your location. Every situation is different so it is important to think about what you would do to attract attention in a variety of conditions.

If you are lost in the woods, try to seek shelter near a large meadow or clearing where a helicopter or search plane can easily see you. Locating someone who is lost under heavy tree cover is one of the hardest situations to find someone.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Diving at Bonne Terre Mine

bonne terre mine diving

Bonne Terre Mines were the largest lead ore mining site in North America operating from 1860 until 1962.

Bonne Terre Mine Tours offer tourists and divers one of the most unique opportunities to step back in time that can be found in North America. The Bonne Terre Mines were founded in the1860’s in Bonne Terre Missouri about an hour’s drive south of St. Louis. Bonne Terre which means good soil in French had the largest deposit of lead ore in North America. For just over a century the mines produced the majority of the lead ore used in the United States, if not the world. Read the rest of this article »

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Arrow Points and Tips

choosing arrow points for archeryArrow points are the sharp tip that attaches to the front of an arrow. Without a good point on the arrow it will not stick in to targets very well, if at all. Arrow points are an important part of the arrow selection process and should not be over looked when choosing your new archery gear.

Arrow points come in two main types, field points for target shooting and broad head points for hunting. Field point tips are round and sharp like a pencil tip. They tend to resemble the tip of a bullet, so much so that some field points are known as “bullet tips”.

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Fish Finders

Fish finders are electronic devices that let fishermen and fisherwomen see what is going on under water. Some might say that fish finders take the fun out of fishing, since most people who fish for the sport of it know that spending time out on the water drifting from spot to spot is sometimes more than half the fun of fishing. Experienced fishermen and women also know that some days not matter what they do, a glimpse of what is happening under the water even if it is electronically can definitely speed up the catching.

using fish finders

New generation fish finders display the image on your smart phone and send the info wirelessly from transducers which are getting smaller and smaller via Bluetooth

Fish finders although small and simple to use are actually quite complicated inside. Fish finders work by sending out a wave of sound which travels down through the water and bounces off any fish, weeds, rocks, and the lake bottom that are in the path of the sound wave. The fish finder then measures how long it takes for the sound wave to reflect and bounce back up to the transducer. Any areas of the sound wave which are “shadowed” can be interpreted as fish or other underwater structures. The results are then displayed on a viewfinder which is located in the boat above the water level which shows in good detail what is swimming around your bait.

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How to Choose Arrows

Bows and arrows go together like bread and butter, but choosing the right arrow to go with your bow is somewhat more complicated than choosing butter over margarine. Shooting accurately is the result of three factors: the archer, the bow, and the arrow. Once the arrow matches the bow all that’s left is getting the archer up to speed.

how to choose arrows for archery

For an archer to shoot well, all arrows must be as close as possible to the same weight and spine.

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Thrill on a Zip Line

Zip lines are an amazing adventure for any outdoor enthusiast. Zip lines speed the rider through tree top canopies or down mountain sides at speeds of over 120km/h providing a thrilling ride and incredible views.

Zip lines are also known as zip wires or flying foxes. Flying foxes are generally designed lower to the ground and have slower speeds for children and equipment. Adventure-size zip lines or professional courses usually run at great heights down mountains, across gorges, and through jungles. These lines will often start at heights over 30’ (9 metres) and run for distances of over 1500’ (450 metres).

zip line adventure travel

This zip line takes riders through the depths of the Costa Rican jungle. Note the heavy leather gloves the rider is wearing for gripping the wire to slow his descent and to stop.


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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is one of the most awe inspiring places on Earth. Located in South East New Mexico in the United States of America, the park is located near Carlsbad New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns National park covers an area of nearly 47,000 acres and has over 400,000 visitors of all ages annually.

Carlsbad Caverns are a series of connecting caves, caverns and tunnels which extend under ground in the Guadalupe Mountains for over a mile. The caves are some of the largest in North America and feature fascinating stalagmites and stalactites that are millions of years old.

visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Stalactites in Carlsbad Caverns took hundreds of thousands of years to develop and are still very slowly growing.

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The Common Loon

There is one sound that is associated with the outdoors like no other. That sound is the call of the Common Loon. If you have ever spent time near a lake then you know what that call is. The Loon’s call is both haunting and mysterious as it breaks the silence of a summer’s night and is a sound that will be remembered for the rest of your life.

seeing the common loon in the wild

The Common Loon is also known as the Great Northern Loon and inhabits lakes from Canada to Great Britain.

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