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Random Acts of Prepping

by Todd Walker

Prepping is an intentional, deliberate act.

Then there are times when we do random stuff that turns into an act of prepping.

Dirt Road Girl and I like new stuff, as long as it’s old. Antique shop owners know us by name – or at least by our faces. Our taste in decor is what we call, Hillbilly Industrial. A mix of eclectic industrial art, old school artisan stuff, and useful shiny things fill our home. DRG is the mastermind behind it all.

Our latest random find – an old kraut cutter. Now we’re legit. We’ll use it on our next batch of Down and Dirty Sauerkraut. 

sauerkraut cutter

Our ‘new’, legit kraut cutter ready to go. It’s adjustable, too!

We’ve always used the food processor but were not pleased with the size of the kraut.

On to the purpose of this post…

Random Acts of Prepping

Preppers have been spun by the media (and other illegitimates) as a bunch crazy conspiracists living underground in bunkers hoarding food, water, and ammo. There’s a few that fit this stereotype. But the vast majority are normal, everyday common folk from all walks of life.

I’ve been on both the receiving and giving end of random acts of kindness prepping. I’ve received homemade soap, books, blogging advice, recipes, tips, ideas, equipment, scoby, and other stuff in my mailbox from good, salt of the earth type people – all from fellow preppers.

Random acts of prepping is ‘random acts of kindness’ on steroids. It’s a deliberate act attempting to encourage others to be better prepared. In the face of uncertainty, you’re making a stand for preparedness with simple, random acts.

There comes a time when we all need a nudge to keep doing the stuff. Do not underestimate the impact of random acts of prepping. It could be the catalyst for your neighbor to begin their journey to preparedness.

Here are some tips for carrying out random acts of prepping (RAP). I know, the acronym is what it is. Sometimes it works out that way 🙂

1. Perform RAP with no expectation of anything in return. The receiver benefits, you’re encouraged, and the act gets paid forward. The reward for you is found in the giving.

2. Send a hand written note ~ anonymously. In this day of electronic mail, personal notes stand out.

3. Respect privacy. Many preppers want to stay anonymous. If you’re online friends, ask if there’s a way to send something physically. Share your personal info at your own discretion. I’m sure I’ll catch flack on this one.

4. Start at home. RAP is a great way to build local, ‘real’ people relationships. Neighboring matters.

5. For preparedness bloggers, we really like readers sharing random ideas, tips, and stories. Don’t be shy to ask and engage with folks you follow. If you enjoy their work, let ’em know. You’ll brighten their day.

6. Fan the flame. Just like random acts of kindness, RAP is contagious and inspires others.

Do a random act of prepping for someone today. Spread the word.

By the way, this is a manly skill, guys. Shock somebody with your RAP! Be kind and leave your RAP ideas in the comments, please.

Doing the stuff -> randomly,





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Pathfinder Gear Review Interrupted by Randomness

by Todd Walker

Having options and being flexible leads to new discoveries.

This was supposed to be a review of a new piece of gear. But the best laid plans of mice and men tossed a welcomed monkey wrench into my machinery.

I headed out to my proving grounds, an undisturbed slice of heaven in the woods, owned by a good friend. I took my walk-in-woods kit and the new shiny object.

Pathfinders Ultimate Bottle Cooking Set Gen2.

Here’s the shiny object – Pathfinders Ultimate Bottle Cooking Set Gen2.

The plastic bag in the foreground contains Micro Inferno fire starters. A nice addition since we’ve experienced massive raining for a month. Very uncharacteristic in our state.

I gathered tender from hanging dead wood and lit a fire with the ferro rod that came with the kit. I clicked a few pics and went to gather more ‘dry’ wood.

Movement to my right caught my attention. Trespasser was my first thought. Nope. It was my friend’s adult son coming to run off what he assumed was a trespasser.

I’d only met ‘Andy’ once in passing even though I’ve spent lots of time with his dad. Funny how things go that way. But this impromptu meeting proved valuable, for me at least.

We walked down to the fire to rescue it from that ‘dry’ wood. As we stood on a rock in the creek, our makeshift classroom, woods lore took over: wild food foraging, fly fishing, hunting, shaving with a straight razor (may not be considered a bearded woodsman skill – but worthy of manly talk), and all manner of bushcraft.

Our fire was next to the stream Andy had spent his life running. He knew all the freshwater springs feeding the creek – and the location of its edible plants. Bingo!

I filtered some water from a spring feeding into the creek. An unnecessary step according to my new friend who drank from these springs his whole life. I wanted to be safer than sorry. He indulged my added safety step.

With water on to boil, I added pine needles for a cup of tea. Andy jumped from rock to rock across the creek and returned with a single leaf of wild ginger (Hexastylis arifolia) for our brewed concoction. Neither of us had tried the combination of pine needles and ginger. We’re both glad we did this trial-and-error tea. The ginger added a sweetness to the pine needle tea and made it very drinkable.

wild ginger

A wild ginger leaf harvested for DRG to sniff when I got home.

“I wish I could bottle that aroma!” I told Andy.

“You can. I’ve made essential oil from wild ginger for a friend for his soap making hobby.”

Is there nothing my new bushcraft buddy can’t do? was all I was thinking. His dad had told me about Andy’s tinkering skills. He makes beautiful bamboo fly fishing rods (even made a bamboo bicycle), phenomenal  photographer, archer, and now, essential oils from wild plants! And with no institutionalized ‘higher’ education degrees to hang on the wall!

What gives!?

How did he learn so broadly and so thoroughly without those bragging papers professors and corporations and governments say are necessary?

Life changes without notice. It’s random like that. Institutional, factory schooling is rigid. And it stifles, if not completely kills, the natural curiosity encoded in our DNA. Andy immersed his adult life reading what interested him, explored his curiosity, and, as a natural consequence, he’s doing the stuff. Flexibility allows him to stay current on his many skills that give him options.

Options lead to anti-fragility and sustainability.

Talking to smart and interesting people is one of the best educations available. And it’s free!

I never would have known Andy existed if it weren’t for me striking up a conversation and meeting his dad at a dinner party a few years back. Parties are great places to get educated. We became best buds and meeting his son has just widened my scope of things to learn and stuff to do!

On our way out of the nature’s classroom, we picked these for dinner.


Chanterelle – an edible and tasty fungus! Not the green plant.

And the Big Green Egg didn’t let us down…

Chanterelles on the Big Green Egg

Chanterelle on the Big Green Egg ~ with other assorted veggies

The Pathfinder review will be forthcoming. For now, I’ve got chanterelle to dehydrate.

Keep doing the stuff,



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