By Cameron McKirdy

People need physical touch from others.  Babies must have attention, and contact, or they will die.  So LOVE, and CUDDLING, ARE SURVIVAL ISSUES.

After living out of my van in the woods for months on end while managing a campground and hot spring, I found myself wanting more non-sexual, platonic contact with others.  I sought out cuddling from friends and family, put in extra snuggle time, and went on a Survival Bros adventure to visit Samantha Hess at her famous cuddle cafe on:

1015 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214

Cuddle Up To Me is a safe and comfortable place where you can go to feel respected, appreciated, and worthy.  When I first saw Samantha Hess, I was all hopped up on coffee, didn’t eat anything, and had all these big ideas for how I could help.  Well, what I actually needed to do was relax, be myself, and open up to her, so I could make a new friend first.  We got to cuddling in her fantastic Universe themed room, and she helped me go inward.  Focusing on my breath, and the sensations of compassionate touch, it was simple to be in the now.  Sam and I talked for hours, as she held me in her arms.  Cuddling with no sexual intentions is one experience we should all have regularly.  I felt wonderful for weeks.

If you would like to give me a hug, I won’t turn you down.  So please ASK if you’d like some friendly love.  Samantha Hess is also asking for your help at this time.  A compassionate crowdfunding page has been created to help cover rent for the beautiful Cuddle Up To Me Studio retail space.  Please give anything you can.  She has contributed so much to our community.  Sam even volunteers at the Food Bank.  You can also schedule a session with her, or one of the Certified Professional Cuddlers at her business in Portland, Oregon.

Survival Bros and Cuddle Up To Me challenge you to give SIX hugs in one day!  Try getting that many embraces or more, forever.  Let Sam or Cam know how it goes.  You’ll be making so many people smile, so don’t be shy.

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“Touch is by far our most important sense, essential to our survival and development.” – Samantha Hess 




Survival Bros asks for free food samples at Natural Grocers in Eugene, Oregon while on a roadtrip.  I scored four packets of organic plant based protein drinks, and Non-GMO oatmeal.  Check out the freebie haul.  Get free calories for yourself by asking to try things at every store you go to.  It’s not begging.  The shops either have product to get rid of for promotional use, or not.  All of the products seen in this new Vlog are NOT FOR RESALE!  If scavengers like me do not request the trials, they could go home with a hungry employee, or even worse…EXPIRE!  Nothing is worse than wasting a calorie.  

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In this HD video, I show you how to get free food samples at any Safeway Grocery Store simply by asking.  First stop; The Bakery.  I scored a chocolate chip cookie, and a rich brownie with fudge frosting by using little effort.  Getting this freebie was child’s play, but the complementary grub isn’t available only for the kids, as you may have thought.  I use this method on most of my visits to large retailers.  The bakers told me they give out 10-15 trays of 45 count cookies daily.  So claim your grub, and don’t let free calories go uneaten.  Also of note, The Bakery is on my way from the back of the grocery store, where I check the half off sale items anyways. 

Free samples and bargains can be had, even at the most expensive Safeway in America, located in my hometown of Seaside, Oregon.  I do this wild stuff to offset the cost of my calorie intake, and for my own sick amusement.  I want to get the maximum out of any given situation, like I did in this social experiment.  The employees are typically really generous, and don’t mind my request.  
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A friend and I once got three types of no cost cookies for each person asking.  So we enjoyed a variety of desserts for free to enjoy while filling my cart.  Share your comments below on urban scavenging.Beef Sample at Safeway DeliIn this photo I show off my huge haul of three roast beef pieces after politely requesting to try some red meat at the deli counter.   This was enough flesh for a hearty sandwich, but I ate it in store, and even shared some with another shopper!  Push the limit, and ask to sample each and every appetizing food type behind the glass.  It’s the education you need to become a smarter shopper.

Click here for more information on how to get free stuff in life in another #SurvivalBros article.

By Cameron McKirdy – Survival Bros Founder

Learn about getting food and supplement samples from your local shops at NO COST.  I visit health food stores such as GNC, and ask the cashier for freebies, or take items from their basket of product trials.  These individual servings will be stored properly in Ziploc bags, and placed in various emergency preparedness kits, plus my Everyday Carry backpack.  I have saved tons of money using this method of urban scavenging.  You can make your own freebie haul like this with little effort.

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By Cameron McKirdy

I spent the weekend on the Oregon Coast in Seaside, and had spare time to experiment with a new Art project.  First, I dug through a recycling bin for cardboard to create a small handmade sign with a permanent pen.  Then I rounded up some fun objects I didn’t need anymore, like a Smokey The Bear keychain whistle.  These goods would be available to begin the open bartering.  I spread out a towel, and placed the trinkets on The Prom’s concrete path.

With little effort, and few resources, a self-serve system was born.  A take one, leave one blanket is a place where an item of any kind can freely be exchanged as you see fit.  Share this concept with people in your town.  You wouldn’t believe the response.  Nearly every biker, and pedestrian stopped their forward progress to figure out what was going on.  This open trading system seemed to inspire, confuse, and even make some people greedy.  

I may have seen people taking without giving, thinking nobody was looking, but I’m not sure.  Others had no issue taking nice items, like a Tree of Life necklace pendant, and replacing it with trash.  I found the blanket riddled with wrappers, cardboard scraps, and even half of a marijuana cigarette.  Take a close look at the pictures, and you’ll see other small stuff, like a paperclip, pocket change, flower, price tag sticker, and a pile of sand from the beach.

I discretely checked back every few hours for a day, and saw some of the action in person.  People generously placed beautiful possessions with little hesitation.  There were cool things left behind that I didn’t get a picture of, because I didn’t want to interrupt the process.  My favorite moment was when a 12-year old girl named Krystin Crawford set down her hand painted sand dollars.  She took a braided piece of grasses someone constructed.  The girl enjoyed sharing the Art she made, and getting involved.  See her craftsmanship below.  The found, and re-purposed shells were adorable.  Krystin and her mom came back to the free exchange place the following morning with a positive attitude.  Everything had changed.  This artist endeavour has restored my faith in humanity once and for all, despite some shady, but acceptable transactions by others.

In conclusion, I will try this social experiment again.  I was thrilled to see this interactive art piece evolve rapidly.  I saw joy on many of the participants faces.  This free trading system can be implemented anywhere, at anytime.  Let’s spread the concept, and see the random generousity of others displayed in public.  And remember, you’ll usually get more than you give.  Leave a comment, or question if you like.  Thanks for visiting Survival Bros.

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Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

This picture courtesy of Regina Mattingly

By Cameron McKirdy

This week I did something wild!  I pushed my limits, and enjoyed eight zip lines on the Oregon Coast in Warrenton.  I’d never attempted anything like this adventure.  It got my heart rate up, and made me scream to the top of my lungs.

Watch me zip down the fastest line there called Huckleberry on The Survival Bros YouTube Channel

What it’s like to jump from the top of the tower on an Extreme Zip Swing or Zwing with a 20 foot rope attached to the cable!

See my Bigfoot Sighting on Zip Line Over Water with Camera Drag

Enjoy a gallery of my photographs from my trip to High Life Adventures:

My tour group of eight people took around three hours to complete the course.  We had two local, and friendly guides.  They communicated with small radios attached to their harness.  One guide would go first, then use a rope to gently bring them to a controlled stop.  The female went last, and was responsible for securing us properly.  You don’t have to walk much in between the routes.  In fact, they have a 4×4 vehicle if you want to use it, or get spooked and need a ride back to the parking lot early.

Jumping from the observation tower is intense.  There are three different lines from that point, on two levels.  SPOILER ALERTS: You get a cookie and a juice box halfway through the tour, plus spring water.  Soon they will have a wood stove operational for the brutal winter months, and a wind turbine on top.  Also, be on the lookout for Sasquatch.  I just saved you a heart attack, and/or a lawsuit.  I threw a legit left jab to the face of the masked man, and nearly delivered a swift leg kick before realizing I wasn’t in danger.  Fortunately, when he sneaks up, you’re still locked to the zip line, and can’t fully attack!  

I would highly recommend going on this zip line tour.  It costs $99, and you can also try THE ZWING, their extreme zip swing.  I did, and got a high-visibility rubber bracelet as a souvenir.  The add-on is $29 more, but worth it, if you can keep down your cookie.  I was attached to a longer, 20-foot rope, and jumped off the side of the tower instead of from the middle like most of the group.  So I flew 40 feet across, and then dropped towards the lake, on the 1200′ long cable.  I screamed like Bigfoot, and was definitely the loudest in the group.  I look forward to zip lining again soon, and possibly filming even more.  Honestly, this would be a hard hobby to master.  The easiest way to stay facing forward is to hold your line towards the top of the connection.  

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Each Zip Line is named after a native plant or tree

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Check out Seattle Fire Dept.’s custom Medic One rescue bicycle created to help people overcome adversity during a survival type situation, or basic injury outdoors.  Like this cycling setup?  What else would you put on this bike frame to carry items?  Comment below.   Thanks to the Seattle Fire Department for taking the time to educate, and assist the gracious public.  The Fremont Solstice Fair is a spectacular event.  Mark your calendars for this celebration next year.  

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The highlight of the The Fremont Solstice Fair was a naked bike ride by Solstice Cyclists  

Watch a terrible bicycle accident by a nude rider at the Finish Line.  People were quick to respond, and encouraging.  Fortunately, the painted nudist was wearing a helmet.  It protected her head for sure.  The wings didn’t do much.  

Would you paint your junk and parade downtown?  This event made me want to live at a nudist colony.  There were several organizations trying to lure me to their campground.  It’s on my to-do list.  I will be vandwelling in my Volkswagen van, forget pitching a tent there.


Beautiful painted Goddess smiling for us at Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington

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Nudist Parks in Washington State:

Lake Bronson Club

Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park in Issaquah, WA since 1945

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Learn about items helpful to have on hand just in case of a disaster.  These survival products could save your life!  So stockpile this stuff, and other gear you would want.  Imagine going through adversity.  What would want for tools?  Let the community know below.

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Emergency Kit Items Listed:

– Backpack with Straps

– Emergency Whistle

– Garbage Bag 

– Dust Mask

– Band-Aids

– Hand Sanitizer

– Water Bottle (1 gallon a day for 3 days, for each person)

– Rain Poncho

– Emergency Blanket

– Flashlight

All free of charge thanks to #Allstate 

By Cameron McKirdy

Survival Bros scores a FREE HQ Geocache Trackable at 80’s Con in Astoria, Oregon.  Now it’s to be activated with a code at and tracked online by treasure hunters around The World.  Follow the adventure and more HERE on my emergency preparedness blog.  Comment if you’re into Geocaching, and have some tips for readers.

From  A Trackable is a sort of physical geocaching “game piece.” You will often find them in geocaches or see them at geocaching gatherings. Each Trackable is etched with a unique code that can be used to log its movements on as it travels in the real world. Some of these items have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles thanks to geocachers who move them from cache to cache!

The Goonies Treasure Geocaching

The Goonies 30th – First You Have To Do The Truffle Shuffle Prank

Want a FREE Baby Ruth candy bar?  Act like Chunk from The Goonies movie first!  Filmed by Cameron McKirdy for the 30th Anniversary of the cult classic film.  More Goonie info on my fan page:
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