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By Cam The Cuddler of CuddleLife.com

cam-hugs-rickCam with Rick McCrank – host of VICELAND’S Abandoned in Astoria, Oregon

Coming to a screen near you on Friday 10/7/2016 at 8PM, Oregonian Cameron McKirdy appears on VICELAND’s “Abandoned.”  It’s a new travel documentary type show featuring deserted places.  I guided the VICE TV crew around our area, and shared my story.  Producers from British Columbia, Canada filmed the host, Professional Skateboarder Rick McCrank and I discussing preparations for a nuclear disaster, and a tsunami.  VICE and I took my Volkswagon van for a ride along the ocean in Long Beach, Washington looking for shelter, plus debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.  Over two days we built emergency preparedness kits with ammo boxes to bury in the ground along escape routes, like I have shown on my YouTube Channel called Survival Bros.  We scavenged free health food samples from A Gypsy’s Whimsy, and purchased essential gear items to cache at more stores located in Astoria and Seaside, OR.  The #survival kit I helped McCrank build should help him endure a disaster if he keeps it close by.  I always have my emergency Go-Bag with me.

ON AIR you should see me (Cam The Cuddler) hugging people and chatting about my life as a certified professional cuddler.  Check out CuddleLife.com for more information and to read my FAQs.  I offer a platonic touch service, and I’m open to trades and donations.  Typically I get one dollar per minute to care for people.  I believe cuddling is therapeutic, and a fun and safe way to get the positive human touch we all need to survive. 
Email CamTheCuddler@gmail.com to book a free cuddling consultation today!  #hugs #camthecuddler
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Keep’n IT real with @mccranker of VICELAND CANADA
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VICELAND’S HD Camera Gear near Cam’s Volkswagen Vanagon…

 My 1986 VW as seen on the #survivalbros YouTube Channel – SUBSCRIBE

Cam aka Papa Bear sending hugs your way from Seaside,Oregon

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Cameron McKirdy drives his vehicle, a 1986 Volkswagen Vangon in gross, extremely dangerous Winter weather conditions near the beach in Seaside, Oregon.  

Survival Bros Tips for driving in rain:

  1.  Turn your lights on
  2.  Obey traffic laws
  3.  Allow extra time and distance between yourself and other cars
  4.  Have good windshield wiper blades and/or Rain-X the front
  5. Take your time (go slower), plus let people in (merge), and people to cross the road
  6. Avoid distractions like filming, texting while driving, and singing to music in your car

Please try NOT to soaking pedestrians with enormous puddles near sidewalks!

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Water on the road and windshield clearly reduce visibility while driving

Cameron McKirdy was here.

Survival Bros finds a used plastic water bottle full of urine in a Safeway parking lot.  Have you guys gone to the bathroom this way?  I’ve never thrown a refilled container out of my vehicle onto the highway.  That’s just wrong.  And littering will cost you.  Peeing on trees is much more fun.  Hug them before you go potty.

Litter weighing five pounds or less is a class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500. If between five and 500 pounds, class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500, imprisonment up to 30 days, or both.

FACT:  It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose.  

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Starring Mocha The Puggle with Cameron McKirdy

A pug beagle combination dreams in her sleep, and acts funny on camera in HD video.  My pet is 7 years old, brindle, plus great at catching and fetching.  Her birthday is on Valentine’s Day.  Mocha The Puggle currently helps run the emergency preparedness blog.  She loves vandwelling in the Volkswagen Vanagon with her copilot.  But believe me, she is a bed hog, regardless of her petite stature.  

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Mocha Survival PuggleMocha The Puggle has climbed Saddle Mountain in Oregon.  Have you?

 

By Survival Bros President Cameron McKirdy

Watch our new HD video production to get ideas of easy meals you can create while living in your vehicle.  I’ve been sleeping in my 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon GL, or vandwelling for eight months straight now.  Being out there, and doing IT, teaches you what it takes to plan for a long road trip.  However, maybe this blog post will inspire you to do more car camping.  It’s been an amazing experience, and my pleasure to share with you.  I’m so glad I’ve been able to see more of the Pacific Northwest while I’m young, wild, and free.  Now I just need to find more stickers to paste on my VW Bus.

Many food suggestions shown in the YouTube video are also ideal for backpacking, because they are ready instantly with hot water. Other dishes, or side meals are fully prepared for consumption as is, such as the individually wrapped granola bars.  I also eat plenty of fresh organic fruit, and drink spring or distilled water.  No tap.

Tip:  Use different sizes of Ziploc bags to store food items in, and label each kit with a permanent pen.  You can compact the plastic storage sacks, and take most of the air out of them, so they are almost vacuum sealed, and take up minimal space.  Then put the locked baggies in larger bins, or the pockets of your Everyday Carry backpack for safekeeping.

1986 VW Vanagon getting it done

1986 VW Vanagon getting it done

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By Cameron McKirdy 

See what car living is like for a gypsy travelling on the road in HD video.  I think he has a great gear setup for van dwelling.  I’m jealous of his sink, with a clever gravity fed water system, harnessing an inexpensive solar shower.  Plus, his lighting setup works, and didn’t cost much, thanks to a trip to Dollar Tree.  You can’t tell Hugh is in there either, since it’s a cargo van without side rear windows.  The dark exterior paint color blend into the darkness, making him more stealth.  I like what he has done to insulate the metal sides with cardboard and aluminum tape.  Hugh knows the cardboard is organic material, and will eventually decompose, but it’s easy to replace with fresh insulation later.  Even the interior wall panels are stuffed with recycled shopping bags for added warmth.  We list all of the car camping items for you to spark your imagination, but is there anything you’d add to the recreational vehicle?  More van dwelling videos on the way.  Stay tuned to Survival Bros.  

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Produced by Cameron McKirdy in Seaside, Oregon

Survival Bros goes car camping, and cooks food with the new Pinnacle Base Camper Large from GSI Outdoors.  The slick gear features their nFORM Destination System, offering a nesting design for compact storage.  Watch in HD video as I show you how it works, and clean it with ease.  

The camp cookware is top quality.  Each item is designed for hard use, and extended durability.  The Teflon coating on the two pots, and large skillet is abrasion resistant, so harmful chemicals won’t be scratched off into food.  Plus, the metal is proven to distribute heat evenly, for quick cooking.  You can see in the vlog how my food is boiling over the entire radius.  Also, GSI Outdoors has developed every product they make to be BPA-free.  That’s good, because I don’t want my hormones being disrupted.  This Washington State based company has the excursion items you need.  Carrying around swag from them makes my life much easier, because it does the job, and lasts.  

The Base Camper Large is ideal for a group of four, so I intend on using it when I entertain while tenting with friends, or I’m just super hungry.  You’ll be glad you got a set like this if you enjoy camping, an preparing meals outdoors.  Retail price is $109.95.  Visit GSI Outdoors for more info, and check out the Pinnacle Camper set for the ultimate, integrated cooking and eating solution.  

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By Cam

Out of nowhere, my VW Bus is struggling to start.  Everything electrical flickers.  The radio cuts out.  The engine sputters.  Plus, the battery and OXS (oxygen sensor) light came on.  I called Avery’s Air-Cooled in Kelso, WA and they helped me diagnose the problem over the phone.  We figured the issue was a faulty voltage regulator.  Mechanics Jason and Kelly had a $40 Bosch part, and installed the unit for only $29.  But before I got fixed up and back on the road, I was parked on the shoulder of Highway 101, waiting for Classic Towing to get me to another state – Washington.  Thank God for AAA.  I’m on the Premier towing package.  Nothing but the best for my baby.  Funny that I broke down on the way to the repair shop.

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Avery’s Air-Cooled always hooks me up, and keeps my bill low.  And if you have a Volkswagen, chances are they will have the part you need in stock.  Call them to order something at (360) 425-1119  Here’s their website too!   http://www.averysaircooled.com/  I will have to shoot some HD video there soon.  They have tow truck loads of vintage bugs, buses, and beyond.  And if you hang out long enough, you’ll get to see a traveling Art Show as the graffiti passes on the nearby train tracks.  

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Here’s an HD video production I created filming graffiti on trains in Longview, Washington.  Visit Cam’s other YouTube Channel and SUBSCRIBE!

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New photo of my 1986 Volkwagen Vanagon at a Rest Area

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I’ve been hassled by local police three times this summer.  They roll up, acting hard, invading my privacy by looking into my windows with a flashlight, and asking a million questions.  Are you living in your van?  No.  Are you doing drugs?  No.  What are you really doing here?  Being.  Is there a woman in there?  I wish.  Next time I have a run in with make-believe authorities I will immediately begin filming the encounter.  They are likely recording me, and never announce that fact.  I will ask.  I take control of the situation by asking them questions.  Like, who are you?  And, is that an order or a request?  Am I free to go? They can only bust you for overnight camping if they see you asleep, so wake up before they get out of their car.  There’s many good videos out there on how to talk to peace officers, who are disturbing the peace.

I tried camping in the city limits once this summer, just to see if I could do it.  I failed, that time.  But was out in the open, and kind of wanted to be discovered.  The city planners have it figured out.  There’s so many no parking signs on streets, you’d be better off pulling into a hotel or driveway.  Not that I’m advising you on anything.  This blog post is for entertainment purposes only.  I pulled into a small city park, but got rolled up on shortly after 11:30 PM.  The officer begged for my I.D. so he had something to write in his police log.  I gave it to him so he would go away.  Then he told me I could park at the turnout seen in this new HD video.  At least he offered that tidbit of advice.  But are the police even necessary?  They either get lucky, or they are too late.  They aren’t preventing real crime, with victims.  They are revenue generators, and may have well studied accounting at The Academy.  

That leads me to the car camping video above, featuring Mocha The Famous Puggle.  She had surgery the next day in Nehalem, South of CB.  I stayed just off the highway that night, so I’d have less driving in the morning.  The point is there shoud be more places to live for free.  The Oregon Coast is a horrible place to live if you are poor.  Gas is outrageous, our Safeway is the highest priced in Oregon, and hotels are out of the question on a regular basis.  There’s many empty vacation homes, and little low income housing.  Homelessness needs to be legalized.  My hometown of Seaside, Oregon used to be known as Tent City.  Yet you can’t pitch a tent anymore!  Even the Circle Creek RV park doesn’t allow tenting now.  Shame on them, and the City of Seaside.  If you are homeless, you could be jailed, then shipped on a bus to Portland to survive there on the streets.  All for the image of a cute coastal town, so we can take money from tourists.

Politics, and money aside.  You can still live for free if you want.  That’s what I’ve proven in my car camping video series.  There’s always a loophole.  You can stay a step ahead.  

Going back to this production, it wasn’t a terribly cold evening when I van dwelled with my dog.  But what will I do when the temperature drops in the Winter, and do I have any tips for other mobile people?   Well, last night it was 52, and that feels cold.  I woke up a few times, and had to recover, and rezip the Kelty sleeping bag.  Start with an insulated sleeping pad, and then a bag rated to 30 degrees or better.  But what I plan on doing soon is getting a mobile power source that can power up my ELECTRIC BLANKET!  And an extra car battery for such devices, or more lighting, etc.  Mocha The Puggle and I will be golden when that happens.  Then you need a good set of thermals, or something warm to sleep in for clothing, on hand, just in case.  I like loose and light apparel.  Last night I put on a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt, and sweat pants too.  Because you have to crack the windows, or else the condensation on the glass will give you away.  Hope this sparks some ideas for you.  Peace and love from the road.

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By Cameron McKirdy

Survival Bros sleeps in a 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon GL, down by the Columbia River for free.  You can stay at in the Safeway parking lot in Astoria, Oregon at no cost, and you won’t be hassled for being there, according an employee running the gas station.  I was polite, and purchased distilled water in the store anyways.  Find out if the sea lions drove me crazy from all the noise.  I kept imagining the loud animals being destroyed by killer whales, great white sharks, and nuclear war heads.  However, if your cruising the Oregon Coast, keep this location in mind so you don’t have to pay to live, or for a view.  I love the car camping lifestyle.  If you can stay mobile, and explore The World, why do anything else?  More van dwelling videos in High Definition coming soon.  Thanks for liking, and commenting ahead of time.  Cheers!

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My RV parked next to other travelers stationed at Safeway in Astoria, OR