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It’s me.  Cam (The Cuddler).  I hope this blog post finds you well.   You won’t believe all of the Survival Bros News this month…Here’s stories from my travels, and camping.

First off, I trust you got through the 4th of July with all of your fingers.   I lit off a ton of fireworks.   All totally legal…I watched Seaside’s show from Gearhart, Oregon.  We had limited visibility will all of the smoke.  Everybody was lighting things on fire.  #USA  I couch surfed that night at a friend’s house.  I enjoy seeing how others live, and sharing what I have with them.

Next topic – Being a Professional Cuddler.   I’ve had much positive interest in my platonic touch service.   I provide cuddling sessions across America for donations.  I operate on a sliding scale of $25-$80 per hour, plus travel.  I’m open to trades as well.  My clients are caring, and brave for reaching out to me.  You can contact me at camthecuddler@gmail.com, or by adding “professionalcuddler” on Skype.  I offer free consultations online, in person, or over the phone.  Let’s snuggle.  I also read to people, and walk with them for companionship.   I love you all, and my work.  Thanks for the support.

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Here’s the funny “FEE HUGS” t-shirt I made.  Send me $20 on PayPal with your size and I will make a version of my choice for you.  I’ve been designing handmade clothing for years.   

I just gave a stranger a ride home for $5.  She was a mysterious, and spiritual being with guidance to give.  The woman lead me into brief meditation with this card as a happiness blessing.  Say the manta out loud.  Practice it.  http://www.sgi-usa.org

Ouch!!!!  I broke my foot!  I found myself tenting on rocks, and while sleeping on my belly, I kicked the ground and broke at least one bone in my toe.   It’s been hurting for weeks.   It even formed a deep blister, long after the impact.  #SurvivalBros opened the infected wound with a sewing needle, and squeezed out the chunky, oozing puss with fingernails.   Hand sanitizer was put on it, and the injury is looking and feeling better.  Thank God for his weed.  Passed, instead of passing out.

Happy thought: I’ve been cooking food several times daily on an open campfire.  It’s the best eat’n.  I have devoured pounds of potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, and meats with cheeses while camping in the #PNW

Scavenging —–>  I like to trade with people.   Ideas, trinkets, nuggets, etc.  However, finding treasure on my own is fun too.  Today I’m camping, and I enjoy browsing campsites after guests leave.  I found free firewood (still burning to start my own flame), and a new hatchet.  I had just traded the same people a football I found in a bush for 2 beers…I asked for a small amount of coffee in exchange, but they only spoke French and returned from their tent with cold booze.  My other neighbors hooked up free weed for three days.  Blueberry Cookies, and Gorilla Glue.  We gifted each other items randomly, like tea, a decorative tin, kids game, a glow stick, dry shampoo, water and beyond.  Say hi to your fellow tenters.  #goodpeople   

Excuse me while I list a locked iPhone on eBay for parts.  I got it at a charity thrift store, hoping it was unlocked and use able for an extra video camera.  No luck, but I did find another camera half off at Goodwill.  It’s a Canon , and is worth $100.  The battery died so I to have to track down a wall charger online.  I will get an extra battery at the same time. 

Collecting bottle cans – Survival Bros made a Mission of it recently and hunted down the redeemable limit of 144, a few times.   Making $20 with two people working the bottle return robot.  These 10 cent recycleables have provided extra gas money for traveling.  One can = one mile down the road in my Ford Mustang.  This frees me up to drive around more to thrift and resell clothing in town.  I made $70 one day this week flipping old clothing, much of which was free to me.  Example: My buddy moved and left me a green Pendleton Men’s jacket.  I sold it for cash (vs more in trade) to Buffalo Exchange for a third of the price they will ask, being $65.

Somebody took a dump in the hottub at the resort.   Thankfully I pay attention to my surroundings.  This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered poop swirling in a spa.  The sauna is out of order too, so I’ve been down by the river hunting crawfish to fry up on the campfire.  Look at the BBQ bacon ends I ate.

I’ve been making Survival Bros Emergency Preparedness Caches to store, and sell.   I can customize them to fit almost any budget.  Want one?  A stash of extras can be huge in a pinch.  Trust me.  New videos coming.  Seen this YouTube classic yet?  It’s of a basic cache, to give you ideas.  Join us on YouTube.  We have 6,665 Subscribers to our channel.  

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Bug Out Bag and Bicycle – Winter Camping Gear Setup

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I got a way late start.  Was also considering busing to the warming center in Astoria, OR.  That’s smart. 

Hiking 7 miles ain’t.  But I was determined to bog through the uphill swamp: half in the dark.  I got turned around at one point where trees fell over the path.  I also slipped once, but rehearsed in my head what to do.  I threw my 1 gallon water jug, and braced myself.  Yup, I carried a heavy water container from Ave. U to The Hiker Cabins on Tillamook Head.  My shoulders and arms are torn up.  My 110 liter Kelty backpack had to be 70 pounds.  

Plus, I was running on a bum sprained ankle…wore a too tight brace…My left shoulder hurt the most.  It was so tight.  But I had an indica BHO cartridge in my vape pen to finish off.  It was charging in my bag on the hike with a portable power bank charger.  I brought too much stuff.  Like 6 pairs of socks, an umbrella, a dud smoke grenade, and a giant tarp.  It’s 11am – dark at 4:25pm.  So cold.  My hands are numb. 

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I challenge you to carry a water container wherever you go on the daily!  You’ll be healthier, and happier.  I do this to stay hydrated, and make sure I’m not too over caffeinated.  

BONUS CHALLENGE:  DRINK 125 OUNCES OF AGUA EACH DAY.  

Plus, try adding lemon juice to your beverage to stimulate your metabolism, improve your digestion, and aid in the detoxification process.  

Did you know drinking cold water will burn extra calories for you too?  It’s true.  Just don’t drink a ton of water at once, because you can die from too much liquid intake.  

Thanks for supporting the blog!  Make the most of today.  Take care of yourself, and each other.  Peace, love, and big hugs to you.

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 I invite you to step up to the stump, and gather wood for fuel instead of buying it.  Let us know if you have completed this quest in the great outdoors.  Good luck!  Please SUBSCRIBE for more action, and HD videos on YouTube. Thanks for watching our exclusive content, only seen on #survivalbros

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A survivalist and cancer fighter answers my questions about his unique ride.  This electric trike gets 240 miles per gallon of gas.  Talk about frugality and wellness wrapped in one man’s mission to live!  The cyclist is always moving his legs, and getting a workout while going down the road.  He had this tricycle loaded with groceries, and clean laundry.  It could easily haul over 100 pounds of gear.  What do you think of this survival mobile?  More on the #survivalbros YouTube Channel.  Subscribe today to watch all the HD video adventures for free online.  Thanks for the support.

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I’ve been managing Cougar Crossing Campground in The Willamette National Forest, while living in my Volkswagen Vanagon.  Plus, running Terwilliger Hot Spring in Oregon.  That has kept me busy enough, but with Spring and Summer, come baby making, and mice are no exception.  I have assassinated 18 mice in three weeks, using this Five Gallon Bucket Peanut Butter Trap, and a few traditional spring loaded wooden Victor Brand weapons.   Watch the HD Survival Bros Video Production below to see exactly how to build your own mouse deathtrap.  

Keep the critters out of your house, and vehicle by using this hunting method.  It’s a simple, and easy solution, to a disgusting problem.  I hate killing anything living, but NOW they won’t be damaging my car, tent, etc. and eating my food!  I lost a few Pop Tarts folks.  To make this project at home:

1. Spread Peanut Butter around the inside edge of the large plastic bucket, just down from lip

2.  Place stick running up to the top, overhanging so the mice fall inside after looking for a meal

3.  Fill bucket with 3 – 4 inches of water

4.  Wait overnight for animals to become trapped, and die

5.  Dispose of dead rodents properly with gloves, bury if possible a foot underground

Don’t call me PETA.  I love animals, and drowning is a peaceful way to go right?  Continue reading for more helpful information about mouse removal and solutions from personal experience.

I asked around for more mice control tips and tricks, and here’s what my friends came up with.  Rats dislike pure mint oil extract.  Place a few drops on a cotton ball, and put it where you’ve seen animals to keep them out.  Also, try putting dryer sheets in the holes of your car or house.  The mice won’t want to pass through these smelly spots.  Steel wool (not thin) set in car air vents is a deterrent too, allegedly.  Play with these things if you have a rodent issue.  I think it’s good stuff to know, so I’m taking the time to share for my fellow Survival Bros.

Manager's Campground Spot #1 on The McKenzie River

Manager’s Campground Spot #1 on The McKenzie River

The most mice I’ve captured in a night was four!  They are getting thinned out quick, but I expect them in waves all Summer.  I also decapitated some poor, innocent slugs, when they set off the lever on my traps.  It takes time setting up multiple devices.  I’ve spent 30 minutes many nights smearing peanut butter, and setting them in all the right spots.  Which for me, would be small game trails, near holes, or by my vehicle.  In addition, a pal told me dumping sugar away from your camping spot will keep various critters out of your outdoor gear.

You can also try low tech scare tactics on the mice.  When I first heard them scampering around my Vanagon, I didn’t have traps in place.  So I make a bunch of intimidating noises.  I was hissing, growling, barking, and clapping.  That didn’t work, and neither did playing music.  I should have tried Nickelback.  Shaking the van side to side wasn’t and effective deterrent either.  The mice are too smart.  I swear they are tuned into my brain waves, and attack my living quarters as soon as I start to fall asleep.

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Vandwelling Project for Survival Bros

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Vandwelling Project for Survival Bros

Later I peed on my rig to make it seem like a big animal lives there, and to serve as a warning.  If I wasn’t deathly allergic to evil cats, I’d get one to stand watch.  Where’s an owl when you need one?  I have tried it all folks.  And the 5 gallon peanut butter bucket trap as seen HERE works best.  Good luck.  More soon.  Please comment, like, and share this blog post with friends.  You’re the best.

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Learn which individual servings or samples of condiments, and sauce you can find for free.  Do some urban scavenging like me.  Stockpile packets of ketchup, salsa, candy, and more items for storage.  My favorite package seen in the video is the lemon juice.  I forgot to mention it.  You can find just about any free food packet out there.  I have a secret sauce floating around my van somewhere from Burger King.  I think I eat out more for condiments than the fast food itself.

Having these sauces, and sugars, etc. on hand saves money.  Take food packets like the ones shown on your next camping trip for extra spice, or flavor in your meal.  Get free condiments as seen on Survival Bros at restaurants, and convenience stores.  If something isn’t priced, it must be available to take.  

Do you stockpile packets like I do?  I feel like such a rebel when my pockets are full, and I’ve made a clean getaway with the loot.

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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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After watching this HD video guide, you’ll know the type of stuff in a Bug-Out Bag.  His example works for his needs.  People create these emergency preparedness backpacks with survival gear just in case of a disaster.  It’s important to have supplies like these items listed handy.  Keep them secure.  

Survival Bros Challenge:  Make an emergency Go Bag kit like this, and give it to a loved one.  Have fun making a backpack.  Please share this video with a friend, comment, and like.

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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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