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Hey Friend, 

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.

Donations:

PayPal = https://www.paypal.me/CameronMcKirdy

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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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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.

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

How about some body painting tips and techniques?

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Nudist Parks in Washington State:

Lake Bronson Club

Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park in Issaquah, WA since 1945

Cameron McKirdy of Survival Bros gets naked, and films the Terwilliger Hot Springs near Cougar Reservoir in Oregon by Blue River.  Check out the four natural pools, and the wooden structures.  The top pool is now under construction.  The natural cave, which was a sauna, and the source of the hot springs is being remodeled by experts.  They want it to remain as natural looking as possible.  Word on the street is that the first pool will reopen as soon as it’s safe, and stable.  

Here’s additional web links to explore:

Terwilliger Hot Springs – Willamette National Forest Website

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cougar_Hot_Springs

Cameron McKirdy Naked

Cameron McKirdy Nude in a Hot Springs Waterfall

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Saddle Mt Summit Photo

Ready or not, my chubby puggle Mocha was going hiking with me.  I took the pug/beagle combo to the top.  She made the summit by herself, but it was a struggle.  It was a sweltering 80 plus degrees out.  My poor dog hasn’t been training hard lately.  Her exercise routine consists of going from the couch to food and back.  But Mocha and I have hiked, so I knew the 5-year-old mutt still had it.  I remember the first time I let her off the leash on a trail.  She was running back and forth, up and down it.  The puggle was so excited to be out of the apartment.  I couldn’t contain her.  Once she even fell off a cliff as the bank eroded and I had to quickly swing her up by the leash and collar to save her.  Mocha is much fatter now, but we are working on it.

Mocha The Puggle

When we got to Saddle Mountain State Natural Area her nose was working overtime.  There were lots of people hitting the trail, and camping.  I brought water, and gave the puggle breaks.  I made her sit, and she would lay in the shade when she could.  The hike is 5 miles round trip,  but the elevation change is brutal. It’s 1603 feet to be exact, with the top at 3283 feet. Mainly I was concerned about her paws bleeding.  There is lots of metal fencing on the ground to contain the loose rocks, and I didn’t know if that would bother her.  On the way up I kept Moc on the leash, 1 because there’s cliffs, and 2 because lots of people were coming down the trail with dogs.  I wanted to protect her.  However, on the way down I decided it would be better to let her follow me off leash.  She didn’t want to walk on the trail because the gravel was hurting her.  So she waddled along side the main path, and didn’t hurt anything.  Plus, it was getting late, and we were basically the last down.

Mocha Survival Puggle

On the way we checked out a geocache hidden on a side trail.  I’ve found it before, but I wanted to see all the new stuff inside, and sign the log book again.  Not many people locate it each year.  I traded in a emergency paracord bracelet for a CD with clues to another cache.  I’m getting into geocaching because it’s something fun to do while hiking, or when you’re just out and about.  There’s more than 2 million geocaches planted around the world.  This hobby also forces me to analyze and use maps too.  I filmed Mocha and I checking out what was inside the ammo box this time.

After a few solid hours of hiking, Mocha, my cameraman, and I reached the peak.  We all sat down and took in the majestic views of the North Coast.  You can see the whole coastline, from Seaside well into Washington State.  Poor Mocha was beat.  She was gasping for air, and I was a little worried about her.  We had just enough water left to quench her thirst, but more would have been nice.  Usually there is a spring about halfway up that I feel is safe to drink from.  My dog did lap up the puddle there, but I wasn’t getting on all fours.  In the end, Mocha killed it.  I was so proud of her.  I kept her motivated with words of encouragement, smacking her butt, and tossing turkey jerky in her mouth.  On the way back I told Moc we were going back to the car and home for ice cubes (her fav).  My legs were jello, and Mocha was walking funny, but we accomplished the mission.  Next time we will be even stronger, and smarter about it.  

Cam and MochaMocha knew we were going to the top.  If you want to rock a paracord bracelet for emergency preparedness made by Survival Bros, send $8 to cameronmckirdy@hotmail.com via PayPal.  Thanks and best wishes from us both.

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My bro known as “Tactical Gypsy” sent me these delicious pictures to blog about. He loves his elk. You can see all the spices and flavorings used to produce the glorious nuggets. Half of the loaves are spicy, half mild. Both varieties went well with pepper jack cheese, sharp cheddar, and even brie on crackers. Most of these will be stored in the freezer tonight, the others gifts.

Here’s the recipe:
8 LBS Elk burger
1/2 cup Morton’s Tender Quick. Mix well & let sit overnight in fridge.

Add… 1 1/2 TBSP Coarse pepper, 1 1/2 TBSP Garlic powder, 1 1/2 TBSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, 1 TBSP Mustard seed, 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper, 3 TBSP Liquid smoke…. MIX well!

Make 8 rolls/loaves. Put on broiler pan & bake 4Hrs @ 250* turning 1/4 turn every 1/2 Hr. Make sure internal heat gets to 150*.

Cool to room temp before wrapping and freezing.

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They are everywhere! There’s billions of berries bursting from the vines right now. Survival Bros challenges YOU to harvest some in your area this summer! What are you waiting for? It’s free food.

I rolled to the Mill Ponds in Seaside, OR with a hommie this morning. We packed in breakfast sandwiches, and found tons of ready-to-eat fruit on the trail. Even more will be ready later this week. I will be back to collect pounds of wild blackberries. They are so sweet! I want to rub them all over my face. I’m going to freeze some for my power smoothies. We collected handfuls today. What a blessing. %^].

– Cameron McKirdy

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My summer road trip is almost over. I’ve hiked, camped, biked, swam, and golfed. This post is a quick review of Belnap Springs, and the nearby Toketee golf course.

After biking yesterday I was super tired, but made it out to Toketee. It’s right by our cabin off the McKenzie highway in Blue River, OR. I wasn’t expecting much, but this area always surprises. Toketee is a great golf course. I played the front 9 with a buddy. No hole in one, but I played well. It’s a long course. The green fee was just $18 bucks. I carried my clubs, instead of paying $3 more for a pull cart. Those are for the weak. There’s lots of sand and water to avoid. You won’t regret playing here.

Another thing I did to relax, in between all the strenuous activity was to check out Belnap Hot Springs. I rolled up and the pool was over flowing with French girls! Winning. The pool is 105 degrees, and there’s two. One is reserved for guests. It’s $7 to soak in the mineral pool for an hour or less.

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For dinner I ate at the Belnap Grill by the river. I ordered a South West chicken wrap. It was good. This is an excellent place to camp. There’s tent sites, and cabins also. There are several gardens at Belnap, and a special “Secret Garden” to find. Some little kids were stoked to lead me to the entrance. I will be back. Now I’m at the cabin, chilling, and icing my body. I need more ice packs.

Just when I think our journey is over, Dad starts planning a raft trip. We may float the Santiam river tomorrow on the way home. This should be interesting. More madness soon. Thanks for reading.

Cameron McKirdy