WSI Early Track, Day II, 2016
Tiffany Cheezem, March 29, 2016
Day 2 Campout @ Danby State Forest
Our second time meeting together we jumped right into an overnight camping experience! Bringing sleeping bags but no tents, we created the need to learn the principles of shelter first hand. As a group, we built a debris hut shelter for one lucky individual to sleep in without a sleeping bag! The rest of us slept on a luscious debris bed underneath a tarp, to keep us dry from any rain and up off the ground for warmth.
Building the frame for the debris hut- a ridgepole supported by two Y sticks (left) and then ribbing placed on (right) to create a sturdy skeleton structure.
Adding lattice and then debris to the frame. Many hands make the work go quick!
Adding more debris, creating a door, and finally stuffing the inside with nice dry grasses!
Students spent some time building their own fire structure at their individual sit area, and got prepared to visit their spot later that evening…
As night fell we cooked our meal on the fire, and enjoyed being with the land as the day shifted towards night. Fire always holds a particular magic for us, earning its title as “caveman TV” for its ability to draw in all our gazes.
The following morning was with sunshine, smiles, gratitude, and a pretty epic cooking challenge of making an egg inside a hollowed out onion