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Is web 3 here and now

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 28, 2010 Comments Off

Is it time to start using the phrase “Web 3.0″? Web 1 – noninterative sites. These are static html and php sites that can not be interacted with. Web 2 – interactive sites. Examples – forums, blogs, youtube, facebook, myspace,,,,,. web 3 – interactive sites based on mobile technology – where your not tied down  [ Read More ]




East texas wild grapes

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 28, 2010 Comments Off

East Texas wild grapes, also called Muscadines grow on long vines and usually grow around creeks and streams.  Their range extends far past Texas and have been known to grown from Texas all the way to New York.  Their native climate is warm humid areas, such as the deep southern part of the USA. The  [ Read More ]




Why people can not form their own opinion

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 27, 2010 Comments Off

Kevin Felts blogger and survivalistWhile going to school, you probably heard something like – Please do not interrupt the class, if you continue to do so, you will be sent to the office.

“If” we have enough time at the end of class you may voice your opinion at that time – but you will have to raise your hand and wait to be called on.

If we do not have enough time today, you may be able to ask your question of voice your opinion tomorrow. But I doubt we will have enough time tomorrow, because we have a lot of material to cover.

On second thought, maybe its best that you keep your opinion to yourself and let the teacher teach the class.

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School is much more then a place to learn, its where childrens minds go to die a slow painful death.

People learn in 2 different ways:

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July 25 trip to the Angelina River

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 25, 2010 Comments Off

The day started off kinda early (for a Saturday anyway). The plans were for my son and I to get up around the crack of dawn, get a shower, get something to eat and head out. But things did not work out that way. Instead of getting on the river around 6am, it was more like 8:30. But even if we got a late start, it was still a beautiful day, the gators were out and the fish were biting.

We launched the boat at Bevilport, which is a public boat launch off Highway 63. Coming from Jasper, Texas, you turn left at the VFW sign, then drive for about 4 – 5 miles. On the way your going to pass some nice looking fields with traces of old pecan tree plantations. There is one rather large field where the cows share the shade provided by a few oak and pine trees.




5 fire building tips

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 23, 2010 Comments Off

Whether your at the deer lease, building a fire in your bar-b-q pit, or lost in the wilderness, building a fire is a skill that must be mastered. There is a difference in knowing how to build a fire with a lighter and charcoal lighter fluid, and knowing how to build a fire just before sundown when your lost in the woods.




Maxpedition Vulture-II

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 23, 2010 0 Comments

Looking for a good quality 2 – 3 day pack? The Maxpedition Vulture-II might be just what your looking for. When your looking at backpacks, there seems to be small, medium, large and super large.

Small – good for day hikes and short trips

Medium – good for day hikes or overnight trips

Large – good for 3 – 5 day trips

Super Large – good for 5+ days trips (think expedition)

The problem I have, I need a pack that fits right in-between medium and large. These are the ones where you can pack enough for a 1 – 3 day trip, but not too big or too small.

This medium sized pack is where I’am trying to fit the Maxpedition Vulture-II. I need something for warm / hot weather camping, and just big enough to carry some food, one man tent, rain poncho, hammock, poncho liner,,,, but not too big that I’am tempted to carry gear that is not needed. If your like me, and if there is spare room in your pack, your going to find a way to fill it up. A half full pack just does not look right.

Before a pack is taken out on a hiking or camping trip, it needs to be loaded, tested and checked out. So before my Maxpedition Vulture-II was taken on a real hiking / camping trip, it was loaded up and taken on a trip to the deer camp. Inside the pack I was able to fit – hammock, one man tent, 3 legged stool, couple of MREs, compass, map, and topo map compass.




Spam as a survival food

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 22, 2010 Comments Off

Is spam the perfect survival food? That question was asked in this forum thread about spam. It seems that most people like talking about spam – whether its fried, cooked, cold, right out of the can,,,,,,, most people will have something to say about it. Even if they say its so nasty they would never eat it, that is still something they had to say.

Can of spam classic net weight – 340 grams (I dont know if that net weight includes the metal can).
Serving size – 56 grams
790mg of sodium per serving




Thoughts on the large MOLLE pack

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 21, 2010 0 Comments

After about 15 years of using the medium ALICE pack as my primary warm/hot weather backpack, I decided it was time for a change. So I got on Ebay and after looking through some of the listings, I decided to go with the large MOLLE pack with internal sleep system carrier.

There are 2 versions of this pack on the market – one where the main pack is separate from the sleep system carrier. And the one like what I bought, which is just one large pack.

First Impressions:
Its more slimlineed then the large ALICE
Its easier to get into then the medium ALICE
It has more webbing then the large ALICE
The map case is larger then either the medium or large ALICE
The map case has a mesh bottom, so its easier to see the contents
The internal sleep system carrier has a zipper for easy access – lets talk about that just for a minute.




Why I like to go camping

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 20, 2010 Comments Off

Being raised in Southeast Texas has presented a vast opportunities to go camping. This includes everything from my parents taking my brother and I to local parks, to camping on the bayous with my buddies, to camping at the lake with my kids, hiking in and camping at remote areas, to take my kids camping  [ Read More ]




Could the dark ages happen again

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 20, 2010 0 Comments

The Dark Ages is a period of European history that we know very little about – there is very little written record, and that is why its called the “Dark Ages”. Its supposed to start somewhere around 476 AD and lasted to around to 1000 AD. Up until the Dark Ages, the Roman empire had conquered and untied Europe in a way that the world has never seen before. There had been written language, philosophy, math, and art for thousands of years. And all of a sudden, it was like technology went backwards thousands of years.

Rome had the aquaducts, sewage and running water. After the Dark Ages started, it was like people forgot how to build stuff like that.

Greece had the arts and science. In the Dark Ages, it was like people were living in the stone age again.

The advances in medicine and infection control were lost. Diseases like the plague wrecked havoc all across Europe. Instead of understanding the disease for what it was, people blamed sinners and their crimes against GOD.




Camping on the Angelina river

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 18, 2010 0 Comments

For those you in Southeast Texas that are looking for a little adventure, the Army Corp of Engineers has something you might want to look into. And that is a series of primitive camping spots set up along the Angelina and Neches rivers. The Corp calls these camping spots “Primitive Campsites” and here is a list from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. As of July 18, 2010, these is no fee to use these sites, and they have to be reserved. To reserve the site, you just fill out a form, fax mail or hand deliver it to the Town Bluff Project Office (phone number 409-429-3491) and they will give you a permit to use the spot. These primitive camping spots are reserved on a first com first served basis – so do not wait until the last minute to reserve the spot you want.

Primitive Campsite List
1. Bluff 1
2. Bluff 2
3. Hamilton Lake 1
4. Hamilton Lake 2 (Closed Indefinitely)
5. Hamilton Lake 3 (Closed Indefinitely)
6. Angelina 1
7. Angelina 2
8. Angelina 3
9. Angelina 4
10. Moon Lake 1
11. Moon Lake 2
12. Moon Lake 3
13. Warden 1 (Closed)
14. Warden 2 (Closed)




Bugging out to the wilderness

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 17, 2010 0 Comments

Remote bug out location

There is a theory that has been going around the survival community for decades, and at one time I subscribed to it, but not any more.

The theory goes like this – if there is some kind of wide spread disaster, I am just going to grab my bug out bag, and bug out to the wilderness. From there, my family and I will live in peace as society falls apart. When everything has passed, my family and I will return and help re-build.

Here are some of the reasons why I no longer subscribe to the bug out to the wilderness theory:




Gator in the Angelina River

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 14, 2010 Comments Off

On July 9 – 10 my son, my son-in-law, a friend of the family and I went camping at Bluff 1 – which is a primitive camping spot along the Angelina River. We got up that morning, and headed down stream to another camping spot that has nice rope swing. While we were going down  [ Read More ]




Youtube down on July 14

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 14, 2010 Comments Off

Its not very often that youtube goes down, but today is one of those days. The day started off with me trying to upload a video that was edited last night. My kids were asleep this morning, and nobody in the house was using the internet, so the morning is the best time to upload  [ Read More ]




Plague Strikes Town in China

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 12, 2010 Comments Off

Who said the plague is dead? It wasn’t me. For the full article, visit this page at abc news about the plague. There are couple of points here: 1 – China quarantined the town.  If the outbreak had been in the USA, would the Federal, State or local Government been able to do the same thing?  [ Read More ]