From the Archives – Survival Skills Reality Check 

I recently watched the movie The Revenant. It’s an ultra-brutal tale about an American Frontier fur trader who is mercilessly attacked by a bear and left for dead. The bear attack scene is truly one of the most realistic and disturbing pieces of movie magic I’ve ever seen – it is not for the proverbial (or actual) faint of heart.

As I’m watching this movie, sitting in the living room, scarfing down my snack-food-du-jour, observing the harsh realities of life in the Early American Wild West, as, among other things, a man is literally ripped to shreds by a wild bear, I actually begin to think to myself that I could probably survive there just fine. Yes sir. I, like Leo, could withstand a horrific bear attack, brave the savagery of the wilderness, digging deep down for the will to live, and, mark my words, I would find my way to safety and/or victory. Leo and I – we are survivors!

Not long after, I half-stepped on a toy the kids left out, yelped in pain, and briefly – BRIEFLY – worried that I wasn’t going to be able to walk.

And, we’re back to reality.

An example of the type of thing that would kill me in the wilderness

3 thoughts on “From the Archives – Survival Skills Reality Check 

      1. You are very welcome. Thank you for the laugh!

        Within the past couple of weeks, the area where I live in eastern New Mexico has been issued a Bear Warning. No, I’m not kidding. Due to record-breaking wildfires across much of the state, bears, coyotes, and other wildlife are now venturing into towns in search of food. Several black bears have been spotted within 2 miles of our home. So… I won’t be taking the dogs hiking for awhile!


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