During a spring hike yesterday, we were trying to come up with business ideas with very little overhead. “Guided nature hike” was recommended by my favorite podcast, The Survival Podcast. Of course I’m always trying to throw in an apocalyptic / self-sustainability angle, and thought of “Survival Hikes”! Looking at your surroundings and figuring out what you could eat, finding fresh water, temporary and more long term shelter.
With this in mind, the spring up here in Summit County, Colorado does not produce lush yummy looking plants. Everything is covered in mud, flowers have not sprung, and it wasn’t a picturesque spring outdoor feast. Haha! But where is the fun without that challenge, right??
I kept eyeing the pine cones and pine needles, as they were abundant. With a little research, it turns out pine needles make an OK tea, packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is most helpful for supporting a strong immune system and is an effective antioxidant. A deficiency will lead to fatigue and lethargy, which are the enemy of a productive warrior of the apocalypse or camp site.
So chop up some pine needles to release the nutrients and vitamins, and boil directly with some clean drinking water, and boy you got yourself a healthy pine stew! (Arrested Development, anybody?) Anyway, for more tips on eating your way through a pine tree, here is a resource I found. Stay tuned for my camping trips this summer where I will experiment with some Pine Needle Tea!
I encourage you to take stock of what is in abundance in your area and research methods for consumption and benefit for you. On your next hike, notice what there will be plenty of and how it can benefit your health. It’ll take 10 minutes and you’ll have awareness should you need to look to the land.