Last Man

Man and dog on top of sand dune

I was looking out at the ocean today from atop a dune wondering if I could handle the loneliness of being the last man alive on the earth.

I suppose I would keep looking for another person even if that was the case.

Bugging out to where?

Jockey's Ridge North Carolina

A lot of preppers think they are going to bug-out to the wilderness when the SHTF, but I have news for them, our civilized world has left very little wilderness to bug-out to. If it were not for our national and state parks, there would be none. All of it would be owned by someone, and if that someone is you, are you going to welcome them onto your property? Probably not.

So bugging-out without a place to go is going to be difficult; for example, my wife and I are traveling along the Outer Banks of North Carolina this week, and if it were not for the national parks, all we would be seeing is house after house and retail strip mall after retail strip mall.

Just like the song says:

Songwriters: Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

Our population has grown to the point that we can now drive across the county and never be away from people coming the other way.

So where will you go to hide? The best place will be on your own property unless you are forced to leave.

As always, this is just my opinion.


Disasters are no big deal

Satellite image of hurricane

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and other disasters have a positive side to them. The disaster part is mostly due to our refusal to live with instead of against nature.

Animals know how to do this and handle disasters better than we do. For example, whenever hurricanes hit the outer banks of North Carolina, the wild horses that live there move to high ground and take cover in the local vegetation and rarely suffer any losses.

Birds have a variety of strategies for dealing with massive storms as well, some leave the area, others fly ahead of it or into the center. Masses of birds have even been known to fly for miles within the eye of a hurricane, surrounded on all sides by its mighty winds.

When a massive tsunami hit the Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary in India in December 2004, the local flamingos ditched their habitats there in search of higher ground before the disaster hit, saving themselves in the process.

In 2009, scientist discovered that the creatures in a pond they were working at disappeared, and were vexed. Three days later the nearby town experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. Apparently, the toads could sense it was coming and hopped off to safer ground.

Insects have a survival strategy too. When ants get flooded out they cling together to form a living life raft.

We, humans, seemed to be the only ones who think we can defeat the forces around us, but in the end, we just look like fools.

As always, this is just my opinion.