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Is Surviving Outdoors Easy? Pt. 2

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Is Surviving Outdoors Easy? Pt. 2

A lightning storm in South Wales, Australia. This photo is meant to represent how powerful nature can be. Source: goodfreephotos.com, public domain

A lightning storm in South Wales, Australia. This photo is meant to represent how powerful nature can be. Source: goodfreephotos.com, public domain

A lightning storm in South Wales, Australia. This photo is meant to represent how powerful nature can be. Source: goodfreephotos.com, public domain

A lightning storm in South Wales, Australia. This photo is meant to represent how powerful nature can be. Source: goodfreephotos.com, public domain

Gavin Sweet, Staff Writer

Note: Again, this is only what I think is necessary for outdoor survival which adds even more since this is a sequel to the previous outdoor article. You can give your own opinion, but please be respectful.

It was very interesting that even though I did a few articles already on this topic I still had more questions that needed discussing. So, these are more of tips. Feel free to give your own ideas. WARNING: These examples are dangerous just like the last time, so please take this advice carefully to avoid serious injury.

  1. Not bringing a guide of plants with you. Throughout the history of mankind, there were writings of plants that would not be safe if you want to try salad as part of a healthy diet mostly because they were poisonous. Bringing a plant guide can help you identify what plants are safe and what are not. This is important since it can be difficult to identify them, which makes things all the more dangerous. Some of these may look pretty enough for a decoration, but in my opinion, that is a bad idea. Animals could possibly eat the plants and be contaminated by them which can be terrifying if you consider the fact that back in the 1800’s there were not a lot of safety standards with food like now. When that animal is prepared as food, the poison from that plant could still be in that food and as a result would be extremely dangerous to eat (it is a good thing we have these current food safety standards). Unless you want to get dangerously sick, bring a guide of plants when you are outdoors.
  2. Believing an animal might be harmless. This can apply to any situation like the moose for example, which does not back away from people. Do a lot of research on what animals are not that dangerous and which ones really are before going outdoors. There are so many examples out there, and a simply infamous example would be a cassowary. This is more of an international animal from New Zealand which does teach a great life lesson of respecting an animal’s space. The diet would consist of bugs and fruit, but going near one is still a bad idea. This bird may not seem dangerous, but wait until you go near it. They are extremely aggressive when they feel threatened, and will get defensive of the territory where its food is. Going near a cassowary would be way too hazardous and not worth it. The best thing is to be careful and to not assume that an animal is harmless.
  3. This one will be shorter, but one thing for sure is about knowing weather conditions before going outside. A good example would be a thunderstorm. This is when electricity is built up in darker clouds and is released in the form of lightning. If this is the case, then it is best to not go outside that day because lightning contains an extreme amounts of electricity, which is dangerous for people because that amount electricity is way too much for our human bodies to handle. There is a limit to the amount of electricity that we can handle since electricity is one thing that keeps our heart going. Too much electricity would be overwhelming the amount of electricity to dangerous levels. The number one most dangerous cause of injury is lightning storms because lightning can strike just about anywhere. The best reason is that nature is hard to predict, but at the same time it can be hard to predict where a lightning storm will happen. If this happens, stay inside and turn off anything that requires electricity in your home because power surges are hazardous and are not good for your electricity bill.

Nature is not easy to predict, but knowing what can happen will make life outdoors a lot safer. Is there anything else that is missed? Leave a comment below.

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Gavin Sweet, News, Staff Writer

Gavin's hobbies including video games, traveling, and the outdoors. He also has interests in blacksmithing because it's an art he always wanted to do as...

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