While workmen were making an excavation along the Fredericktown-Levering pike, near the elevation known as Ghost Hill, (about one-eighth of a mile from Fredericktown, Ohio), they uncovered two skulls. These skulls were brought to Mt. Vernon by Contractor Grubb and exhibited in July 1921.
Kindling is basically small diameter pieces of dry wood from small branches. You are looking for wood about the size of a pencil to the thickness of a dime. You need small diameter wood so the tinder has something to ignite. Too large a piece when a fire is just starting is very difficult to get to light.
When I was a kid, I started off with a guitar book by Jerry Snyder. It wasn’t really considered a campfire songbook, but many of the songs were excellent for campfire singing. I believe it was called the Guitar Sing Book. It is out of print now. There were a lot of folk-rock songs that were popular in the 70’s. I used many of those songs around article and literally wore it out. So I bought a new one and wore that one out too. What was great about that book was that it used mostly easy open chords. It also included a suggested picking or strumming pattern at the beginning of each song.
When starting your campfire, do not forget that safety is the first concern. You should always have some kind of fire pit or ring made with stones. This helps keep as many embers in the campfire as possible. Find enough stones to create a circle that is about 8 to 12 inches high and a diameter of about double the size of the campfire you want. Keep some space in-between the stones to allow oxygen to get to the base of the fire. You need oxygen coming into the starting fire not only from the top, but also from the bottom. This gives the fire a circular flow of oxygen and will keep it burning.
Scout out the immediate area for environmental hazards. If there is poison ivy or poison oak in the vicinity make, sure you know where it is to avoid stumbling on it accidentally.
Our spot sits below the parking area surrounded by great trees, overlooking our own private stream filled with crawfish and maybe a trout or two. A week of no cars, people, cell phones, or noise was bliss. A short hike to the right, crawling over large rocks in the stream comes to a secret abandoned plantation water place, a private waterfall for jumping off of.
In terms of the “Made in America” fires, not so many are burning at the present time. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) saw two small fires burning on Kekekabic Lake, but those are now winding down and should be no threat to paddlers.
Dispose of waste appropriately. If you create waste, make sure you dispose of it properly. Sometimes you just can’t recycle or reuse something. When that happens, make sure it gets put in a trash bag. Also, invest in some eco-friendly products to clean up your mess. With some careful planning and attentiveness, your motor home can become a green machine. Ignore the finger wagging commuters in SUVs. Talking to fellow RV enthusiasts on your travels can reveal even more ways that you can contribute to the environment.