Last summer, a situation presented itself on the evening of the 3rd day of a 12 day camping trip. Redundancies that I have in place for most all equipment and scenarios left me wondering how this could have happened, and more importantly, what we could do in the future to reduce future occurrences/failures. Our outdoor excursions involve the wilderness, though not the type you will find in a campground. Living in the woods. No traffic, other campers or passers-by, just you and God's creatures. All cooking and heat in our camp is done by the campfire....always has, always will. Nothing like a meal from the fire, around the fire, to warm the belly and the spirit. As such, I always have the means to create said fire, which in this case, happened to be seven Bic lighters stashed about the rig. Well, through the course of the third day, starting at breakfast and on through the following lunch and supper, disaster struck. Or what could have been, easily, for someone not so equipped to deal with the situation at hand. It happened on this trip, that the odds were stacked against us. I never, in my wildest dreams, would ever believe that all seven of those lighters would fail. Yet they did. So much for redundancy. As it happened, this turned out to be one of the greatest and most memorable trips our family has taken. What could have been a lost vacation at best, or tragedy at worst, turned in to a valuable lesson and learning experience for all of us. You see, I strive to rely on only myself and my wits. And part of this path to self-sufficiency has been learning the many ways to make fire. It was this same skill that I introduced to my then future wife during our second date in my backyard. Needless to say, the kiddos got introduced to and practiced their fire-making stills that trip. All was not lost by any means. I guess my point to all of this is: it may not be so much what you stash in your pockets or pack, but rather what you stash in the great mind God you. Any other stories to share?