I am not sure what caused me to get some of the strangest of emails I have recently, but I thought I'd share this with you! I get a young man somewhere from 25 to 28 years of age ( depends on where you look and what you are told) that is a college student, studying to become a "pastor" as I read into the script. But, it also appears that the same person has a great affinity for the ladies, especially at "Hooters". Interesting...? According to his facebook account anyway! This individual wants to learn some things as it pertains to "survival". I found that right off, the same person wants to buy an AK and modify it with a "bullpup kit". I found that odd, as the young man wants to learn about hunting and becoming a "sniper" of all things. I see a trend starting with this younger generation! Maybe it's all those hours of X-box training? ( what is this "thing" about being a sniper? Why don't they just join the military and see how much fun it can be!???) I have no idea personally. Maybe it's too many movies? Anyway.... Despite my repeated advice as to when to go and where, I am continually told that the intent is to go regardless. I am making reference to the land and the current conditions: MUD. The young man has a Honda. I tried to reason that there is NO way, as there are no roads per se, and that ONLY a 4 wheel drive can negotiate the land at this point in time. Unless they happen to have a helo in their pocket! I am asked all kinds of bizarre and off the wall questions, many of which I chose to ignore. The sniper thing threw me a curve. I thought this was an educated young man, but I have been fooled before. I explained this is NOT the time to go running amok in the area, up in northern Arizona. It's cold, wet, and not a good time to experiment with tents! He insists. He also intends to drive in as far as the car will take him then proceed the additional 7 1/2 miles thru terrain he does not know to a place he has never been before, on foot. Sounds intriguing! ( I have explained that if and when he ever returns, to where his car WAS, more than likely it will be gone or maybe ( if he is lucky) just totally stripped!) He says he only needs someone to guide him along the "shortcuts" and he'll make it by himself. I do not know of any, except over the mountains! Now, once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, I was young and bull headed too. I learned the hard way and got educated really fast. I have tried to tell the young man that it is not feasible at this point in time and that I know the land much better than he does, and I even contacted some people up there to check conditions, long before I decide if I'd even try it or not. I won't be going! I agreed to take this person up north and to let him explore and see what he thinks of the land and the general area. In the dry weather ONLY! Not in the dead of WINTER! The first words were "where could he shoot a deer, and elk, or an antelope?" ( oh boy!) I explained "NOT on my land it's in a "NO hunting area" as prescribed by the State's Fish and Game here. And, you'll need a license and a tag and it's not the right season!" That however did not deter this person. He insisted he will "live off the land"! ( oh joy, here we go again!) He has all the intentions of staying 2 nights and 3 days, and to kill an animal for food! I told him that would NOT be advisable, 1) It's illegal. 2) There are people living out there and "IF" you are NOT careful, you'll get yourself shot in the process! 3) I will NOT allow him to do so on or near my property, as it would cause me a LOT of problems which I do NOT want or need. 4) It is open range and he had better be careful NOT to even shoot close to the local cattle! He also insists he can carry in all the water that he'd need. I asked when the last time was that he carried 5 gallons of water over nasty, rocky, muddy, terrain for 7 1/2 miles! He stated he has no problem "slogging" through the mud! On top of this he wants to stay in a tent! But wait, Oh yes! There's more! Oh yes....He also needs for me to teach him how to set up trip wires to alert him if someone is approaching! I told him: "it's NOT going to be people you are going to have as a visitor up there!" Bears,.... maybe, a mountain lion,..... perhaps....packs of coyotes, absolutely! I have tried repeatedly to advise him that this is NOT the time to go into the winter wonderland of the high desert to PLAY around. He insists he is going. Perhaps it's my old age that is pulling me down but I am aware of the conditions and have seen the winds hit 45 mph up there! Yeah, I'd be brave and try that in a tent! ( NOT!) Not to mention the temperatures at night are in the teens right now. Throw those 2 together and you'd better have electric powered longjohns! But he has spent some miniscule time in ROTC, and was in Boy Scouts, a long time ago! He has some very strange ideas of being a survivor, and none I gather about doing any real "prepping". My best guess is he's a "kid" looking for entertainment, or he'd at least have read something about it by now!? All at once now, he wants to put in gardens, chicken coops, and a bunch of stuff....then he claims to have little to no income. However he then informs me he has bought several "tins" of Russian ammo (7.62 x 39) and is looking at several military and civilian rifles to buy! I see a strange conflict here and there....something is NOT right. Whatever the case, I don't need the problems, and if he is really what and whom he says he is, there is still something I am not comfortable with! For one small Instance: is anyone of you aware that there was a terrorist attack on a pipeline in Phoenix, Arizona some time back? According to this young man, It caused disruption and people were standing in line for hours to buy a single gallon of gas! (Funny, but I thought it was when The "Kinder-Morgan" pipe line began to leak, and had to be replaced!) It's those "little" things that set off my red flashing lights and brightly colored flags start popping up!