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Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist

Luis Vega is a Wilderness Columnist for the Kingman Miner. If you have comments or want to share experiences, write him at mohave4x4@yahoo.com.

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In writing this column I’ve pondered some philosophical thoughts such as: Where does common sense come from? Is it intuitive? Is it part of our personality or does it originate from a knowledge-base that gives us the foundation to have common sense?

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Early in our years with Search and Rescue, my wife and I started a program of safety instruction for kids.

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Recently, during the coronavirus stay-at-home time, I was watching an old episode of Longmire.

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The universally recognized distress signal is three of anything; gunshots, yells, fires, etc.

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Spring is here, along with wildflowers, baby quail and rattlesnakes.

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Everyone who lives in the desert has most likely been stuck by a thorn at one time or another.

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There have been too many instances of people injured or killed when a flash flood surged down the wash where they were camped.

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Are you a tracker? If you hunt or spend any time in the wilderness or have looked for something or someone, perhaps you are.

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What do you think is the most basic survival tool? Is it a compass or some way to start a fire?

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I love to hear stories about someone using ingenuity and self-reliance to get out of a difficult situation.

By Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist February 22, 2020

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