Beelining is a skill used to locate wild bee colonies

Beelining was a serious occupation in Appalachia back in the day, where it was used to obtain honey, and sometimes to capture wild colonies for domestication. 

Today people still practice this skill, and I think it would be a useful skill for preppers to have as well.

The word “beeline” comes from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line, and the definition of the word means: to go quickly in a straight direct course.

To find colonies, one has to capture and mark foraging worker bees in a box. Then release them from various points to establish (by elementary trigonometry) the direction and distance of the colony’s home.

If you would like to learn more about beelining, I suggest listing to the free audiobook “Bee Hunting” by John Ready Lockard (1858 – 1925).

You can also watch this video by Charles Wascott.

A ride from Boston to New York in 1704

The Private Journal of a Journey from Boston to New York in the year 1704, by Sarah Kemble Knight, is a free ebook on Google Play that will take you back to a time when there was no power.

I started reading it and got hooked. It will make you appreciate the things we take for granted today. Here is an excerpt.

When we ride about an how’r, wee come into a thick swamp, wch. by reason of a great fogg, very much startled mee, it being now very dark. But nothing dismay’d John: he had encountered a thousand and a thousands such swamps, having a universall knowledge in the woods; and readly answered all my inquiries wch. were not a few.

Sarah’s journey took five months to complete there and back in the wintertime, crossing many rivers in the process; a trip that would today take about 10 hours.

I think you will enjoy reading her manuscript and might even learn something about a time without power. A time we could find ourselves in again if the grid goes down.

This is not a work of fiction, it is a real-life experience.

The Private Journal of a Journey from Boston to New York in the year 1704, by Sarah Kemble Knight