I'm totally digging foraging and developing traditional homesteading skills right now. I've recently had the following experiences, which (to me, at least) are a funny juxtaposition of the natural world and the not-so natural world.
-I was foraging some wild raspberries at one of the installations and
was thinking about how I'd like to learn more about botany to really
interact more with the wild environment. Suddenly I had to retreat into
the foliage to avoid being squished by a Humvee.
- I was driving a coworker in my car so we could go pick up our work
vehicle. At the installation's gate, we stopped to show our IDs. The
guard looked into my backseat and said, "What IS that?" I said, "Do you
know what fruit roll-ups are?" (he was German, so he might not have). He
answered in the affirmative so I said that I was making cherry fruit
roll-ups. He cracked up and waved me through. Indeed, I am using the
foraged cherries and am dehydrating them in the car (which is said to be
a hack when person doesn't have a dehydrator). Crazy Homesteading Using
One's Car Level Attained: 8.