Lesson Three:  Drinkable Water

Lesson Three: Drinkable Water

You take your family out camping for the weekend in the Sierra Mountains and you packed everything you need for a weekend getaway.  You made a checklist and went over it several times.  Shelter- check; fire- check; food- check; and water- check and double check.  The vehicle is packed and you’re ready to head out for your family adventure.   Feeling adventurous, you decide to go on a back country hiking trip instead.  You wonder if you have enough supplies and equipment to do this, and you decide that you’ll be okay for the trip.  You arrive at the ranger station and get a permit and a map and ask the ranger for a good trail with a lot of things to see.   You’re ready to head out.  Throughout the hike, you periodically check the map, and that’s when you realize that things don’t look right.  You should be at the campsite by now, and wonder if you took the wrong trail and if you’re lost. we only brought enough supplies for a couple of days, what are we going to do!   You decide to set up camp and take an inventory of your supplies, knowing that you only packed enough for a couple of days. You realized that you aren’t going to have enough water if you are, indeed lost, and you start to panic.  This is a real life scenario that can and has happened. It’s important to learn new skills that better prepare us for the worst case scenario.   This week’s lesson is water purification and collection.  Finding and purifying water is not...