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How to make fire with sticks

Now that we're back on land, it's time to bombard you with pictures and stories of our adventures.  We can't force you all to come over and watch a mind-numbing, three-hour-long slide show, so instead this week's lunchtime series covers the highlights.  This way, rather than falling asleep in the dark, you can just skip our posts if they get too boring.

As we mentioned previously, before hopping on the cruise ship we spent a day at Moundville's Native American Festival, the highlight of which was learning to make fire.  I summed up the fire-making experience in a four minute video --- my first effort at video editing, so please excuse my growing pains.  The expert on the video created an ember out of two pieces of pine, a bow, and a cap stone in less than three minutes.  It didn't quite catch in his tinder due to humid Alabama weather, but the concept is extraordinarily well explained.  Watch and learn!

This post is part of our Moundville and Cruise to Mexico honeymoon series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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