In the summer there are no shows on TV that I really watch – except for the Cubs, of course! (Miss you, Todd! Although you’ve been nicely replaced by Mark DeRosa in my heart.)
However, there is one show I watch fairly consistently: Man vs. Wild. Bear Grylls is the host of the show and the whole premise is that he shows you how to survive in different situations. For instance, in one show he was dropped off in the Florida Everglades, and his goal is to get to a highway and escape from the Everglades. He only has a flint and striker, canteen and his clothes with him. The hour long show follows him as he gives survival tips and attempts to escape. From the Everglade show, I learned that you want to follow the direction the water is flowing, however, the Everglades are slow moving (of course!), so the way to tell where the water is going, is to tie your canteen to a tree and let it drift in the water – after about a half hour, it will be drifting in the direction you should follow. He’s been in the jungles of Ecuador, the Alaskan wilderness and the desert.
Seeing as how riding bikes on a busy road is heart stopping to me, it’s fascinating to watch somebody survive in the wilderness!
Upon further research into Bear, we found out he was the youngest person from Britain to climb Mt Everest at the age of 23. (This record only lasted about a year.) So, we ordered his book about this feat and I’ll let you know if I recommend the book. Also, this last winter he set a world record in flying over Everest in a powered glider!
Anyway, good show to watch in the lazy, hazy days of summer.
Here’s a link to his Discovery Channel site: Here