“Crabs,” Larson said. “Probably ate at least 2,000.”
“How’d you eat them?”
“Roast them and eat them like potato chips, basically,” Larson said. “They’re small ones. Yeah (the show) spent all the time on the mice, because — hello? TV — you know. That was the most delicious, so I was probably more theatrical.”
Larson looked down at the trail. When he’d come out in the morning to look for good kindling sources, his boots, some dog paws and a set of cross-country skis were the only things that had left tracks in the snow. Now, it looked as though the trail had been heavily traversed.
“It gets to the point where, if you’re (in the woods) every single day, it’s crazy, because you just learn every single tree,” he said.
When a new set of prints shows up or a branch falls down, it’s big news, he said.
Back at camp at Pawnee Lake, Larson stacked the kindling and tucked a cotton ball coated in a glob of Vaseline beneath it. He gave Russell a match. Then, fire.
“You know, when it’s easy like that it’s not the same,” Larson said as he warmed his boots. “As it gets progressively more and more difficult, it gets more and more rewarding.”
To see the full list of Larson’s classes, which include everything from canoe paddle carving to wild foraging and take place no more than a few hours from Lincoln, and to read more about his experiences on the show and in nature, go to woodsongwilderness.com.
Reach the writer at 402-473-7438 or email@example.com. On Twitter @LJSMatteson.
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