Some months back I was unsuccessful building a fire in a proper fire pit. The wood was wet and the humidity was high. I had not read anything on processing wood or prep... now a few months later I have a solo and campfire stove. I've used them to cook and make marshmallows in my backyard. And I've read and watched everything I could on fero rods, friction fires and even some Survivor.
And then it finally set in. We are going for a 3hr hike with the kids and I thought I would make a temporary camp so we could set a tarp, blanket, small fire, and just enjoy the moment. And then in a moment of clarity I decided to check the fire conditions. It has been a particularly dry season and so even though it received 38 inches of rain annually there are forests that are dry meaning no campfires.
You cannot imagine my disappointment.
So while my skills and knowledge are still valuable I won't be using them on this hike. And instead of buying my solo stoves I should have purchased a jetboil or something similar.