They landed by parachute in the Louisiana wet lands. There are 150 reptiles, amphibians and alligators in the Bayou. At night there are snapping alligators and poisonous water moccasins. Let’s see what happens next!
A hanging hotel
Myke spots an alligator but can’t use it yet because they have no fire to cook it and he must make their above ground hammock or “hanging hotel.” Mike demonstrates how the alligators opening power is weak by holding its mouth shut so that the crew could get a good picture of it. Myke does not tell Ruth about the alligator because he doesn’t want her to be even more afraid! The parachute needs to be freed from the tree to make a hammock. Ruth climbs the tree and frees the parachute to Myke’s surprise. Using a series of square knots they tie the parachute to two trees to make a hammock which they both have to share over the swamp for safety and to keep dry.
The Louisiana wetlands come to life after dark. Ruth sees all kinds of critters in the river. After a rough nights sleep in their shared hammock, they head out to find dry land while following the river.
All rivers flow from North to South so if they head east or west they are bound to find one or to stumble upon a passing boat. In the Louisiana wetlands there are 100,000 square miles of swamp. Forty percent of the state is wetlands. Dehydration and trench foot could take them out unless they find dry ground.
After walking through the swamp for several miles they find dry land where they need to stay put for a while to recharge. They need to make a fire with the sun and Ruth glasses. They use her eye glasses to direct the sun which is held over dry leaves to make a fire, but the sun keeps hiding behind the clouds. It takes a little time but finally they get a fire going.
They cut the parachute in half to make two hammocks up off the ground to keep them safe. They see a snake with a rounded head eating an eel. The rounded head means that the snake it is not venomous. Venomous snakes have a triangular head which holds the venom on both sides. Myke gets the snake for them to eat. However, they end up using this snake for bait because it does not have much meat on it. It was actually not an eel that the snake was trying to feed on, but, instead an amphibian/salamander or which some call a Congo snake. They end up roasting the salamander for their meal. Ruth nibbles on it while Myke fishes for crawdads using the snake as bait. They cook the crawdads on skewers made of twigs.
Finally on dry ground
Now that they have a fire and are on dry land, they use their parachute for a tent/leinto. The morning of their 3rd day they are happy to see that the leinto survived the rain storm. There are 54 species of snakes in Louisiana. They start the fire to make spears. They are preparing a couple of spears to teach Ruth to hunt for a bigger meal. While Myke prepares the fire, Ruth drinks the clean fresh rain water from the roof of their leinto.
Hardening the spear
Ruth needs to learn how to fire harden the spear head. This is done by touching the tip of the spear to the fire intermittently but not letting it burn. The cellulose binds together when hardened in the fire to increase the strength of the spear.
Myke uses his helmet cam to hunt so that the crew does not scare away the game he is hunting down. Myke sees a wild boar but his helmet cam got caught and he couldn’t catch the boar. The boar could have provided them enough food to keep them alive for a week.
Settling for a possum
They see a possum in a tree and try to catch that for their next meal. However, things don’t go as planned and the possum runs away and climbs up another tree. Myke brings it down but Ruth cries as she has to help kill the animal. Myke says that the way he looks at it when he kills something is, “It lives on as being part of me.” Ruth says she will never take eating meat for granted ever again. Ruth says the possum tastes like wild turkey. While eating the possum they hear a river boat so they plan to break camp and find the river. They need to keep everything they have just in case they have to make camp again. They carry coals from their fire with a piece of punk wood, and, keep an eye on it so that it does not go out.
The next morning they hear the boat again and try to make a signal by raising the flag up on a pole so that it can be seen. The boat spots them and they are rescued. Myke says that in spite of Ruth’s girliness, which he loves, she has a great deal of strength that he admires. He says that these adventures have caused their love to grow.