The Michigan Bush Rats: Many Annual Winter Trips to the Bush
Have you heard of them before? I hadn't. I'm glad Bob Yankus mentioned them to me in an email.
They're the Michigan Bush Rats and they run MiBSAR trips into the wintery woods north of the Soo about 15-20 times a winter, I hear.
This is the real rough stuff. They're getting ready and staying ready to go out and help find someone who's lost. "SAR" is "search and rescue."
It's interesting to me that they're Michiganders. Well, probably the locals do things like this, too. Or maybe since locals are always up there they don't have to?
It's fascinating that at least one of the main guys involved, Michael Neiger, is also into Crime investigation and Missing Persons recovery -- he leads and does "ops" as well as training for that kind of thing. Tracking and such. Plus he does archeology.
I like this Bush Rats spirit. I think I have it. And my pals, too. The main difference is that we do Bush Rat adventures most days of the week, but just for a few hours at a time. Sometimes we get carried away and go all day or for a couple days in a row. I just don't have the time or money to really go whole hog. Not sure I want to, either. But then I haven't explored the country north of the Soo much, either! I know that I'm missing out, but I'm missing out on Ohio, too. I've traveled widely in Ingham and adjoining counties, as another kook might've put it.