Hunting and Gathering

The theme of the last few days has been modern day hunting and gathering. Here at the beautiful Dixon Lake our eldest son, Cade has been fishing four days in a row, relishing some peaceful alone time from his siblings I am sure, and getting all the old timers excited for his efforts. If he had a fish on, invariably an old guy would yell, “Hey, someone get that boy a net!” Or, ” That kid is taking all the fish outta here.”

We are currently at Dixon Lake in Escondido, CA – a truly beautiful spot. Our campsite has a view of Escondido valley (think city lights out our bedroom window at night) on one side and the lake and woods on the other. Louis and Mireille, our friends from France, have joined us here at the park as well. The dads took the older kids fishing and with the combined efforts of Louis and Ludvic, brought in a Rainbow Trout big enough to feed us for 2 dinners! It also doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore to pile 10 people in our Airstream:)                                                                                                                                                                   

The fish caught were given the respect due any creature that loses it’s life to feed ours. Nate and the kids thanked the fish, which naturally progressed into a biology lesson with Nate explaining the parts of the fish as he was dissecting it for the freezer.

The psychology and the spirituality and the diet of the hunter/gatherer intrigues me. I struggle sometimes with any attempt to juxtapose that life with what is in front of us today. Maybe no era has been ideal ( in thinking of the hunter/gatherer era I am really grateful for a flushing RV toilet, hot running water, and a laptop to share my pictures ) but what have we lost for our luxuries? What makes old men sprint across a parking lot at 6:00 in the morning to get their fishing permits? What are our primal needs? Are we missing something by not dancing around a fire in the wilderness, or having a house that folds up in minutes, to follow the herds? What have we gained/lost in our personal property rights and borders?  Are we missing something by insulating ourselves with security? Just some questions. Any ideas?


About Melanie Christner NTP, CGP

I am a Nutritional Therapist & GAPS Practitioner in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I help families gain back their energy, digestive health, and robust immune systems...using targeted lab testing paired with nutrient dense whole foods. Find out more at
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6 Responses to Hunting and Gathering

  1. Robert Riversong says:

    Great adventures, great learnings, great questions – which can probably be answered only with more questions and more living and adventuring.

    “…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

    – Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903, in Letters to a Young Poet

  2. Brian Christner says:

    Love the questions Mel… And you have the right to ask them since you have given up the “good life”. I want to send you a book called everything belongs when I get around to it. It would be an excelent read while you are on the move and “living the questions”. I would give it to you on kindle except that it is not available. It is called “Everything Belongs” by Richard Rohr.


  3. hellaD says:

    Wow that looks like fun! Such big fish…yeah I agree with you about hunting and gathering. I sure want to have a chance to do more of that and get to know the wild much better. Thanks so much for checking out my bone broth video!

    • Hi “Hella” 🙂 Thanks for the comment. Our family is reading a pretty insightful book into real hunting and gathering. It is called “Adopted by Indians” and is the story of a boy who lived with the Choinumne (sp?) Indians in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains by King’s River, around 1850. Amazing details of their way of life and it’s a true story. I will probably write a post about what stood out to me…

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