Friday, August 8, 2014

Take your fishin' rod and take a chance at winning some money....

 A lot of people ask, "what can you do in Southern WV besides ride trails?" Well, depending upon what time of the year it is the answer is PLENTY.
For those of you who like to fish you might want to bring a valid fishing permit and a pole, tackle box and bait with you to the town of Logan tomorrow and take a chance on winning some money in a FREE fishing tourney...
The annual Tony Gill Memorial Fishing Tourny will return to Logan County on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Guyandotte river. As always there is no entry free required to take home the grand prize and enjoy bragging rights for bringing in the biggest fish of the day.
The annual tournament is held on the Guyandotte River from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is held in memory of Tony “Bluegill” Gill, a local fisherman known for his love of the sport of fishing and his good nature.
This year's grand prizes for fish and doorprizes should amount to several thousand dollars. During the 8th annual event $3,000 worth of cash and other prizes were hauled away by lucky winners and organizers of the event note that the purse grows exponentially every year. Organizers noted that some 250 area anglers and sport fishermen competed last year.
 Leonard Codispoti told The Logan Banner that the rules of the event are simple in order to encourage as many people as possible to show up and participate.
$200 will be awarded for the longest bass, $200 for the longest catfish, $150 for the longest carp.
Second place prizes will also be awarded in those categories and there will be other chances to win.    You must be registered before hand to win. Registration will be that day at McDonalds in Logan.
"There is no entry fee- all that is required is a valid WV fishing permit," Codispoti noted.
•All fish must be caught on the Guyandotte river between Three Mile Curve at the Rum Creek Bridge and the Peach Creek Bridge on the day of the tournament.
•The fish will be measured at the McDonalds parking lot. 
•Fish must still be alive.
•No fish will be measured after 3:00 PM.
"Tony truly loved to fish and this is just something we have done through the years to keep his memory alive. He was known for his love of fishing and that is what this is all about. We encourage folks to show up on Saturday, Aug. 9 and take part in the fun and prizes," he said.
Registration will be Saturday morning at McDonalds parking lot in Logan between 7:00-8:30 AM.  You must be registered to win.
For more information contact:
*Leonard Codispoti 304-752-1897
*Bernadette Rorrer 304-752-1771
But wait, there will be more chances to win money thanks to things 'swimming' in that same river! You see, every year the Lions Club of Logan hosts their annual Rubber Duck Race. For a small donation you can sponsor your own poly-resin duck and take a chance on winning the grand prize of $1K. You see the ducks will be dumped into the Guyandotte River and the first duck across the finish line wins his winner the thousand dollar grand prize.
The Lions Club of Logan Rubber Duck  Race will be held at the Guyandotte River (over from the Logan McDonalds near the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority) on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 13. Tickets are available now from members of the club. Just ask around and somebody will point you to a Lion!
This is also the time of the year for outdoor drama under the stars at Chief Logan State Park thanks to the Aracoma Story Inc. and their teams of actors and singers. For more about TAS shows check out www.loganbanner.com for features.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Freedom Fest is HERE!!!



Hey folks,

 Big Jim here, comin' at you from the heart of the World Famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails....
This morning as I drove downtown to mail out some bills I saw that city employees had set up bleacher seating and were getting ready for this week's West Virginia Freedom Festival.

Freedom Fest has become a tradition in the City of Logan over the years. It is a time when there are bands, entertainers, showmen, food vendors and more set up all over the towntown area to surprise, delight and feed you. There will be wild animals. There will be great bands. There will be funnel cakes, Polish sausages, pulled pork bar-b-que sandwiches and a whole lot more, including fireworks shows!
As  I work downtown 6 days a week, needels to say I am excited about the food vendors the most, LOL....
For a few brief but glorious days,  I can walk down the steps, walk a block or two and get my pick of different food. You have no idea what this means to me. You see, a month or so ago the Logan Taco Bell closed for remodeling. As a bachelor who does not cook, I am pretty sick to death of burgers and chicken sandwiches. Given how courthouse and downtown employees ALWAYS pile up at the food vendors I am probably not the only one with that feeling....
 Last month at the Logan City Council, Mayor Serafino Nolletti and City Clerk Amber Miller Viars and others discussed the attractions at this year's Freedom Fest...

Freedom Festival will run through the July 4th weekend.


Musical entertainment includes everything from rock to country: FireHouse will headline on Thurs., July 3 at 8:30 p.m.with opening act Mile To Nowhere; and Kiss cover band Dressed to Kill will headline on Fri., July 4 at 8:30 p.m.; the annual Block Party with DJ Bill France will also be on July 4 at 6:30p.m. at Courthouse Square; and country band Confederate Railroad  will headline before the Fireworks Show on July 5 at 8:30 p.m. Special treat - Confederate Railroad’s opening act will be the local band Coal Fired.


 The Firecracker 5k run will be Sat. July 5 and there will be Super Hero themed presentation in memory of little Gabe Lyall a local boy with a love of comic book heroes who captured hearts across the country during his heroic struggle with fatal illness. The Hell Riders Wall of Death will be located on Aracoma Hotel Lot across from the State Office Building. They will perform all three nights during the festival. If you have not seen there act you may remember an Australian Indy movie back in the day about a young man obsessed with an old Elvis movie where a  motorcycle daredevil rode around and around in a big barrel going parallel to the ground....
 Also, new this year, the Mobile Zip Line Adventure will be set up.


Other attractions are:
  • Logan High School’s Tennis Team will host a tennis camp for children kindergarten-8th grade on July 5.
  • Diamond Jim Old Time Photos will be located on the old Parking Building Lot near DMV.
  • Puppeteer Sylvia Fletcher will be on stage between the Courthouse and McCormick’s all three days at various times with shows that have been said to be great for children.
  • The tigers, a crowd favorite, will be returning all three nights in shows located on the parking building lot across from the DMV
  • The Magic of Speed magic show will have multiple shows all three days
  • Ditsy the Clown will be returning to paint faces
  • The Living Treasure Wildlife Exhibit will be set up during the festival
  • The annual window decorating contest for downtown businesses will continue. The only requirement for entering the contest is decorating the business’ windows.



The festival will be held from July 3-5 in downtown Logan. Remember- the amusements and the shows are all FREE. But bring pocket money for food and gifts and souvinirs!
 All concerts are open and free to the public.

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer fun in HMT Country

Well,
It's that time of the year again, when there is a lot of summer fun to be had by everyone both on and off the trails.
Big Jim here, coming at you from the heart of HMT Country again, good people.
Last night I moseyed on down to Logan City Hall to find out what was up .... And got the heads up on the upcoming Logan Freedom Festival which takes place around the Fourth of July.
Logan's Mayor my old buddy Serafino Nolletti and City Clerk Amber Miller Viars, whom I used to work with at the local newspaper were talking about the upcoming Fourth of July Freedom Festival which will bring daredevils, jungle beasts and a lot of live bands to downtown Logan during the Independence Day weekend.
If you have never been to Freedom Fest, well it is sort of like a cross between a giant carnival and a Fourth of July parade. There is fireworks, live bands, food vendors, entertainers and a whole lot more.
People who work in town love Freedom Fest, especially those of us who work around the courthouse. Because instead of having to go to the parking lot, drive to a restaurant and rush for the drive-thrus at local restaurants we can just walk out on the street and take our choice of anything and everything from the Fried Baloney Sandwiches and hot dogs made by my buddies down at the Logan Shrine Club, to the finest barbqued pulled pork, to polish sausages to everything in between. No drives. No rushing.
Best of all, you can walk around and enjoy your food and see live tigers, exotic animals, trained dogs, talent shows, and daredevils on dirtbikes. One year I got some tips on axe-throwing by some lumberjacks.


 This year’s festival will take place at even more places with even more stages downtown due to the sheer number of musical acts which will include: Confederate Railroad, Brother Satch, the Stillwater Band, the Daddy Rabbit Band, Firehouse and more.
Freedom Festival will also feature vendors with food, A zip-line and bungee jump set up across from the Logan Post Office. Tigers and pet shows will be featured along with the Hellriders Motorcycle Daredevil show, car shows, motorcycle shows, pro-wrestling, and more.
Mayor Nolletti admitted noted that the event annually brings thousands of visitors to downtown Logan.
“If you are a local business this will be the week to run a lot of specials and take advantage of that foot traffic,” he said.
One down side, however. For the past couple of years the good ole boys on the Logan Fire Department have had a request that once again did not come to pass. Every time the planning phase begins for Freedom Fest, the Logan Fire Department has the same request for a certain wild-game wranglin' reality tee vee show star. Nothing breaks up the monotany of a town council meeting like the fire department fellows asking about the man in the cowboy hat with bowie knife and that ululating Tarzan-type cry and his trademarked comment, "Live Action!"
The Mayor said that once again the town had tried to book the famed reality show star “Turtle Man” from the Animal Planet Channel show “Call of the Wildman” with no avail. The mayor said Turtle Man, who hails from neighboring Kentucky was offered $12,000 to make a personal appearance but he turned it down.
“He does not travel on Fourth of July weekend,” the Mayor said.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Devil Anse Connector...starts soon...



Devil Anse Connector to start work today

Hey folks,
 Big Jim here comin' to you from the heart of HMT Country.
And boy do I have some big news for you. In about two hours work should start going full tilt on the new Devil Anse Connector that will hook up our famous and super-popular Rockhouse Trails to the Matewan area.
 As you know, Rockhouse is very popular -especially among our extreme riders- and it is housed in two counties - Mingo County- via Gilbert and Logan County via the town of Man. Some time back it was announced that the next phase of work for HMT would be to connect trails together starting with connecting the trails in Mingo County together then connecting the trails in Logan County together. Well, construction on that phase starts in earnest today.
Awhile back I ran into somebody I know who is in the know who told me "something big is coming real soon," but would not confirm anything. So Monday evening I ran up to the town of Man where Deputy Director Johnny Fekete lives and met with him after the town council meeting where Johnny shared the good news with the town council.

Fekete said work will soon be completed over the next two months on the Rockhouse trail connector that should make a lot of different people happy for several different reasons- not the least of which would be lessening ATV traffic in one residential area.
I hung around a little to talk with Johnny about this.

“We will start pushing on Wednesday on the Devil Anse Connector, “ Fekete said. “This is a long time proposal and when it is completed it will connect the Rochouse Trail to the town of Matewan.”
Fekete said he hoped the project would be completed in a few months, barring any unforeseen delays.
“This is our big project for the year.” Fekete said the idea for the Devil Anse Connector goes back a decade or so to the early days of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Now that most of the trails are completed the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority is looking at connecting them together.
Currently the trails offer over 600 miles of managed trails in and around several towns in Southern West Virginia. The trails have proven to be a great success in regards to bringing in tourism dollars to the area and the HMRRA wants to continue that success in making the coalfields a popular tourism destination.
“This will be a very big thing for our riders, “ Fekete said of the Devil Anse Connector.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Delays and Rumours....

Hey folks,
 Your ole pal Big Jim here again, comin' to you from the heart of the Coalfields....
 It's Easter Sunday and I am hoping you had a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunny, cool 80 degree weather today. It was a BEAUTY....
 I was pokin' around on our super popular resource the Trailriders Community Forum a little while ago. Its great to see how expereinced riders and vendors- the folks in the know- can come out any time of the day and night and help newcomers plan out a trip, or give them advice on making their own fantasy a reality vis a vis the Adventure of the Lifetime for many an outdoorsman- riding the world-famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails....
 One of the topics that came up- and it comes up a lot- is about delays to proposed projects. We learned a long time ago that it is best to not even anounce a completion date for a project because you never know what might happen to delay it. Case in point, one springtime we were supposed to have an opening on a new system. All year long, things were going gangbusters- like clockwork.
Then SHAZAM! In the twinkling of an eye, we got hit by one of the worst winter's in history.... Snow, ice, muck and mire everywhere you looked. Crews had to be pulled off the new system and put on double duty making repairs. This set us back months. .... then SHAZAM AGAIN!!! Spring came and before April's showers could bring May's flowers the whole region faced massive rain storms and floods!!!!
 I gotta give the folks on our field crews Kudos for bein' top hands and moving heaven and earth- lots of earth - to give you- our visitors the best trails on earth to ride...
 But they are only human...and there are only so many hours in the day...and not every challenge is one that our personell can fix with their hands or mighty earth moving machines...
Case in point, an intelligent rider and forum regular noted that he had spoken with some locals who explained to him that one thing that can sometimes delay a trail section or project is getting a land use agreement signed. This is true.
For example, once upon a time HMT dealt with a team of attorneys representing a coal mine about land use agreements....Month in, month out.... Finally- when headway was made after about a year or more of dealin' with these folks, before the project could move forward- SHAZAM!!! The coal mine property got sold to an entirely new set of land owners!  Which meant HMT had to ...start....all....over....from ....scratch. ...
The whole thing has been compared to 'threading a needle."
Uh....It's like threading a needle...when you are blindfolded and got hit over the head with a mason jar full of White Lightning. I am not saying getting land use agreements signed are impossible. If that was the case, well, there would be no trails. I am just saying that sometimes it can be a lot more difficult than it has to be. Remember. You are talking about asking people to sign an agreement to let others- total strangers at that- use their property to ride UTES, Quads, and dirbtikes across it. For nothing. No financial reward. In fact, the only thing you as a landowner get is INSURED. 
Many landowners think this is a good idea- based on the preponderance of locals who often got lost on their property without permission anyway. In this day and age, liability insurance is a good thing.
 Some get told otherwise by 'well meaning' neighbors or relatives who think they should hold out for this, that or the other big payday on the land doing something else with it. Even though in fact, you can put a trail in and not affect their extraction of coal, oil, gas or whatever.
If it was fast and easy to do this other places besides HMT would have over 600 miles of maintained trails too. But its not fast and easy. It takes time.  
Its  a challenge in itself- identifying a suitable peice of land that would make for a good, maintainable trail - then you have to identify who owns the land. Then you have to get them to sign a land use agreement. Then you have to mark it off, measure it, grade it, put signs in, etc...
 But wait, thats not the only hard or long difficult part. Sometimes The hard difficult part is you often have to deal with lawyers.  Sometimes, everybody gets lucky and you deal with an honest lawyer who wants what is best for his client-- free insurance-- and is helpful and easy to deal with. Other times, you deal with lawyers who try to make their clients think they are working hard for them by being a difficult pain in the keyster.  This slows things to a crawl, by the way. 
And this is not uncommon in the Legal Profession, by the way. When I worked at the Williamson Daily News, they paid a lawyer $60,000 a year in a retainer to represent them IF they got sued. Then IF they got sued, he would bill them so many hundreds an hour......
 In reality he seldom had to do anything....
So he would read the paper periodically and call up the editor or the publisher - a man addicted to cheap green polyester suits- and tell them, "I just read a story that is actionable- better reign those reporters in."
Unfortunately for him, I had a 500 level law of the press class taught by an attorney who used to work at the biggest daily paper in Kentucky and  I knew he was fulla crap. And told him so. 
In over 20 years in and out of the field I NEVER GOT SUED. Not once. Thats a good tally in this day and age.   I never got sued because I knew the law and followed it tightly. Oh, I got threatened with lawsuits once a week for a ten year period but most of the attorneys the folks who  made threats to would inform them, "There is nothing actionable here." 
Then there is the type of attorney who does the oldest trick in the book- the type of attorney who drags anything out to pad out his billable hours. I once knew a criminal defense attorney in Kentucky who would bill the same hour he spent drinking in a bar to four different clients. 
So remember- if there are 15 landowners on a proposed stretch of property there may be 15 different lawyers to deal with. If ten of those lawyers are good and honest men who care for their clients well being, Maybe none, maybe one, and maybe as many as  five of them  could be (what is called in the parlance of our times)  shysters, trying to pad out the bill with more hours, to rip the client off. Or who just put him off for months on end to pretend like they are "fighting for him" ...And the longer they can delay a signing the more billable hours they can take advantage of if they are of the shady variety.
 And remember- sometimes even if the attorney you are dealing with is an honest and above board man or woman, they may be so overloaded with work that they have to prioritize some other case over a landowners. 
 Don't get me wrong- There are probably more honest lawyers in WV than anyplace in the world I have seen and I was stuck in the courts daily for over a decade.  The shyster types are a definite minority here. But they are here. And nothing is ever easy with these guys. I have seen them delay a case going to trial for over a year. Now you imagine how such a character can delay the signing of a land use agreement if he decides he wants to slow things down?
HMT does a great job with dealing with challenges that are in our hands....But not every challenge is in our hands.
This is why sometimes there are delays we must face that we cannot do much about. ...This is also why we no longer give completion dates for long term or large scale projects until they are about 80 percent or more completed and we know we can get it done when we say we can.
While this leads to a lot of rumours, we do the best we can but we always have to play the cards that fate, mother nature and sometimes - human beings - deal us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring into Adventure on the Hatfield McCoy Trails...



Hey folks,
 Your ole pard Big Jim here, talkin' at ya from the heart of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails!

It's been a pretty ferocious winter to say the least. And many people are overly anxious for spring to arrive. We have had some good, spring type weather too, lately and even better- we have some fun events coming your way on the trails!

Got Cabin Fever? Never fear...HMT is gettin' spring in gear with fun events!
 The Cabin Fever Reliever - Mud Buddies Ride is right around the corner...Coming up on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Buffalo Mountain Trail will be the first of many events coming your way this spring and summer courtesy of HMT......registration will begin at 9 am and the ride will take off at 10 am...hot dogs, chips, cookies/cakes, and drinks will be provided...so come on out and help support a good cause...Remember Mud Buddies is a non-profit organization which takes people with disabilities out on the trails so they can enjoy the excitement of riding the trails and making memories of a lifetime!!!


Members of the Logan Shrine Club have done a lot of fundraisers over the years, but if their newest event is successful, it just might become an annual one. I was asked to stop on by the Logan Shrine Club on Friday night and find out about the event the local Shriners have set for spring!
Club President Roger Porter told me the goal of the first Shriners ATV Ride and Poker Run is to have a lot of fun and raise some funds for the local charity by taking advantage of the Club's location in the center of Hatfield-McCoy Trails country.
Longtime Shriner Jeff Reagan is in charge of the event which will take place on Sunday, May 4, on the Bearwallow Trail Head in Logan County. The event will be staged at the DMV parking lot in Logan right in front of the Logan Shrine Club. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Porter and Reagan say that the event will bring in riders from across the country and region which should make it a success considering the low cost to get involved- the ride will require a $10 donation to recieve a one-day wristband to ride the trials and it will also get participants a t-shirt. Porter told members of the Logan Shrine Club they can expect some important visitors as well from the Beni-Kedem Temple in Charleston at the event.
 Roger Porter noted attendance to the event could be overwhelming and said volunteers will be needed to oversee and help out. Porter also asked members attending the ride to leave parking available near the club for visitors, many of whom may not be familiar with the town of Logan.
 "We will have EMTS coming, the West Virginia State Police are going to
 be there and we will also have the Hatfeild-McCoy Rangers," Jeff Reagan said,
 noting that 15 sponsors had stepped up and helped out with donations to help pay for the shirts and other expenses in organizing such an undertaking.
 Jeff Reagan noted that for a $10 donation, a rider will receive a one-day wrist band permit and t-shirt, as well as a lot of fun in the great outdoors and the chance to help out the local Shriners.
 "We can also sell hot dogs, and possibly other types of food that day," Jeff Reagan said. Jeff Reagan also noted that in addition to helping cook there will be a need for people to
 help with registration and to oversee the event. Jeff said Rangers will be in the hills where the ribbons will be located for participating riders to mark out the riding area at Bearwallow.Reagan said a high card draw will take
 place to break any ties.
 Remember- these special events are not just good causes- they are good fun too. And they are a great way to get a taste of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails if you have never tried a ride before, at the low cost of a one-day event pass. Tell your friends that this spring, HMT will be the place to be!

Friday, January 31, 2014

When disaster strikes....

Hey folks,

Big Jim here...When I was a young man, I used to drop by a police station to visit one of my college buddies who worked as a police officer. He was another outdoorsman and we were close pals. One day, he showed me a framed poster that was being installed in the stationhouse where the officers got ready for patrol or came in and hung out and decompressed before heading home.
 It was a very sardonic and funny poster based on the old concept of "Murphy's Law." It basically had comments like "never forget, your equipment was purchased from the lowest contract bidder" and so forth. The whole thing was a form of black humour to remind the men and women that when you least expect it bad things can happen and disaster can strike.

 We have had several weeks of EXTREME bad weather here...and across much of the rest of the USA for example. This got me to thinking about ways to deal with disaster when Mr. Murphy comes a callin' as we say in the mountains.

 Perhaps you have seen the television program, "Dual Survival" where two experts are put down in the woods replicating real life incidents where disaster struck and ill-prepared folks had to either find their way home, or dig in and make camp until somebody could get to them.

 By nature, I am a VERY positive thinking guy....But like everybody else I have had my share of small set backs and disasters especially dealing with mechanical and electronic devices. And it DOES pay to be prepared and to think about these sorts of things.

 When one of the experts on Dual Survival wrote his first book on the topic of survival in the woods, Cody Lundin labeled it "98.6 Degrees- The art of keeping your @$$ alive." It's a good book available at bookstores across the USA, online or in the Kindle format for e-readers and computers. Cody focused on the basics of how to cope when you get stuck in the woods and what sorts of things you can bring along with you to help you make it our in one piece.

 Whenever I go riding the trails I always carry a small messenger bag full of emergency stuff just in case, and I bring along plenty of water. Among the items I carry are a space blanket, a poncho, a large 55 gallon drum liner, matches in a water proof container, compass, flint and steel, a small fixed blade knife and a folding knife, flashlight, water purification tablets and plenty of paracord and other wire and cord. It doesn't take up much room and I can even lash it to a quad if need be for greater comfort. I also like to have some food too, just in case...
 In all honesty the only time I ever had to use ANY of this stuff was one day when riding, I came across some briars which I was able to cut down with my knife to avoid getting poked.
Still it is better to have this stuff and not need it than to need it and not have it.
  
 Anything can happen. Machines can break down. You could wreck and disable your machine. Etc... Nothing made by the hand of man is perfect. Now, I am not an expert so I  cannot tell you what you should do- we all hate back seat drivers don't we? But I can tell you what I would do if I got stranded on the trails due to an accident or mechanical failure.
 In the summer time, if the weather was good, I would try to walk my way out. Sometimes it is amazing how close to a road or a town you can be when out on the trails.
 However, winter time can be a bit more challengeing so let us focus on that... If I went riding on a day like today, for example, if I was on a trail like Hatfield-McCoy I would stop and tell the CSR or Ranger at the trailhead where I was going and when I planned to get out. I would try to come out before they were off duty too, just for safety's sake. That way, if I did not show up on time, somebody would know I was out there. I had a young couple from out of state one time who stayed out after we normally closed when I was a CSR. I hung out till one of our senior staffers could come by and go hunt for them. Everything was okay- they just lost track of time. But its a good idea ANYWHERE you may be heading into the woods to tell somebody where you are going and when you should be back. That way, if you are not back by nightfall they can contact the proper folks to start looking for you.
   First thing you need to do is STAY CALM and DO NOT PANIC....
   If I was stuck on the trails (or out in the woods anywhere for that matter) in bad winter weather, I would consider hunkering down for the night, unless I was sure I was close to a town or well travelled road. And I will tell you why- Hypothermia. When your body's core temperature drops below 98.6 degrees it can kill you. In fact hypothermia is one of the biggest problems people face when they get lost in the woods.
  This is where the emergency kit I always take with me would come in handy. I would find a good spot to set up for the night and immediately start a SAFE and controlled campfire to help keep warm. I would also be breaking out the space blankets and plastic liner. If I could, I would gather brush or other items to put down under whatever I was sit or lie upon to insulate me some from the cold ground. Mr. Murphy being what he is, chances are any place you break down in the dead of winter you will not have cell phone reception after all.
 The main thing you need to do is KEEP WARM in such a situation and avoid hypothermia. Exercise can help with this, but you do not want to get so hot and sweaty that the sweat later freezes and cools you down more!
If your clothes are wet, get out of them and put on something dry- even if it is a poncho or a 55 gallon drum liner. Look around and gather equipment to build a lean to to help keep yourself out of the wind. Also try and construct what old timers called a "Reflector" which is a simple wall to put behind your fire to get more heat aimed at YOU! Use it to dry your clothing too. Hunker down for the night but make sure your body does not succumb to the cold and damp. Make sure your fire does not go out. Get as much rest as you can. Hopefully by morning a rescue team will be out looking for you when people notice you did not show up for the night.
 Unfortunately if you are a lonely old bachelor who lives by yourself, that might not happen, so be prepared the next day to decide whether you will be better off by staying hunkered down or by moving out and getting back to civilization. It really is not safe to try and travel in the woods at night. One misstep could lead to a broken ankle, leg or neck. But in the daytime it improves your chances of SAFE mobility. 
 I hope you never have to deal with a situation like that....But it never hurts to be prepared.  In the meantime I would suggest you look into buying a good book on how to survive and get out of the woods safely. There are many of them out there right now and a little knowledge about how to endure such things goes a long way to providing you peace of mind so that if disaster ever does strike, you are ready, willing and able to deal with it!