Saturday, November 3, 2018

Deer hunt pt2 & pictures

   I slept in the cab of the truck last night.  Sleep came pretty fast. Woke up cold a couple times. Turned the truck on for heat and back to sleep. Need to figure out how to keep the seatbelt out of my back though.
    Woke up to snow. Got dressed, drank a Gatorade.  Grabbed my gear and started hiking. Saw a doe but that was it. It was snowing pretty good and getting cold. Im thinking I hiked a mile maybe more heard a couple shots in the distance.  Decided to call it a day and go home. I couldn't feel my fingers.
    Stopped at the cafe in town got a good cup of coffee for the drive home.
  Stopped and checked out a couple spots I could hunt closer to home.  Just small areas.

    Home, kiss my girls and a hot shower!!!
  Some pictures from the trip.

Deer hunting

         2:30am
  Alarm clock goes off..... Turn the coffee on. Get dressed.  Grab lunch bag and coffee.  Glad everything was loaded last night.
    3:00am
On the road,  listen to podcasts, drink coffee. Stop and stretch twice and potty. Its as dark as the inside of a cow, no stars showing.
    6:15am
  Meet my friend at the cafe. Meet and visit with his friends. Eat a healthy breakfast of eggs, potatoes and sausage.  2 more cups of coffee.
     6:45am
   Drive to the hunt area, national forest. Hike down a logging road looking for deer in spitting snow. Listen to the wind/breeze whistle through to tree tops, but its completely still on the ground. The snow falls straight to the ground to melt. The tree squirrels chatter and scold us for imposing in their home.
   Drive to another couple spots, same deal. Not seeing any bucks. My friend shows and points out a couple areas I can hunt. He goes home.
   Now I'm on my own in an area I'm unfamiliar with.  Im liking this. It's a complete challenge. To me as a person and as a hunter.
   I decide to try an area he pointed out. The country is really steep and heavily forest. Lots of trees and brush.  I hike down another logging road.  Hear deer blowing.  Ok now??? Where are they? Still a gentle rain. Two deer blow from cover quickly. All I see is a flash of white tails and looked like big body's. Continuing down the trail I get a quick view of them break cover again, they're are gone now.
   Driving down the road I come across a flock of wild turkeys.  13-15 in the flock. They are in no hurry to go anywhere fast.
   It's now about dark. Time to find a place to park the truck. I go back to the place we started this morning. I'm just gonna sleep in the truck tonight.  Its so peaceful,  listening to the rain fall on the cab. There's no sounds other that nature and what I make. It's nice to be removed from the modern world for a moment.
  Hopefully I'll get a deer in the morning.  If not thats what it is. I'm just enjoying getting in touch with a primal human side that we as a people are neglecting.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Duck hunting

   I got to go duck hunting yesterday for the first time.  Lots of fun. Good bunch of dudes. Lots of laughs and good comradeship. We didn't get any. They were either to high or to fast. But I learned alot and had fun.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's been a minute

   Doing good here, its been a minute since the last post.
  Just staying busy with work.  Ruby is getting settled into kindergarten. Still long days for her. She's pretty much exhausted at the end of day. Sharon is getting used to having a break from Ruby. It was kinda hard at first.
   Ruby and I saved a toad from the basement window well acouple weeks ago.  She has the gentlest, kindest heart.
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Colorado

  We took a quick mini-vacation to visit some friends in Colorado. Sharon went to the Rock and Gem show in Denver.
  Ruby and I went fishing with our friend.  Great times.  Beautiful area! We fished the the mountain outside Ft. Collins. Nice to get away, even if just for one night.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

First day of kindergarten

  Ruby's first day of kindergarten.....
Sounds like she did great, one melt down. Not a bad one but she showed her teacher her very stubborn streak....lol. She was exhausted tonight when we picked her up. 
   Ruby is going to a rural school. Its a two room school.  In her class there's 8 students.  Her class is K-3.
  It's such a huge step. It seems like yesterday she was born.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Little fishing

   We went to the mountains here close to home. To fish and relax. Its about an hour from home where we went.  Just nice to spend the afternoon watching Ruby and the dogs play.
  I got to do some fishing. Caught a bunch of brookies on flies I tied.  Feels pretty good doing that. Ruby is now fearless with fish. She  loves help release them. Sharon brought a big blanket and relaxed in the shade. Good day for everyone.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tying bench

  Here's where Ruby and I tie fly's. She has her own vise on the left and storage box for her tools and materials.  She loves tying. I love watching her create, and watching her learn. I'm trying to teach her to tie actual flies not just make up ones. But she is having fun and thats all that matters.
   A couple flies I tied up using a new materials and new patterns to me. These are kinda rough but they will improve.
  Take care and be safe.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Mini-Vacation

   We got away last week for a few days. We took a much needed break and just relaxed.  We up to where will always be home.  No matter where we live.  Dubois WY.

  My bride got me a guided fly fishing trip for Christmas.  Finally broke free to use it. It was amazing! I learned sooo much.  Caught 14-16 fish. I really wasn't worried about catching,  I wanted to learn and pick my guides brain. I highly recommend the Tickled Trout guide Leon in Dubois.  Great guy.
   Spent time just doing family stuff.  We did a nice hike. Ruby did the whole thing on her own. Probably 2 miles? Nice to stretch the legs.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tying flies

   So I've picked up this hobby.... I'm learning to tie flys for fishing
It really is relaxing and engage's the mind. The creation is fun. There are so many patterns and different styles of the same bug. 
Here's a couple flys I've tied that are decent.  They need work but will catch fish.
Be safe friends.