Since I haven’t posted in a while I figured I’d catch everyone up with what’s been going on in my life.
I’ll start where I left off – hunting season. Unfortunately my season didn’t yield any buck, I did go out with another friend for the final day of rifle and had a buck coming up to us early morning only to have another hunter shoot it right before it came up out of the ravine. I swear hunting here during rifle season is like entering a war zone; bullets flying, people trespassing on posted land, hunter honking to scare deer out from under you…what ever happened to share the love of the hunt and respecting the other? Another reason why I usually only go archery hunting here. So that’s how my season ended, close but no kills, hopefully next year will prove to be better and I can make some more connections to hunt on private land.
Ice fishing (or lack of)
In preparation for ice fishing season I bought a collapsible bob house from a buddy of mine for $50. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘bob house’ which I’ve learned isn’t the coined terminology down here in Pennsylvania like it is in NH, it is what us New Englanders call an ‘ice house’ or ‘ice shanty’ as I’ve heard some down here call it. Either way, whatever you call it, it’s the portable house you take out on to the ice to fish in.
I got this bob house and brought my tipups down from the attic and as the cold weather came waited for the ice to form so I could get my fishing fix. Unfortunately though we did have some cold days, the temperatures just didn’t stay cold long enough to form enough ice in my area. The closest place with enough ice to fish on (I only go out it there’s 6″+) was about an hour and twenty minutes away. I guess it’s one of those things that was bittersweet, it was nice not having a lot of snow to shovel and slide around in however it was a bummer not being able to get out and do the only outdoor recreation I enjoy doing in the winter.
My fiancé and I spent our first Christmas together in the 4 years we’ve been together. With both of our families out west I took a good two weeks off from work and we booked a multi-destination trip. My parents live in Kooskia, Idaho so we decided to spend Christmas with them then go to California for New Years to be with her family. Two completely different lifestyles, my family prefer the calm much slower paced life of remote living, while her family is always wanting to be on the move, doing things, and being around large groups of people. I like to think I’m somewhere in between, I enjoy my outdoor recreation however every now and then I enjoy the amenities of a decent sized place where I can get some good food.
While in Idaho for Christmas I got my fair share of outdoor activities. They were buried in snow so we definitely had that white Christmas everyone talks about, actually it was almost to the point where it was frustrating. Their driveway is long, has multiple turns, and is downhill so when it snowed and iced over it made it impossible for us to get out and go anywhere. There were a good few days where we were stuck inside.
When the snow storms did clear though I got out for my first time wolf hunting. I have to tell you it’s an eerie feeling heading out into the woods after a pack of 6-12 animals that are 200lbs and made to kill anything in their path. Despite being out for a few hours and covering a lot of land we were forced to head back early due to a horrible snow storm that turned the sky to an ominous dark black cloud and was dropping some heavy snow with strong winds. Not something we wanted to get caught in while hunting predators.
We also cut down our own Christmas tree up on the state game lands. This was the first time my fiancé had ever done this, heck it was the first time she had ever had a real Christmas tree. So on Christmas day we had a nice lush conifer that spread the scent of pine throughout the house. I did get pretty neat gift on Christmas as well that I intend to use on some of my various outdoor adventures; I got one of those remote control drones with the camera on the bottom. I’ve always wanted one of these but just never got around to buying one. It’s a pretty basic model but great for a beginner like me since I can crash it without having to worry about thousands of dollars going down the drain. They definitely take some time getting used to the controls and the camera is ok however recording becomes blurry when trying to maneuver it from side to side. Either way I’ll spend some time practicing with this and hopefully get some nice mountain aerial shots this summer.
California was definitely action packed, almost to the point where it’s easy to get pretty worn out. Going from a place where time stands still to a place where there isn’t time to stand still is a tough adjustment. It’s still fun though experiencing so many things I’ve never done before. While there we went to San Francisco, a place that I probably can say I have no desire to ever visit again; too expensive, too many people, and just all around not my lifestyle.
On our way there from San Diego though we did stop at a really neat town that I liked called Solvang, it was a town where all the buildings where in Dutch architecture. Additionally we stopped at an amazing place called Hearst Castle, what a piece of work. The mansion was enormous and sat atop a beautiful mountain overlooking the ocean. It was a very pricey place to visit (as is much of California) but definitely worth seeing.
Another thing that was great trying for the first time was Korean BBQ. Being a huge steak eater this was right up my alley. The sauce used for dipping is really something, I’m hoping I can find the recipe for it somewhere online. That’s more than I can say for the ‘Dim Sum’ they had me try, a Chinese food (and not that China Buffet type Chinese food) I will openly oppose if anyone every tries offering me it again. Overall, even though I didn’t care for some of the things we did there I know they all mean well and just want to share their lifestyle with me.
So that’s everything I’ve slacked on blogging about the past couple months. I definitely cliff noted a lot of my experiences since I could easily make this a 10,000 word post that no one would ever read if I gave the full details on the past couple months. I’ll try to be more regular moving forward and post at least once a month. I’m getting anxious to get out on that kayak again and start posting some more stories about being on the water!