Friday, October 5, 2007
Off to camp
The kayaks will languish in the garage this weekend while I pursue the wily whitetail deer. They will have plenty of visitors however since the VOR is determined to reduce inventory by conducting a hated garage sale ("Would you take a quarter for that??"). One of my fondest childhood memories is the Old Man throwing a couple guys out of our garage as they argued over who got to buy a set of bowls. I come by my garage sale antipathy honestly!
It should be a glorious weekend in the northwoods. The color was peaking up in Voyageurs last weekend and should be the same at Reefer Creek. We are only 2 miles from the south shore of Lake Superior and kind of have our own mini climate. There should also be tons of migrating birds. We are at the point on the west end of the lake where a lot of bird species think, "Hmmm....this looks like a pretty good place to cross; distance looks manageable". The bucks should be making their ground scrapes in anticipation of the rut and the bears will be fattening up for their hibernation. Its amazing what you can see while sitting quietly, 15' up in a tree. As I mentioned yesterday, I will have a companion in the tree for the first time. The eldest grandson of the GurneyGranny (she comes by her nom de guerre honestly also) will be taking advantage of the two day youth hunt. It will be interesting to attempt to impart some deer hunting knowledge and also to see how a member of the computer generation can adapt their attention (deficit) span to sitting quietly and observantly in a tree. Knowing this lad for a number of years gives me a certain amount of confidence that he will do just fine. It should be a quality hunt and I hope he can begin to develop a good hunting ethic. No one is watching you when you hunt so you need to develop your own code of behavior. There is some interesting discussion on this topic from the Orion Institute. I look forward to good friends, good food, and a blazing hot wood fired sauna. Oh, and perhaps an adult beverage or two once the bow is safely stowed away.