Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Vacation Day In The Woods

Today I took a vacation day and experienced my first hunting adventure. Sitting quietly in the woods for hours gives you plenty of time to think, and think and think (and take a selfie or two).

I learned quite a bit while in the woods about hunting and myself:
  • Multiple layers are good and Cabela's long john's definitely do the job at keeping you warm. However, I tend to look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man when I hit triple layers.
  • There are so many different types of birds and because of my year's working with the Columbus Metro Parks I can identify a decent amount of them.
  • After hours pass by starring out into the woods it becomes like a desert oasis. Tree branches begin to look like a rack on a buck and distant tree stumps can look like a doe.
  • When you hear a rifle shot on the adjacent property it can be both deflating and hopeful.
  • Hunters are extremely patient people, extremely patient! But, I am way more patient than I give myself credit for.
  • A bearded man in camo is ruggedly handsome.

  • Don't move and stay behind the rifle!
  • Cabela's definitely knows how to use branding to their benefit. Although the camouflage is so good you almost miss seeing their logo.
  • Hunting makes you hungry. So after a day of hunting, leftover coffee in a thermos and some beef jerky taste delicious.
  • The shower and teeth brushing you take after a hunt makes you feel cleaner than you have ever felt before.
  • But most of all I love the outdoors and appreciate how beautiful it is even on a cold late-fall day.

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