Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Back to Reality - New Year's Edition

I am still cooling my heels on the back end of my hunting trip to southern Virginia - my first since January, 2009, and first serious one since November, 2007.  "Cooling" is the operative word because we suffered (not really) through near-tropical hunting conditions, waiting on a waterfowl migration that has yet to take place.  I did kill a few ducks and quail with my brothers and a few other new swampy friends, and the time away from work and family responsibilities was priceless.

Work starts on tuesday, and it is going to be "game time" seriously, with several important deadlines in the next 10 weeks.  I don't know what to do about the end of waterfowl season (we have another 3+ weeks) - I'm ambivalent about it (perhaps because I got up at 4am to hunt 3 days in a row last week??? Or because work needs to come first for a while....).   Part of me just wants to put the hunting gear away and get the trout fishing tackle out of the gear shed.  Decisions, decisions.

I look forward to telling you all the stories of my trip.  The sights, sounds, and smells were rejuvenating...... like friendly visits from ghosts of old memories.  It was good to be back.  Until I get my storytelling (i.e. hunting lies) straight, I'll be sharing some other posts and gear reviews that have been pending for awhile.

Happy New Year.


tugboatdude said...

It was priceless and I'm glad you could make it down.Sorry the birds didn't cooperate but at least it wasn't freezing

Map Monkey said...

Your photo on top of this post was really beautiful!

Fontinalis Rising said...

With all the open water we've had in the Great Lakes up until now, none of the ducks have a reason to migrate south. This latest cold snap should push some out.

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