I haven’t posted much lately but not because I haven’t been outdoors. In fact I have been outdoors a bunch, but I have been hunting. I make the assumption that most people who follow my blog are hikers and although hunters do a lot of hiking, most hikers don’t hunt. I consider my self a small “h” hunter, not “A Hunter”. I am very sensitive to animals being mistreated so my family only buys organic humanly raised meat from a local farm. In the words of the Duck Dynasty guys: ” I dont trust meat from the grocery store.” I have recently come to the realization that there is nothing more organic than a wild raised deer, and that no one can be sure that the animal was harvested in a “humane as possible” way as me. So not wanting to be an ignorant carnivore who is disconnected with where my food comes I feel as if I should be able to accept the full consequences of where meat comes from.
I have not got a deer yet, but I have spent some beautiful time in the woods and have come to the realization that hunting and hiking although sharing similar venues have very little in common for me.
The tree stand that I have sat in and watched the squirrels from for hours:
View from the stand
I’m not very good at hunting yet, but I have gotten very good at sitting in the woods until I am nearly hypothermic.
I have wanted to get a group of local friends together for a hike for a while. Originally we were going to hike Monadnock, but Saturdays forecast was for rain in the afternoon. So we scaled it down a little and hiked Pack Monadnock in Greenfield NH instead. There ended up being about 16 of us who went and we were able to get up and down before the rain moved in.
Pack Monadnock was a great choice for a large party with varying abilities, we were all able to hike at our own pace without getting too separated. Maybe Weare Hike 2015 will work out for Monadnock or something more north.
Going up the steep part. (Me with Jake in the Kelty Pack)
Us taking over the Summit.
I went up the Dublin Trail to the summit for my 78th Mt Monadnock Summit today. The upper 200 feet of elevation was in the clouds. Trail conditions were dry until I reached the clouds. Being alone I enjoyed setting a challenging pace for myself and I made it the 2 1/2 miles from car to summit in 51 minutes. I hung out at the top for about 10 minutes and then made it back to my car 42 minutes later. This way is a great way to go and has about 10% of the traffic that the state park trails have.
We finally found a life jacket that will fit Jake. Hes 11 months old now and about 25 pounds. so it was tricky finding one that fit well.
Now that he would be safe we went for a paddle. I towed Emily and Jake behind my kayak around Mountain Base Lake
As you can see by the look on his face he wasn’t to sure how he felt about kayaking yet.
My Parents came up and watched Jakey so Emily and I could get a little time off. We headed up to Mt William Pond with our Kayaks, and I took my fishing pole too. The Pond was nice and quiet as motor boats are not allowed.
We Paddled around and I did some fishing
I caught a nice trout on a trout magnet lure.
When we got home I fired up some charcoal and cooked him up. Fresh trout cooked over hot coals is the best! Even my Patterdale Terrier thought so.