Dr. Gary Alt May Have Been Right All Along
I guess with age comes the ability to see the results of change. Earlier this week when I saw the Outdoor Life story “Pennsylvania Hunter Kills Potential State Record Buck” , I had this overwhelming want to pat Dr. Gary Alt on the back.
Three kayaks and one canoe leaned against the shed sitting in the mud. The wind regularly blew them over and across the yard. The situation was less than ideal. I needed to do something. For a while I had kept the fleet of paddle boats in the garage, but mom wanted her garage back, so I built a kayak tree.
The weather man gave the good news – The first below freezing temperatures for the region of the season. In the pre-dawn darkness, I drove the empty roads of Southern Maryland. I was going duck hunting. I was attempting to use one of the first come first hunt waterfowl blind sites Maryland DNR provides for Maryland hunters on a Saturday, the most hunted day of the week. The one main caveat is being the first one there.
Where this will lead I have not a clue, but I guess I’ll continue the journey.
I took a little break from things for a little while. Over a month has passed since my last post. But that does not mean things have not been happening in the Augie’s Adventure’s camp.
I was able to take a break from the daily grind durning the last ten days of September. This blog is not my paycheck. Like most writers, I have a regular job. On October 1, I started a new job and I took a few chill days between the old job and new one.
Spending Time with my Local Whitetail
Learning From The Past
I guess with age we change. The lingering summer heat has simmered my desire to sit in a treestand. Maryland archery deer season began September 5th and as of the 17th, I have yet to carry my bow into the woods. However, that will all change next week; as I have set aside the last 10 days of September for some whitetail deer and Canada Goose hunting.
Time for a Dove Hunt
The other evening after work, the dove fields were calling. I answered the call with my double gun and full shell bag. The gate at the end of the road was locked. I walked the half mile to the sunflower field. The heat of summer remained; even if September was already half gone. Sweat ran down my back and the sun blinded me if I turned to the west.
A large walnut tree, the only lasting residue of what once was a homestead, stood towering guard over the sunflowers. I found shade under the walnut. The plan was to stand and watch the field, until a better shooting position became apparent based on the flight path of the incoming dove.
First timers take to the Monocacy River
Sometime last week, I got a call from the girlfriend asking if I would take a friend of her’s kayaking. Apparently she had posted on facebook asking about wanting to try kayaking. Who am I to turn down a day on the river. I quickly agreed to take them both on the Monocacy River Saturday morning.
As I posted earlier last week, hunting season has snuck up on me this year. The normal preparing for hunting season over the summer did not happen. The summer was spent traveling locally on the weekends exploring new places close to home. After living in the same Atlantic Coast state for over 40 years, one would think, I’ve seen all there is to see within a 500 mile radius. I found that not the case. I visited several new places just outside my own door. From the remote beaches of Portsmouth Island in North Carolina to the Old Growth forest and waterfalls of Rickett’s Glen in Pennsylvania, it was a great summer of exploring locally.
So where in the world did the summer just go!
I just looked at the calendar and this coming weekend begins hunting season. Oh man, I ain’t even started to get ready yet. I’ve been so busy, fishing, camping and having general summertime fun that time has totally gotten away from me.
Native Watercraft Ultimate Kayak Review
After the little mishap the other morning with the kayak bouncing along on the shoulder of Route 295, I figured it was time to do the review post of my Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 Kayak I’ve been paddling this summer. (sorry no pictures of the kayak on the interstate, I was too busy dodging morning rush hour traffic.)