It’s been about three days, since we’ve been back from the Colorado Elk Hunt. Like most people, I have the slight “trip blues”…. I miss the mountains, snowy mornings, fresher air and real spring water. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to be back home with my husband and family, but at the same time, I miss the days of that amazing experience and the quality time shared with my father, uncles, and cousin.
Being back in the city/suburbs, the true appreciation of the beauty of God and his creation, has been watered down. Within days, I am reminded of “keeping up with the Jone’s, nosey neighbors, corny holiday meet and greet parties, concrete and commercial buildings and secondary city traffic. Beyond tagging a big game animal, one the greatest parts of hunting is recognizing nature and its stillness. Hunting always reminds me of “Be Still and Know that I am God”. Psalm 46:10
This trip has given me a greater appreciation for simple deer hunting. I used to think that getting up early and walking 100 yards to my deer stand was tough work; I was so wrong….Hunting in the Rockies is a whole other ball game. It’s like going from high school to the pro league. We would get up around 4:30 and walk through large rocks, hills, and large sage bushes of grand meadows, in order to reach our spots, along the Colorado Routt National Forest’s DARK TIMBER…. This was a one to two mile hike with your rifle and a twenty-five pound hunting backpack. Let’s also not forget, that you’re hiking on a snowy mountain at dang near 10,000ft.
Lucky for me, I did not have any issues with altitude sickness, and my body was able to acclimate to the atmosphere during the first days, but when hiking at a faster pace, my breathing and heart rate did struggle from time to time to catch up. Once we made it to our hunting spots, we hunted “All DAY.” One day, we were set up from hike out to hike home for a total of 14 hours.
Now…. going to my job each day, is ten times easier than Rocky mountain hunting. But given the choice, I would hunt through those tough elements everyday, because I love it. With that being said, now that I am home and back to reality… How do I keep that same passion, motivation and energy for everyday life and work??? That is my challenge through the end of 2018. Giving my best to have that same hunting perseverance throughout the end of this year and give it to the other areas of my life. Until next time my friends…
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