I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Friday, November 12, 2004

Are You Sure That's the Way Back To the Truck? AKA Are We Having Fun Yet?

Are You Sure That's the Way Back To the Truck? AKA Are We Having Fun Yet?

Now that another deer season has rolled around it's time to dust off the compass and maps and become totally confused once again. Not that I have ever been lost in the woods you understand but it's just that I seem to get confused a lot. Well maybe not exactly confused, I certainly know where I am and where I want to go it's just that I usually can't get there from here.

Two things have always worried me when I'm in the woods. Getting lost or running into a bear. Once when hunting in Bath county with Dad I managed to do both at the same time. I was making a circle back to our camp for the noon meal when I foolishly allowed a momma bear and her cub to get between me and where I wanted to be. Not being that familiar with the area I crossed one ridge too many while trying to miss the bear family. To make a long story short I finally made it back to camp about an hour after dark. That certainly put me in a fine mind set for hunting about 50 yards from camp for the rest of that trip.

Now I really haven't been that confused since then but occasionally I realize that I'm not coming out where I thought I would and I get that wonderful thrill of pure unadulterated panic that just makes my day.

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