There is NO Giggling in the Tree Stand

img_5117It was a normal Saturday at the farm. Superman got up early, early with Adam to go deer hunting. Without even a glimpse of the famed 10 pointer, he was seeing on his motion camera set up in the woods, Superman got busy cutting stuff down around the farm. As is usual, he about killed himself on that tractor. He thinks he’s invincible. He tells me later how he almost bit the dust as he was trying to move some huge log out of the way and cutting branches at the same time. A branch hits the mechanism that lifts and lowers the bucket, which this great big log is resting. The bucket starts rising up, up and up, the log rolls down onto the tractor toward him! He yells “Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!!!” Dang.img_4608Meanwhile, I’m at home, happily in my craft room, totally oblivious of the potential widow maker happening at the farm…thank goodness. Anyway, later that afternoon, I planned on going down there to visit my girls when the temperatures warmed up. Bees like you checking on them when the weather is pleasant, not chilly and rainy. I showed up, did my inspection of the hives and planned on going back home.IMG_5122.jpgBut Mr. Mr. suggested something different. Why don’t I sit in the deer stand with him? Well, I really wasn’t dressed properly. I had on a bright blue t-shirt and purple shoes.IMG_5125.jpgHe handed me a camouflaged jacket and hat. I worried “What about my shoes? I don’t think deer like purple.” He said “Here, carry this camo fabric. I need to make a skirt for the stand. It will cover your shoes.” Make a skirt?!? That sounds we’re going to be crafting! I’m in!IMG_5127.jpgFYI…you have to get into the stand waayyy before the deer start their carousing around. OK. So we are at the barn, the tractor just minutes ago was roaring, lawn mowers at the neighbors are going, dogs are barking, roosters are crowing but Superman turns to me and whispers “Stick close to me and be very very quiet.” Seriously? We have to be quiet?IMG_5128.jpgWe quietly walk through the pasture. Well sorta. It was like walking through a room with the floor covered in bubble wrap. The grass had been cut in the past week, so the ground was dry and crackly. Every step was crunch, crunch, crunch. It reminded me of coming home late as a teenager and trying so hard not to wake the parents, but hitting that squeaky step. ugh.

So we got to the tree stand that Adam’s friend had reportedly seen some deer from that morning. Superman gave me the hand up signal to stop. Then the two fingers to his eyes to tell me to watch him. (I am trying so hard not to laugh.) When the coast is clear, he signals for me to come.IMG_5129Yeah, it’s pretty high up there.IMG_5132But the view is worth it. It is hard to tell by looking at this picture, but we are high up.IMG_5142Much to my disappointment, there wasn’t much crafting going on up here. We zip tied the skirt to the stand. Of course, when it was my turn to zippity do dah, although I was pulling slowly, I got the look  from Superman for zipping too loudly. (Puhleez)IMG_5138The skirt is up and Yup my shoes are hidden, because these purple shoes would definitely keep a deer from showing up.IMG_5139Ok. So we are all ready to go, right? Nope. Now we gotta spray doe estrous all over the place. I guess its like Magic Potion #9 for bucks. I hear they go crazy when they smell the stuff. (hee hee) Forget that we are suppose to be very very quiet, this guy beside me is rummaging through his backpack, zipping and unzipping, pulling out noisy water bottles hats on, hats off, gloves on, gloves off. Then I get a wad of mucus lodged in my throat and I ever so quietly try to cough it up and I get the look.IMG_5145OOPS! Someone dropped his hat.IMG_5140This is really serious business. I’m given the “two fingers to the eyes” signal with a thumb pointing behind us, meaning I’m in charge of keeping my eyes sharp to any movement in the rear. ( I really want to throw a salute, but I don’t. I just turn in my padded seat and check things out out back.) I hear leaves crunching, I look closer and see it is only a squirrel. I got kinda excited there.IMG_5210I know, I know, I’m suppose to be quiet. As I try to settle in to enjoy this moment in nature, the lawn mowers are still going, dogs are barking, roosters are crowing, mommas are fussing at their kids, the Harley roars by on the road, and someone on the neighboring farm shoots off his gun. But I am suppose to be very very quiet. I think this is kinda funny. I whisper to Superman my silly thought, but he doesn’t think I’m very funny. Which in turn makes me giggle. But there is NO GIGGLING in the tree stand.IMG_5135I think we’re all settled in, each with our appointed duties, now it is time to wait.IMG_5132And wait.IMG_5215and wait. It’s getting dark now, surely the big guy is going to come out of his hidey hole. The sun has gone down. “Um, so how much longer do we wait?”IMG_5219Superman shows me five fingers. He pulls out his green light, which is kinda cool. We can see the wildlife, but they can’t see us. He tells me later that after the sun goes down his binoculars give him about 15 minutes of light. Then the green light helps light up the area unseen to the critters.

In the end, we saw n.o.t.h.i.n.g. I know from watching my guys all these years, there is a science to all this hunting. The camouflage clothes must be washed in no-scent detergent and stored in containers with earth wafers. (These are little discs that smell like dirt.) It is a definite test in endurance and patience. There is importance in which gun you use and which stand you sit in.IMG_5223Ok I admit, I’m not a hunter, but I did enjoy being out there just listening to the sounds of crickets, birds and leaves falling. The warm air turned cool as the sun set, bringing fresh air to my lungs. I appreciated the opportunity to just sit, watch and listen. On one hand I’m glad the big guy didn’t show up, but on the other, I am a little disappointed to not see a doe. (Superman will only shoot an 8 point or above.) I’m not sure, but my purple shoes, small hacks dislodging phlegm, little fits of giggling, and 219 flashes off my camera MAY have scared off the deer. Maybe. I don’t really care. IMG_5224Because most importantly, I appreciate the fact that my guy wanted me to sit in the stand with him.

ANNNND…he took me to the Lighthouse Fish Camp in Pacolet, SC! Fish camps will have to be another day. Let’s just say they are a historical fact here in the Upstate.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

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Seven State High Point Road Trip, part 3

This seven state high point road trip continues. We began four days ago in Vermont, where we climbed Mt. Mansfield. Then jumped in the car and drove to Lake Placid, New York. Superman climbed the 3500 ft to Mt. Marcy. Day 3 we checked off High Point, New Jersey and Ebright Azimuth in Delaware. Day 4 was spent touring Washington D.C.

The first stop for the 5th day of our adventure was Seneca Rocks, West Virginia! A drive up to the parking lot led to a short walk with a beautiful view and this pretty awesome cairn.Back in the car and an hour drive, took us to Backbone Mountain in Maryland. Getting to each of our points was a joy. We rode through so many small towns , which made the long hours on the road pleasurable.Superman signed the registry of High Pointers after we hiked to the Maryland high point, Hoye-Crest on Backbone Mountain.To get to the seventh and final high point, we had the pleasure of driving through Pennsylvania Amish country. I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful this part of the country is. Fields of corn, herds of cows and sheep dotted the landscape.There is something so peaceful and quiet here.

Although we know that the Amish are against getting their picture taken, we couldn’t help ourselves. This area of the country is so beautiful and the people so unique.

We slowed as two little boys, maybe 3 and 5 years old, in their straw hats, black jackets and suspenders holding hands crossed the road. The smallest one’s hat blew off his head. The “big” guy took him safely to the other side, then ran back for the hat, putting it back on the little one’s head. Both boys had the biggest, sweetest smiles. We waved and they waved back. It would have been the most precious picture, I actually had my act together to take one.

Then we passed a young Amish man on his horse drawn tractor plowing the earth. Superman and I both commented on how cool that was. Did I snap a pic? Nope! I just couldn’t fumble my way quick enough.

We passed several horse drawn buggies and as we would approach to pass, Superman would say “Get Ready! Roll down your window!” I’d spaz out, grab my phone….we’d get closer…I try to remember my passcode…closer…I’d remember I can just swipe right….or is it left?…gone. Superman: “Did you get it?” Uh no. I bet we did this like three times. The last attempt had me fussing at him to slow down so I could get ready. BAM! Got it!

Superman looked at it and said “You didn’t get the horse!”

Hello. That was as good as it was going to get.

So here we are at the seventh, the last, the final high point of this adventure, Mt. Davis in Pennsylvania. A 200 ft fire tower stood at the spot, so Superman had to climb it. It looked pretty sketchy to me, but I didn’t want to lose face, so I climbed it too.

Whew! We did it. Not too tough. Again Superman has led me on a fun adventure. I’m so blessed to be his sidekick.

Thanks for dropping by!