Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Some pictures from the boat on the elk hunt. This was the 19th annual elk hunt - that's a lot of hunts. And what makes the hunt special is that it is boat-based. Our base camp is a very comfortable and warm boat. We go ashore to hunt and rough it. But we always have a refuge to return to and the skipper Jim can pick us up wherever we have ended up on shore. And, best of all, there is beer on the boat!
For the first 8 or 9 years (through 2010) we hunted off of the Alpha Centuri. But ever since 2011 our base has been the Columbia. However, despite 10 years of the Columbia when radioing the boat from shore I still often say 'Alpha Centuri, Alpha Centuri this is shore party can you hear us?' And Jim on the boat knows exactly what's up. I actually think that this year I got it right and called 'Columbia, Columbia' for the first time. Patrick
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Some scenics from our recent elk hunt. We hunted in a forested area, and where there was not forest it was either swampy meadow, alder and salmonberry brush, or the high alpine. We tried to avoid the salmonberry thickets, but those are also the places the elk seem to prefer.
We had pretty good weather for the trip. It was almost always sunny in the morning and we would have sprinkles in the evening. But by dawn you could generally see Orion on the horizon and we had a few hard frosts. One evening it rained pretty hard - mixed with snow at our camp! But adverse weather only makes us appreciate the wood stove even more. And we awoke to see all the mountains above camp coated in snow. Patrick