Well, we made it back in one piece from our hunting/camping adventure. We went to the Southern part of Wyoming which is kind of a different landscape. It’s pretty much completely flat with zero trees, not what you think of when you think of “going camping” but it worked all the same. My husband was hunting for antelope which we saw everywhere! Here’s what they look like:
This is a family blog, so I won’t post the pictures I have of an antelope (I’m sure you see where this is going)..they’re rather unfortunate.
I know it sounds a little brutal to go hunting, but the hunting part is actually pretty fun. By “hunting” I mean literally trying to sneak up on the animals or just find them in the first place, it’s like a game. I would be perfectly fine with just that part, not the actual killing of one. But, I guess that’s the point of the hunt…
Anyway, we camped out one night which was actually pretty fun. My only complaints were 1). it was super windy and rained off and on throughout the night so it got kinda loud. It also dropped down to the 30’s so I did get cold. 2). Going to the bathroom.
Okay, I officially hate going to the bathroom in the outdoors. Call me prissy, but I prefer the comfort of my bathroom at home..or anyone else’s bathroom…just an actual toilet would be super. I think next time I need this:
Privacy tent and toilet! How convenient!
Anyway, that was my only major annoyance, but I survived. We got a ton of new camping stuff as wedding presents so it was fun to use it all!
We both fit perfectly in the tent! The tents made these days are way cooler than what I remember as a kid.
We even had pads for under our sleeping bags just to make it more comfortable. Mine is a blow up pad…almost like a blow up mattress..almost. Still pretty nice though! It made a huge difference.
Our dinner was very gourmet: freeze-dried chicken teriyaki and kung pao chicken.
Actually, the teriyaki was pretty good…the kung pao chicken on the other hand? I’ll pass on that next time.
Although the terrain was pretty flat, it was really pretty in its’ own way.
We woke up at 5:30 in the morning (and went to bed at 8 the night before) and were ready to hunt! My husband did shoot 1 antelope (I’ll spare you the pictures) around 6 at night. It’s a pretty intense experience for me. The minute the gun went off, I started sobbing. I felt so bad because I didn’t want to make him feel guilty, I was completely aware this was the point of our trip. It’s just hard I guess. But, we do use as much of the animal as we can. I also like the idea of eating meat we bring home, whether it’s from hunting or fishing, we know exactly where it came from and it’s much leaner than commercial meat.
We cooked up some antelope last night and it was pretty good! If you’ve ever had venison, it’s similar: pretty gamey but unique.
We served it up with butternut squash and veggies! A good, light dinner.
On a totally unrelated subject, it snowed here yesterday! I couldn’t believe it! All my winter stuff is still packed away. Guess it’s time to get the North Face out..
Ski season starts in a month! 🙂
How’s the weather where you are? How do you feel about hunting?