Thursday, September 13, 2012

Remedies for Curing Sickness

Sickness shows itself in many forms. Usually for me it's in the form of my thoughts constantly being funneled into a mind-tornado of bowhunting and anything outdoors. There are daydreams about maps, water sources, hiking, etc. You all know what I am talking about. On the reality side, it can also take shape in the form of allergies and I hate that side of being 'sick' because it makes you feel run down and blah. Up until last year I had no allergies, but for some reason the smog out here or me getting older has allowed me to be susceptible to pollen and dust. Perfect timing as it hit me just two weeks ago, right during deer season and prior to my Colorado elk hunt. Are you kidding me? Really? My wife and I like to call that 'Average Luck' and it seems to happen to us often!

For over a week I thought I just had a cold and that it would clear up eventually. I started to feel better and them WHAMMO! it hit me again. A trip to the doctor revealed that I seem to be allergic to tree pollen and it just so happens the trees are full of it right now. Lucky me!! A few medications were given to me and I am starting to feel better. Thank God for medicine! Sick or not, the gear testing with my daughter is making me feel better every day. She definitely approves of the Browning Yellowstone sleeping bag!

Part of the problem with feeling like crap is that my desire to blog was waning. I don't like that at all!I love to write and I had multiple ideas for posts, but after sitting in front of a computer all day, all I wanted to do when I got home was rest. I knew I needed to get back on track. Some gear testing with Riley, a trip to the archery range and then the gym helped me focus once again!

Every few days I have been talking with Eddy in Colorado regarding our upcoming hunt and the elk movement. He has always shared exciting news. We have discussed maps, water, and weather, but most of all we talk elk. That's the way to cure my 'sickness' of daydreaming about hunting. Last week, I sent Eddy a text message asking him a question and he didn't get back to me right away. The next day I get a call from him with an apology. He apologized for not getting back to me right away as his hands were full of elk meat!! Then Eddy sends me this photo.

Eddy with his 2012 Colorado 5x3 bull elk.

Now I can't stop thinking about hitting the Rockies and hunting elk! Eddy not only brought down this bull elk at 25 yards, but he also got himself a beauty of a mule deer a week or so prior. Great job, Eddy!

Sick or not, I have been curing some meat for my trip (check the blog tomorrow for the story on that) and testing gear with my #1 helper. I will continue to sort my gear in my garage for my Colorado trip and get everything situated. I will fight these allergies and beat them. I trained too hard this year for me to allow some pollen to make me tap out. It's going to be one incredible trip for sure! I am sure of that.

1 comment:

  1. Same thing happened to me. After 4 years of going to school in LA, I became allergic to a slew of things that never bothered me before. It's definitely the dirty air. It helps to take Claritin the day before you know you're going to spend a lot of time outdoors. That stuff works! -Jen