After all the excitement from the fair and the rodeo last week- we played it pretty low key this week.
Last weekend we headed out to a Kabetogama State Forest area to shoot the .22. There is something about state forests, dirt roads, and guns that reminds me of going to Badora State Forest with my Dad when I was younger. Before I even started deer hunting we would go up and camp in the woods or make a day trip from the family cabin in Garrison. Many good memories were made there…it’s too bad much of it has been logged and potlatched now.
E definitely has an awesome shot- I’m pretty impressed by his ability to shoot so accurately at such a long distance. I, however, am a bit more reserved about shooting at a ridiculous range. Dad always told me not to make a shot I wasn’t sure about it- so I kept it a little closer than E but I hit the target. MeatLoaf hid under the truck but didn’t bark- so maybe with a bit more training there is hope of him becoming hunting dog after all.
|E♥Love's Awesome Shot|
I have a feeling E and I will miss our time here in the Northwoods. We have played so many games of farkle, cribbage, rummy, and dominos since our arrival in May. I can’t remember when the last time we played card and dice games together in the cities. It’s fun for us- especially since we are both so competitive. And just for the record I kicked his butt in dominos and rummy this past week!
|Loaf and I are a dynamic Duo|
When E and I got home I told him we had to go look for Bailey- I just wouldn’t be able to sleep if we didn’t go out there and try to look for her. So against our better judgment we got in the boat and headed toward Moxie Island. Moxie Island is about 7 miles west toward the open part of Kabetogama. Let’s just say that the weather forecast estimated wind gusts up to 25 mph. There were white caps on the lake, and we got drenched the entire way there. E kept looking at me like really- we are doing this? And I just kept telling him, “WE CANNOT ABORT THIS MISSION!” I really didn’t get scared until we got closer to Moxie and were more vulnerable to the wind as the lake opened up. I put on my life jacket if that gives you any idea of how intense the wind and waves were!
We beached the boat at the campsite, and made a plan to walk in about 75 yards and walk the length of the island. E led the way and used the marking tape every 40 feet or so. We hooted and hollered her name for over an hour. We thought we heard barking and got so excited and then when we heard it again….it was a raven-very disappointing. We reached the other side of the island and headed back to the boat. It was getting dark and we had to end the search and rescue mission. I was really hoping we would find her! I not only wanted to be Jane’s superhero but I can’t imagine losing my Loaf!
|She's so precious.|
|Bailey would have been such a good GF for Loaf|