There is nothing like the breeze flowing through your hair as you drive along the highway in your hatchback on your way to the mountains for some good ol’ camping. I have been doing this camping trip all the time and it has been classy and fun for me and everyone else who need a break. I call it the self-sufficient camping trip. I come with fishing pole and gun to be able to go out and catch and hunt whatever I need to eat for that week. I bring the essentials just in case I find myself without protein but for the past couple of years I have been fairly successful with my rifle and shotgun.
The place I go is at a fairly high altitude and situated by a slow moving river where salmon and other fish comes to spawn so I bring the fishing rod so that I can catch some fresh fish. In the previous years I have caught my share of fish, so big and some small but all tasty. Same with the shotgun, I have shot myself some smaller animals because shooting a deer or something large like that would be a major waste for one guy like me. I remember the first time I shot myself a small rabbit. I felt like an ancient naïve American hunting out in the woods for his keep. I had watched videos on line about how to gut and prepare rabbits and animals like that. The first time I field stripped rabbit it was not a pretty scene but I have gotten way better at it. Practice folks. Now I am a butchering machine which sounds strange to say but it is true.My ritual when I first arrive at the spot is to dive into the river and take in that fresh mountain water. It’s cold and refreshing especially after being in the car all day. I used to come up with a bunch of people but soon realized that I would get the most out of it if I just went up alone. It is a time for quiet and meditation. I bring up my journal and thoughts and really make the most out of the solitude. Being able to feed myself is one of the more rewarding things I have achieved. I would like to get into fermenting but haven’t gotten the chance quite yet.
So far with all my shotgun and fishing expertise I have never had to deal with larger dangerous animals. There are said to be bears and other predators up in these hill but thankfully I have yet to come across these guys. If I ever did I would be ready because I have read everything about guns on Gunivore.com. This has prepared me for whatever has come my way so far. I hope to make these camping trips a lifelong thing but I will have to wait and see. A life is a long time, friends. For now I will camp.