Hunting today just sort of petered out. First of all, one of my hunting buddies decided to leave his wallet at school Friday, with his hunting license inside, way to go son. (At least he didn't honk the damn horn) My other hunting buddy, my 2nd best friend Brian, came down with the 24 hr stomach flu that I just got rid of, serves him right, he did honk the horn, no crapper in the back of the truck so he wasn't going either. I took a little drive up to Columbus this morning but not to go hunting, more on that later.
I did, however, manage to spend a few hours riding out at Ah Nei.
On my way home from Columbus I stopped off to visit one of my 4 wheeling buddies and found that him, his neighbor, and another one of our truck driving friends were going riding, so I went home and loaded up my machine and tagged along. It was great, not exactly my idea of a perfect day riding, but it was fun, had I been in a little better mood I'm sure that I would've enjoyed it a lot more. There are a wide variety of trails out there, for everyone from a rank beginner to a seasoned pro. I'm used to riding in the mountains where the trails always lead to somewhere, so the idea of just riding around, I have to admit, is a little foreign to me.
We found some challenging hillclimbs, a few jumps, some smooth high speed cross country type trails, a little rough rocky stuff, lots of knarly wash outs, and even a high banked sweeper corner that was perfect for kicking up a killer roost. It was a great end to what started out as a bummer day.
This morning I had to say goodbye to an old friend, one that had been ailing for some time, too long in fact. That's the problem with dogs, it's sometimes hard to know when to say goodbye, I've known it was time for a while now, I just didn't have the heart to admit it. Knowing that it's time doesn't make it any easier. It wasn't any easier than it was the last time, when I was 11 years old, and I doubt it will be any easier next time, if there is a next time.
No more pain old friend, you served me well, you trusted me without conditions, your loyalty will not be forgotten, now rest in peace, no more pain old friend.