Day 1,516 – Thankful for Climbing a Tree

Crazy! My internet coverage must not have been good enough last night to upload. Here’s my blog post from yesterday today 😁🤷‍♂️

Almost all of the daylight hours were focused on hunting today. The weather cooperated incredibly well (sunny, no wind, and fairly warm) even though the deer didn’t (except for the big buck that my brother in law got early in the morning). All said there were many miles walked, tons of outdoor time, and lots of joking. This was my first time out on opening day in a very long time (over 25 years?) and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to get back in the hunt… see what I did there? 😉

With all of the awesomeness of the hunt, you know what I am the most thankful for today? Climbing a tree. Yup, 100% for sure, it was climbing a tree. For reals!

At one point Gavin and I were waiting for others in the group. Gavin went up in the deer stand, but there was only room for one. Seeing as I didn’t have a gun and I wanted to stay near Gavin I had to find someplace for me to watch from. In an instant I saw my answer. Near the Gavin’s stand was a huge oak tree with some low hanging branches.

Next thing I knew I was swinging myself up a branch and up the tree. For a moment I questioned my ability to get up in the tree but then figured why not? Funny how my mind can sometimes question my ability before I had attempt something. I need to remember to shut that little voice down more often.

I continued up the tree until I found a perfect little perch. I sat there, relaxed, and looked over at Gavin. He smiled at me, I smiled back, and I kind of felt like I was his age again. There we were, two kids out in the woods, climbing trees.

The sun popped out while I chilled on my branch. At one point I even rested my head on the branch above me and almost fell asleep. The entire time up there was so peaceful and relaxing in a way that I can’t even begin to describe. It was exactly where I was meant to be in that moment and I savored every second of it.

The entire day has been full of outdoor awesomeness and I’m grateful for each and every second of it. While all of it was awesome, climbing a tree was special in a crazy kind of way that I appreciate greatly.


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