My Sky Color

A forty something Dad, Husband, Engineer guy living in Western Oregon. Reflections on all things in life. A few technical things and whatever else comes along.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Good Medicine Moment

The Native Americans spoke of Good Medicine or things that occurred that were very meaningful. In my life time I have had a few of those occur while spending time outdoors. In my life the most worthwhile thing I have is my family and children. Recently Little C and I were elk hunting near Wallowa, Oregon. We spent a long day hiking through all the areas that will have elk. It was a rough weekend to be hunting due to it being a full moon, a spike hunt and the second weekend of the hunt. Most of the hunters had gone home so no one was pushing the animals around. It was a sunshine day and we hiked our legs off. Even though we didn't connect with a critter we had a nice visit with our friends and got to spend time outdoors.

I haven't been up to Wallowa Lake in a few years and I wanted to show it to Little C. I hoped that there would be some of the big bucks hanging around the park like usual.

There weren't many deer that day but we found one guy that liked our apple slices. It was pretty neat to see the look of wonderment on my son's face with that big buck picking up the apple pieces off the ground right next to the car. He wouldn't take them from his hand but almost. So we got to see this buck standing within three feet of the car munching up the pieces of apple. There was a doe there too but he had chased her off a short ditance. C threw her some pieces too.

She actually would take the pieces out of his hand before the buck came over and chased her off. I would venture to say that Little C won't forget this moment the rest of his life.

We hope to go back in the middle of winter when the snow is deep and there are more bigger bucks hanging around. We can also go to a place where the Game Comission feeds the elk. There we can usually see some monster bulls hiding in the timber close to the feeding area. DMP

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Winter has arrived. The photo is the last sunshine of fall being soaked up by Harvey. He was all stretched out but the camera wasn't cooperating and as soon as he knew I was there he sat up in hopes of something to eat.

The goats are too friendly and are in the middle of everything and everyone elses' business. They will sneak into the chicken coop and eat their food if you don't mind the door. They will open the door to Harvey's area of the barn an steal his food. They will put their font feet on the inside walls of the barn so they can reach the alpaca's feeders and clean up their grain. So the feeding ritual morning and night involves feeding the goats first and locking them in the head stanchions. That way everyone else can eat in peace. DMP

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Monday, November 03, 2008

DMP's Political Statement
I generally don't talk politics. I let people have their own opinions and keep my mouth shut. This really sums up what I think. Not everyone will agree but I've had it!