One of the better backpacking on-line communities currently
has a charming discussion of the best techniques for a snipe hunt. We first learned about snipe hunting as young
children, when we were equipped with pillow cases and instructed to stand
quietly (and expectantly!) out in the woods while our elders promised to drive the snipe
Being relatively skeptical kids, it didn’t take us long to
figure that one out---but we’ve heard of children who spent more than an hour
waiting for a scurrying snipe. And we’ve
also heard tales of the snipe hunters returning to camp with appropriately
vengeful attitudes and reactions towards those who sent them on their
Be careful what you wish for.
And that got us to thinking about some of the other current
versions of legends of the West—or at least of the outdoors.
A dear friend of ours tells a wonderful tale of his days as
a very cocky older Boy Scout at a big Jamboree.
His scout-leader father decided that his attitude needed an adjustment,
and when our friend complained about the smoke from the campfire, his father
suggested that he ask a nearby group of scouts to borrow their smoke deflector. They didn’t have one, but they sent him on to
the next campsite, and he made it through the whole campground before the truth
dawned on him.
And yes, he was a bit subdued after that.
As we continue to restore and decorate our cabin, we
were charmed to find that a relatively local (Murphy’s, CA) store is stocking full-size
stuffed jackalopes. We hadn’t seen a
jackalope in some years, and it’s good to know that they are still being
stuffed and sold these days.
No, we didn't buy one.
We hope that you are enjoying these cooler, shorter
days. And that you have a few fairy
tales related to camping, hiking, and the West.
If you do, we’d love to hear them.
You can thank Wikipedia for the photos in this post...