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I left my family, my friends, my comfort zone and moved across the country. I'm learning to love and rely on God in a whole new way.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Adventures of Sprig

Well, Elk hunting was work, but not all work. We would often head off on adventures during the day time when you can't hunt. Because elk are nocturnal the best hours of hunting are in the early morning, and right before sunset. Yesterday Hannah and I went on a little walk up the road. We found a broken off branch, and promptly named him sprig. He then came with us on our walk, and we would stop and take pictures with him when we thought of interesting things. We are definitely silly, but it was an incredible amount of fun. Most of these pictures are unexplainable, but please enjoy.


(and a few other photo's)

by: Carrie and Hannah Calhoun

Now, Sprig wasn't found yet in this one.....

Or this one.......aren't we HOTT?
Mountain Women at their finest.



Hannah and the fallen tree(sprigs previous home)

Meet Sprig.

"There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot."

I didn't want to drop him.

He doubles as a duster.

We were having a blinking contest. He won.

He knew the way home.

Hanging out in the truck

He then headed over to his family reunion

He took a look through dad's binoculars

On the walk home.

Hannah and Sprig in the tree.

Hannah, a little jealous that I had him.

I guess I was jealous too.


Jake liked Sprig.

He was helping out with dinner.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Week of Hunting

Hunting! What a great week. For all of you that don't know, my siblings Hannah, Molly, Kurt, and I were all drawn for Branch Bull tags this year. I got the happy news while I was in Europe, and we have all been anxiously awaiting October 20 since then. We went up last Sunday(dad and Tim went up on Thursday to set up camp) and got all ready to start hunting on Monday. There were six of us in total, the four hunters and the two guides, my dad and brother Tim. We hunted all this week. Although I haven't brought home an animal yet, it has been one of the most fun weeks. I will admit that I was a little afraid to spend so much time alone, crammed into two little tents, with five other people, but we had a fantastic time. We got up every morning at 5:30, ate breakfast, and started walking. Some of us had farther to walk then others, but we all saw lots of incredible views, and lots of elk. Every morning this week I've watched the sunrise while sitting on the edge of a cliff looking for elk. It was so much fun.

I have all of next week to hunt as well, but my chance of seeing a bull could drop excessively since all the regular season spike hunters will be roaming around my mountains looking for a spike(a spike is a young bull with only one horn on either side, for all you non-hunter types). I don't know if I'll see a bull, but I haven't given up yet.

I took lots of pictures, and here are a few for you to enjoy.

This was the view I had every morning this week. I'm not sure that pictures really do it justice.

Kurt and I hunting right before sunset.

My view of Mt. Rainier

Brian and I

Believe it or not this picture and the one right below were taken approx. 1 hour apart.....the weather can change really quickly.

Before the storm blew in.

(*note* when sitting on the edge of a cliff for hours and hours it can get boring, and taking pictures of your shoes becomes common place. I have so many....but I'll spare you. I'm not the only one either, my sister Hannah has quite a few of her boots as well.)

Kurt packing out his bull.

All the boys walking home after the long, but successful, hunt.

All the girls

Tim looking for elk for me to shoot.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Great Escape

Carrie and Hilary's Escape.

Having just escaped from all responsibility.....we gaze at one another.
When I said escaped.....I meant escaped.

We made it through the Jungle!
After surviving the jungle....I made sure I could see properly...
so that I could ward off any scary men(or beast....or both)

Hilary was there to look always.

As you can see in this photo......the excitement was overflowin(We don't get out very often).

We saw interesting things along the way..

I spotted some thievery

But O So glamorous.

I pondered.......

And mulled over options.

And then I scoped out our situation......

And so did Hilary.....

And we decided on some drinks....

Now, as you can see in this next photo......

We decided on drinks without caffeine(for good reason).

The drinks were definitely dance worthy.....

but, all good things must come to an end.

so we gadded our way home(That one's for you).

Though complete.....never forgotten.

The End.
(P.S. Hilary may have remembered our day going a little diffently.....but don't believe her.....I am always right.)