Early Morning in Salmon River Country

For those who are looking at this post’s timestamp and thinking it is a mistake, trust me, it aint. it is 4:30 am.

I’m up early this morning getting ready to go hunting with my dad and gramps. Well, dad is the only one that can “render to possession” today; he has a late bull (elk) tag for one of the more exclusive areas here that tends to produce trophey book sized elk.

Anyway, I don’t normally just wake up an hour before we are supposed to leave, bright eyed and bushy tailed… and believe me, when I find out why I’m awake half an hour before my alarm clock I’ll see that it gets corrected. Maybe it’s all the turkey I had yesterday; I was in bed by 10:00pm.

Never the less, it’s a great morning. the moon is full and just a few high clouds floating around. The moon is so bright, adding in the reflection of fresh snow on the hills that you’d really have a hard time classifing this as nighttime flying… if you were flying. I can pick out every ridge, nook and cranny of the other side of the river including every snow capped Bitterroot mountain on the divide a couple miles on the other side of the river. What a great morning!

As I conclude this, the moon has set behind the Salmon River Mountains to our west; of which my grandparent’s house sets on the base of. A few little moonbeams still grace the snow capped peaks lingering around as the moon readies the sky for the sun. With it getting darker and colder it should make for a good hunt. With the fresh snow, clean air, a good fire and leftovers; today is going to be a great day no matter what your doing in Salmon River Country.

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