Back from the road trip... & death defying christmas tree hunting...



So we got back from our Familial History - seeking trip in one piece - 
we arrived home to -28 temps and very happy to see us animals...

Food. more Food.



We did this 2000+ mile round trip in less then a week, 
and will embellish/blog this coming week on what we did ...
it was very foresty and fun.
and familial!

In the meanwhile,

Its always comforting to find out that your long lost relatives 
had the same kind of adventures we have now - take for instance, this family photo above...



Let me explain.






It was time to go Christmas tree hunting yesterday!
We got a $5. permit and a saw!

And now I have a partner who can cut the tree for me!

Unlike this time here!

So let me take you back to yesterday...



lets go, Dexterdog, wez going on a truck ride!!!

and No, you cant drive this time.





yikes, we better hurry, suns going down...

why do we always do these things at sundown?





yay, we are in the USFS Forest!

Ima always first out of the truck!

YAY!


And ooo look! someones been here recently!

  tracks!!!





dang those are big ones...

I know snow melt can do that to tracks, but these are fresh...





holey buckets.

too big.

no toenail marks. this is not canine.





Dang.

I have tiny reindeer feet, but

Dang.



blood?

Snacktime?

gulp.



Mountain cats have a "M" on their big pad...


Mountain lion?



Uh, Dexterdog, does that look like a cat house to you?

What do you mean, SURE?



never mind.

 gulp.



dang!


hey!


Mr. Foresterman!

OVER HERE!


THERES A BIG CAT AROUND! BIG CAT!

BIIIIG!!!

CAAAAT!


Where ya going??!!!

Hey!!

HEY!

taken in the dark. by a fretting feral woman.
SO Out in the open, ahem, wide open, we found our tree, tagged it, cut it, and dragged it out...

like in speed time.

fast.

for older people.


without further incident. 

what a nice Christmas memory...



So, back to the familial journey...

Unlike my third cousin twice removed pictured here
(i didnt make that up, really! I used the cousin calculater here!)

We will not be hunting this Mountain cat down, 
even though he lives about 5 miles away.

Id like to think he will go someplace warmer...like Florida. 
I hear they are almost extinct in Florida...
They need more big cats.
 key word Need.
Maybe he needs a bus ticket.

Anyhow, 

This is Florence with her bobcats and trusty dog.

My third cousin twice removed.

Got that?

Back then they didnt have Gore-tex.

Fur, leather, cotton, linen and wool were it.

Heck, they didnt even have cellphones...

wait, we dont have cellphone reception out here...

okay, it was still different, we have much better visionwear now.

But I bet Florence knew about looking for 
Christmas trees under duress...

Because in this picture she has her going to town clothes on!


~

Up next, 

more Familial bonding 2000 mile roundtrip...!




xoxox













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