family reunion was winding down my son Tod, friend Fred and I
started making our final plans for the trip to Tejon Ranch. We
had been planning this Hog hunt since last fall.
I flew down
to the Burbank airport from Ketchikan last Wednesday. After not
putting on long johns almost every morning since September, the
So Cal heat and pollution was pounding me. One day the TV weather
lady even said it will be a "cool 70" today. Well,
when it gets 70 in Ketchikan it's about heat stroke time!!!
Fred had just
recently gotten a new pick up truck, so he was driving. He showed
up about mid morning and we promptly loaded up. After checking
around for a couple Styrofoam coolers (which I was told were
only carried in 'summer' time) we headed north on the I-5. We
took the exit into Castaic for a great sub sandwich and a look
for coolers at the bait / convenience / gas stop. Just small
coolers here. Back on the I-5 and north. As we passed Pyramid,
Tod and Fred talked of many good fishing trips down in the lake.
Next stop was Frazier Park in our search for something to haul
our Hog meat (if we were successful) back to town in. There was
a great hardware store in the little picturesque town and we
picked up a couple of plastic totes. Back on the I-5 and northbound
it was. The weather started to cool rapidly as there was heavy
fog hanging in the San Joaquin.
As it got dark we continued our way on back like we came. Darrell had Tri-Tip on the B-B-Q when we got back in to the camp. No sign of Larry and Fred. After getting a little more settled in and settling back with a cold one the phone rang. It was Larry saying they would be awhile. Fred had connected on a nice one just before dark. After a bit they came rolling in. Fred was one happy camper with a grin from ear to ear and a hunting tale to tell. His borrowed '06 did the job with one well-placed shot. First Pig down, a medium size Sow. Fred also sighted Deer, Squirrel, Turkey and a Bobcat. After skinning duties and a great dinner we sat around having a few more Brews and telling hunting tales and reliving the evening hunt.
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