Friday, 5:30PM – Kick off the 2-hour drive from Rochester to Bolivar, NY. Present: Dad and me, in his very comfortable Chevy Tahoe. The Goal: Set up Dad’s ladder-style treestand so that he doesn’t have to do so the evening before opening day.
Friday, 7:30PM – Arrive at hunt camp.
Friday, 8:00PM – Eat birthday cake, drink beer and play Euchre.
Friday, 8:30PM – Lose at Euchre. A lot.
Friday, 10:30PM – Set the alarm clocks, hit the sleeping bags.
Saturday, 5:20AM – Everyone else heads out turkey hunting.
Saturday, 7:30AM – I wake up, eat some doughnut holes and try to get some work done.
Saturday, 7:35AM – My laptop’s battery is dead, so I practice shuffling cards for an hour or so.
Saturday, 9:00AM – Guys start getting back from the morning turkey hunt.
Saturday, 9:15AM – The rain starts. A lot.
Saturday, 9:45AM – Dad and I drive down a big hill to put up his tree stand.
Saturday, 10:05AM – Dad and I attempt to drive back up the big hill. There is a lot of mud.
Saturday, 10:20AM – Dad and I realize the truck is not going anywhere.
Saturday, 10:50AM – Drive to Wellsville with one of the guys to buy tire chains.
Saturday, 11:35AM – Guy at the auto parts store explains that tire chains aren’t legal any more. (Thanks, Hillary!)
Saturday, 12:05PM – Return to camp with 107′ of two-inch tow straps and a 12-foot come-along winch.
What followed was a lot grunting, spinning tires, pushing and pulling, sweating, and some swearing. We daisy-chained the tow straps together, hooked one to the big tow hook in Dad’s front bumper, and wrapped the others around a tree. After opening up the come-along, we put it between two of the straps and started inching the 4,500-pound truck up the hill.
All-told, it took around 10 cycles of the 12-foot winch – four wheels spinning all the way – to pull it up to the top of the steepest part of the hill. From there, four of us were able to get behind the truck and push as the mud flew. A little after 2PM, the truck was free and we all headed for the cabin to change clothes, eat something and close up for the day. At 4PM, we pulled into Dad’s driveway, amazed to see that the rain had washed away all but the most-tenacious of the mud.
Rarely has a hot shower ever felt better.