Several blogs ago, I wrote about my penchant for leaving gear behind while hunting. Today, on the last day of the general firearms season West of the Blue Ridge in Virginia, I outdid myself. My son Mark and I drove to an Alleghany County property where not only was the deer hunting wretched, but I also left my camera case and lunch box behind.
Now as a freelance writer/photographer, my most important gear item is my Nikon camera which is stored within a Pelican case. For someone in my profession to leave such an important item behind is like a carpenter leaving his tool box behind or a fishermen forgetting to bring any fishing rods on a fishing trip.
Come to think of it, I once left my fishing rods behind. Elaine and I had just been married for a few months and decided to go on a combination camping and fishing trip. I left behind the fishing rods, tent, and several items which now escape me as some 34 1/2 years have passed. To forget to remember to bring what are arguably the most important items on a combo fishing and camping trip (ie the rods and tent) is just unfathomable and wreaks of incompetence.
Elaine has just called the landowner and apologized for my snafu. The aforementioned items are in the landowner's driveway. Our son Mark will pick up the items one day this coming week at the landowner's place of business. My long suffering sweetheart of a wife definitely has to have a great patience in dealing with me.