Today is six weeks since my five back surgery's and to treat myself i took a short hike down into a area that i used to hunt years ago. It's a valley with dense stands of very large larch and pine as well Reprod so thick you have to crawl through it. The valley this is in is shaped as a "Y" and has 50-100 to 400yd shooting lanes. I have taken both coyotes and bear out of here and there are depending on the time of year herds of elk as well. This place is up high in the mountains and when it freezes it can stay that way until spring sometimes. There are springs here that water the grass and yesterday they were frozen solid and made for very careful walking for an old fart like me. This a place that has a main forest road not far from it and a atv trail system running through the corner of it, however the animals could care less since they have grown up with these noises and just go on about their lives. The first time i went in there i scouted it out of course and found two different little tin blinds that hunters had made years before, one was falling apart but the other was still there and being used. It had a small sheep herder stove in it and wood stacked up around the tin to help hide it. The temp yesterday maybe 200yds above this spot was in the mid40's, but down here it was well below freezing and probably not going to change until next spring. It was my first time back down in here in years and time has stood still here. One of the reasons i hiked back down in here was to look at a large larch that i had found many years ago that had a well made tree stand in it, the tree now is probably 80ft tall or more and the tree stand is now 60+ feet up there, a good climb for anyone wanting to use it, (if it isn't to rotten now) it has a perfect view of most of the "Y" for the shooting lanes there. I will try and remember to take a camera next time i go and get some photos to share here, the cameras not the best but we'll see what happens. Well it's off to Boise this morning to see the doc for my six week check up from my back surgery's and get his release so i can finally get my hips put back in place from being clamped to that damn surgery table.