I’ve been playing hooky…from the real world, from parenting, and from writing. I took a whole week and went with my favorite people to my favorite place in the world. I haven’t hunted with my brother for over 20 years. When I say that I’m shocked because the antics of our youth, lived out in the red dirt around Electra, Texas on our Guide Mound Ranch, seem like yesterday. We hunted and fished together just yesterday…only that yesterday was over two decades ago.
And I had never before hunted with both my brother and my husband, let alone my brother’s wife, which brought me great joy. Will’s wife, Amy, formerly Amy Morrison, is also a Wichita Falls expat, and one of the finest of them, at that.
But here we were in South Carolina, quail hunting with our spouses and friends, and I had to put a number on it and I was sobered by the swift passage of time. But it caused me to take a moment to celebrate what a great moment it was, to be back together, with birds and dogs and wide open nature and the people we love.
Because, as always, hunting is not only about food. Though, we ate like kings and queens last week. Hunting is also about people and beauty and the most basic things in life. I have around 1000 photos from the week, but I will only be sharing these. It is a private spot. I was with private people. But, what an exceptional week. Will might be mortified to have his photo on a food blog…but he’s my big brother, so I get to brag about being his sister in any forum I like.
[Top Left: Pitts, me; Top Center: Julie, Breon, me, Will; Top Right: Pitts; Bottom Left: Breon, Julie; Bottom Center: oysters at lunch; Bottom Right: Will, Pitts, Amy; Not Pictured: Bob, Michael, Jane, horses, countless dogs, many hardworking horse and dog handlers, the peerless cook, and the ladies who took care of all of us.]
A few years ago, I did a post on the Low Country Oyster Roasts that are such a fun part of this trip. So if you want to live a little of the food of this great spot with me, visit that post. But I stuffed myself all week on French toast, wild turkey (the food), fried chicken, quail, dove, snipe, lamb, roast beef, baked leeks, collard greens, corn fritters, coconut cream pie, and a million other simply prepared but outrageously good dishes. I am inspired. One other hunting post that might be of interest to you, if this one is, is about cooking dove: Dove with Minnesota Wild Rice.
CP: Thank you for introducing me to this. I miss you.