The Journey is Part of the Adventure

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While we were in Oregon our fishing guide was very surprised to learn that we had driven all the way from Colorado. He said that other than from neighboring states that everyone else had always flown in. I was surprised at this, as we always drive on out trips no matter how far away we go. If you have a few people going, many times it takes very little extra time to drive and can save a bunch of money over flying. Plus you get to see different parts of the country up close an personal.

As an example my son and I got off work last Wednesday at noon and after packing the rest of our things we were on the way to pick up my dad 2 hours away who did not work that day. I drove the first 500 miles before getting too tired and then my dad took over and drove the remaining 700. My son was ready as well but never got behind the wheel. We arrived on the coast 1200 miles away by 11 on Thursday morning. Very little time wasted and because it was a fishing trip we only needed to take clothes and drove my little car at 32mpg. We fished 3 days and headed home and went back to work with only 5 days off after driving more than 2500 miles total. Total travel expense was about 300 dollars instead of well over 1000 for plane tickets plus car rental when we got there.

In the last 16 months the three of us have driven from coast to coast twice and fished both ends from Oregon to the bottom of Florida with only a total of 14 days off.

This adds greatly to the memories and story telling.

The journey itself is part of the adventure.


ManOfTheFall's picture

I would say anything under

I would say anything under 500 miles might be worth driving to. But with the price of gas being so high today sometimes flying is the way to go. As far as the road trip and the sights and the time spent together, that is hard to beat. Thanks for the tip.

groovy mike's picture

the journey IS an adventure unto itself sometimes!


 You are exactly right that as anyone who ever took a road trip can tell you – the journey IS an adventure unto itself sometimes! Lol, those trips can definitely include some memory making moments!  BUt that might be veering off into other topics somewhat rapidly!

My hunting budget does not allow much room for the costs of airfare.  Sometime those big expenses are  unavoidable like if you are hunting in overseas in Africa and don’t have a month for a cross Atlantic trip by sea, but by and large most of the hunting that I have done or ever hope to do is accessible on land.  I’ve split the driving as you mentioned to reach northern Maine or Vermont.  These would be eight to twelve hours of travel from home and honestly it was no big deal to do that drive as long as you plan for it and have the mental fortitude to deal with that much time in a vehicle.  Besides transporting yourself to the hunt area having a vehicle available at the end of the hunt to transport game home is truly a blessing as well.  If you happen to be on a hog hunt that allows multiple pigs or you are dealing with truly large game like elk or moose – having that big open bed of a pick-up truck to transport your game animal either home or to a professional butcher for processing is just the ticket too.   


arrowflipper's picture

So right...

Hunter25, you are soooooo right!!  If you dissect your trip, you will find there are several important parts to a hunting or fishing trip.  My trips always start with a lot of time planning, packing, communicating and dreaming of the hunt.  This is a part that I would never leave out.  I love planning and talking about a hunt. 

Then, as you say, there's the trip.  We actually have rituals on our trips.  We have certain foods that we always take to eat along the way.  No hunting trip would be complete without venison finger steaks on potato rolls.  And then there are the corn nuts, candy and bottles of Squirt.  Talk is endless and time flies.  I love the "trip".

Setting up camp is another aspect.  We do our best to think of everything that will make camping more enjoyable.  It's almost as important as the hunt itself.  One can never be too comfortable.

And camp food should never be overlooked.  Venison gravy on mashed spuds, spaghetti and meatballs, cup of noodles, camp coffee, venison steak, and the list goes on.  I always save some venison for the following year's hunt.  I like to think of it as "priming the pump" for a successful hunt.

No, the trip is not to be dreaded.  It's a fun and exciting part of every fishing or hunting trip.  There's not one part of our trips that I'd leave out.  Yes, it saves money to drive but it also provides a great time to chat and eat those favorite driving foods. 

Thanks for the reminder.