That's what it's been like for me this month watching my friend and colleague Hellen take steps toward becoming a waterfowl huntress.
Hellen, who joined me at Delevan last week to observe her first duck hunt, knows she can't realistically get ready to hunt before the waterfowl season ends in three weekends. She still has to take her hunter safety course, get licensed, buy a gun, endure the 10-day waiting period, get the gun fitted and take a couple shooting lessons. Not gonna happen.
But that's not stopping her from becoming an important part of the economy. Yesterday, I took her (and her husband Derek) out for her first trip to area hunting stores (Wild Sports in Orangevale and Sportsman's Warehouse in Rocklin) and helped her shop for things she can use as she continues to accompany me and my friends on hunts this month.
Watching her discover fun new toys - and some of the problems with them - is... Well, there's no way I can do justice to the story. You've got to read it on her blog. But I'll give you a clue: The Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum picture is up here for a reason.