Did I mean honeymoon? Well, maybe! Four years ago, we were all set to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on December 9th at The Cloisters in Sea Island , Georgia where we first honeymooned that beautiful December day so long ago. We were to leave on Thursday for a relaxing long weekend. I had been thinking about the trip to the resort and early in the week, I blurted out to my husband that I would really love to go deer hunting instead. His mouth dropped and he said, “Are you kidding…you want to give up a five star resort with a non-refundable deposit to go deer hunting?” “YES!”, I said “I really do.”
He was quick to start surfing the internet to see if we could find a last minute hunting destination that could accommodate us. Sure enough since it was not peak season, we were able to book into a world class hunting spot in St. George, SC at Deerfield Plantation. My husband made sure it was ‘female friendly” and they assured us that they had a very nice cabin would be available to us.
So, I traded a luxury suite for a cabin, sighting in my gun instead of spa treatments, food plots instead of flowers, hunting boots instead of heels, southern home cooking instead of five star dining, sitting in a deer stand instead of sitting by the pool, getting up at 4 am instead of lounging until late, and wearing long johns instead of lingerie! You get the picture, but I could not be happier!
Our cabin was perfect: rustic, inviting, and cozy! We were very happy sipping wine by the fireplace and catching up on how the past 30 years had flown by in a blink of an eye! We raised 3 wonderful children and now could spend time together that was just “us” time. Best of all, we were spending time doing something we both love. We especially were grateful that we could find enjoyment in simple pleasures such as the beauty that nature offers us and preparing beautiful meals from the bounty we have harvested.
We sat together on every hunt (after all, it was our anniversary) and had the best time. No, we were not exactly quiet or still. We cuddled to stay warm, listened to the owls howling in the pitch black and watched the sun wake up the woods with its first light. The brisk morning air was invigorating as we waited patiently to see a deer. Since December is not peak rut, we didn’t have high expectations. We were thrilled to see lots of turkeys strolling along without a care in the world and laughed to ourselves thinking they surely knew it was not turkey season. The leaves were dropping in the light breeze and it sounded more like delicate rain drops in the quiet woods. We munched on Slim Jims and beef jerkey, something I never do but it just seemed right.
On our third sit as the afternoon was drawing to a close, we watched two does walking through the woods on their way to a food plot and I knew this was my opportunity. I took the shot and was thrilled to take a doe for the freezer and table. On our last morning hunt that Sunday, when we couldn’t have expected anything more to our perfect weekend, a beautiful snow shower covered the ground and made the woods bright and beautiful. A button buck entertained us as he playfully jumped around like a child.
We said our goodbyes to the wonderful owners and staff at Deerfield after a hearty lunch of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, peas, and salad. But our good byes were more like see you soon. We have become more like family as we return each season. Besides deer hunting, we have had many successful turkey, hog, and quail hunts at Deerfield. Each time we return, it feels special just like that very first Huntingmoon we had four years earlier. And, each year, we return on our special wedding anniversary weekend. Oh, I need to mention too that the nice people at The Cloisters honored our reservation and extended it to the following summer. So, we had the best of both… how sweet is that!!!
Beautifully written Maggie! I so love this and congratulations on 30 years!!! Magnificent!
We got married in Hawaii and hunted Axis deer and goats on our honeymoon. It was the absolute best!
Thank you Nancy!!! We are cut out of the same cloth for sure!!!
Thank you Nancy!!!
Maggie: While I know this story first hand, I was totally engrossed in your amazing ability to help the reader actually see what you are describing because of your unique ability to write like few others can. Your descriptions are so vivid and your words literally come alive as you explain this unique and near unbelievable story. I know not one female other than you who would trade a week end at The Cloisters for an opportunity to be in the woods.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that you decided to visit Deerfield four years ago as I now have two new friends who are so special. I look forward to every visit you make to St. George. And I know you come to Deerfield to enjoy the hunting experience as well as the outdoors, but I gotta tell you that I look forward more than you know to you and Trippett coming in from your hunts so we can laugh and enjoy the rest of the night.
Can’t wait to see you in a day or two.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments! Every word I wrote is from my heart and truly you have made us feel like family! We will be ending the year at Deerfield and bringing in the new as well! How great is that!!!
Thank you sweet Donna! I just noticed I had not responded to your message. Miss you guys so much when it is not hunting season!!! We need to plan a visit. Going to SEWE for Saturday if you guys are in Charleston. Let us know!
That was a great memory you shared with us. Now if I could just talk my lovely wife into spending our Anniversary hunting or just at little country cottage get away .
Thank you Travis!! Maybe share my blog with her and she may consider it!!
She wants to see the Ocean, we have not been fortunate enough to visit the Ocean yet but we will. Just a matter of time ?
I understand and you should always make your wife happy! Best to you both in 2017! Thank you again for supporting my blog!