In my lifetime and in others, there were many great times in history. If I could choose where and when I could travel, I would definitely be fur trapping in the Mountains in the late 1800s. I love this time of the so-called mountain men and the men who lived off the land hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering. It would have been a hard lifestyle but I think I could do it. I love the wilderness and everything in it. I would love to be able to hunt, fish and trap every day. I also would love the freedom that comes with it. Just your horse, your dog and yourself.
My mom always says I was born at the wrong time. What she meant was, I always loved doing things that seemed old like hunting, fishing and spending most of my time outdoors. I would kind of agree with her on that. I love doing things that I guess seem old and I’m kind of a traditionalist. I like things to stay the same. One thing I wish lived on forever was the tradition of the mountain men. Their lifestyle was one of the best.
The freedom that the mountain men had was awesome. They didn’t have someone telling them what to do and how to do it. Sometimes in the trapping season, they didn’t see people for 11 months of the year. The isolation they got from doing this job is something I find appealing. They set up a little campsite while they were trapping in the mountains and they mostly had to live off the land for the 11 months of isolation because there were no stores or shops in the mountains.
The isolation they had was caused by the landscape. Every way they looked, there were trees, mountains, lakes, and large rivers. Where they worked and lived, was the definition of the wild. The animals roamed free through their forested home. The lakes and rivers ran far and deep and were chalked full of fish. Everything around them was purely untouched.
I love their lifestyle and the old things they did. The wilderness around caused isolation. I would’ve loved to be a mountain man and I would love to time travel there.