Not every ending can be a happy one. After seeing 6 elk in my first 24 hours(including two just out cruising around the night before the season started), I didn't see a SINGLE one the next 132+ hours.
If golf is 'a fine walk spoiled', than this last hunting trip was 'a fine camping trip spoiled'. Weather was perfect, for a fall camping trip. Overnight lows in the mid 30's, daytime highs in low 70's...just not good elk hunting weather. Conditions were very, very dry and dusty, to the point that there was an outdoor burn ban in effect. No camp fire meant a lot of early nights in the bunk.
It was fun, but it would have been more fun to have something to show for it.
Off to the shower!