23 August, 2009

Bears..Bears...Everywhere Bears

WOW! I have never had a summer with so many bear sightings as this one.

I was walking again this morning...have taken to wearing a whistle when I walk. Don't know why...guess it just makes me feel a little safer. I like to do a 2-1/2 mile power walk that takes me by a few houses and a golf course, but there is a stretch of road, the road I live on where there are no houses, just woods.

About a month ago I came really close to a large black bear that walked out of the woods onto the road about 100 yards in front of me. I was truly taken aback by it. I don't think the bear ever saw me as I stood perfectly still for a very long time. It finally crossed the street and wandered back into the woods. I waited about five more minutes before continuing my walk. I could see the bear in the woods so as I walked (very quickly, I might add) I just kept looking back over my shoulder. Thus....the decision to carry a whistle.

Well today as I was walking...I saw a bear cross the road onto our property. I was further away from this one, but when I got to the point where I had seen him cross I blew the whistle, just in case he was still there...I wanted to let him know I was coming. LOL! Of course my husband (who was outside at the time) told me when I got home that he never heard me blow it. Hmmm...maybe I should rethink this whole whistle thing!

22 August, 2009


The other day my husband and I were driving to St. Paul, MN to have our car worked on at the dealership where we had bought the car. We left very early in the morning since it is about a 2-1/2 hour drive, and we wanted to get there before it got too busy.

As it was just starting to get light out, a car passed us going the opposite way and blinked its lights. We assumed there was a policeman waiting up ahead. But to our surprise it was a doe and her fawn standing on the side of the road and the fawn was nursing. We have soooo many deer here, and are blessed to see them most days in the wild, but I don't recall ever seeing a fawn nursing.

It just made me smile and feel good inside. It was a ...PRECIOUS MOMENT!