Friday, May 29, 2009

A Sunday Drive

Hello again! Another installment of S&T with Mary today - go over to her place for other great stuff! Our little family jumped into the car on whim the other night and drove through the nearby provincial park. Because it is spring time, we were pretty sure we would get a look at some of God's larger creatures and we were not disappointed! Three seperate road side sightings:

The moose and deer population generally come to the road sides of the highway this time of year because the spring run off has the accumulation of 8 months of winter road salt in it. It can be dangerous driving through the back woods unless you are prepared to make sudden stops around any corner!

Even the young moose can take out the front end of your car if a collision occurs.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the moose, they are enormous animals when mature and although they don't have any serious teeth to show off, they are dangerous to be around. And it just so happens that I do have an interesting anecdote.

My father and his cousin used to own a piece of hunting property in the 'boonies' and on one occasion as they were heading up to that hunt camp they were driving a large cargo van with a trailer attached - quite a heavy load. They saw a moose on the road ahead of them and slowed down to wait for the moose to cross over into the trees. However, they did not come to a complete stop - just moving very slowly toward the moose to encourage it to move along.

The moose took exception to their approach and rather than get off the road, it (a large bull moose with full rack of antlers) turn toward the van and lowered it's head. This is sure sign that it will charge and trample anything in it's path! My father, who was the driver, quickly hit reverse and made the fastest retreat possible with a trailer attached! Even though the moose would have lost the battle, it would have done serious damage in the process.

That's my show and tell! Join in the fun at Mary's site!


Mary@Raising 4 God Men said...

Wanted to let you know I did put up a S&T and linked you. I will come back asap to comment later. ((HUGS))

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Jenn4him said...

Wow! I never thought of them wanting the salt on the roads. That's interesting.

Tina at Morningstar Academy said...

Cool! We had similar experiences with Elk growing up. They do not back down!

Pam said...

I didn't realize moose would charge at cars. I bet that was a quick retreat!

Mrs. Parunak said...

That's quite a moose story. And your pictures are great!

Jenelle said...

I enjoyed reading your moose story. It's been a long time since I've seen one. I've heard they can really go after ya if they feel threatened.
Have a great weekend!

Laurie (LakeLady) said...

I know I would have a serious laundry problem if that had happened to me! I've never seen a moose....well, alive - that is. (There was the enormous moose head at the moose lodge where my cousin had her wedding reception). Of course, here in Florida, we do a lot of 'deer dodging' in our cars. Especially in the springtime. Enjoyed your post!

Anonymous said...

Wow what great pictures, and I love the story about your dad and the moose, too funny!