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It is wise to never limit any one of your senses when hiking in Alaska.
This comic reminds me of a time I went for a walk with my dog after a miserable day at work. I was not far from town, but my mind was focused on the terrible day I had, and not on the trail.
My dog and I came around a corner, and spooked a large bull moose. It should never have happened, there was plenty of opportunity for me to spot the moose long before I did, but I wasn’t paying attention. The moose lowered his massive rack, and charged directly at me. I was within mere feet of that mighty bull, when my yellow lab charged the moose, barking up a storm. The bull turned his charge, and my dog sauntered over to a bush to lay down his scent. His job was done, disaster adverted, it was time for more important things.
The entire event lasted only seconds. The bull stood by the forest edge, giving me the stink-eye. My heart was pounding through my jacket, and my Labrador wanted to know why we were flushing moose and not grouse.
It was a lesson I never forgot. If you can’t keep your mind on the trail, stay home and burn your dinner instead.
Comic credit: Nuggets by Jamie Smith
We are starting 2017, by looking back on some personal history, that I have never completely understood.
Now that the dinner has been consumed, the fireworks lit, and the bourbon drank, I will confess to, very recently, watching the film Monsters, Inc for the first time.
In the end, I have no idea what to make of it, and ask, with all sincerity: “WTF?”
P.S. Congrats on the nice walleye.
I think this morning was the coldest so far this season here in Squarebanks. 10 degrees by my thermometer. At least it is still in the positive range, although probably not for long.
Comic by Liz Climo