On the Hunt for the Moose!
So I was in story telling mode the other day and it involved the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen. I love telling this story so much that I’ll now share with you. While the beach location was the one about Bora Bora/Tahiti but the mountain story involves a moose and a bear. There are a few animals I had always wanted to see in the wild. One of them was a moose, but that was only part of the inspiration for this trip. See we left one day in spring to drive down to the panhandle of Florida from Colorado. I know what you are thinking…ROAD TRIP, and yes it was. We made it down to the panhandle of Florida and after I finished with my business, we had about a three week window before I had to head back over to Afghanistan to fight the good fight. So we asked ourselves where shall we go? Well the answer was obvious… Alaska of course. We had seen and been to every other state in the United States and I had never seen a live moose. So I typed that sucker into the gps. 88 hours. What the… Nooooo, that’s not even possible, is it? Well, it appears that it was. So we said, screw it and let’s go. We stopped each day at various places along the way, entertaining ourselves with the trips to see family and friends, and even Elvis. We made it up to Yellowstone and the guides told me that there was a moose in the park. They told me the time and place that the moose could be found. Alright then, it was a date.
We did the drive all the way over to said spot, and waited patiently. Needless to say, the moose did not get the invite nor did he bring the wine. Moose jerk. So, when people tell me there are moose In Yellowstone… I have to call bs. Lol.
Now what they do seem to have a lot of are buffalo and I’ve had enough close encounters to last me. It was late at night as we drove up and around the mountain and as we were moving relatively slow we came around a switchback and standing in the middle of the road were two huge yellow eyes. We swerved a bit to miss the wall of fur and luckily made it around the tatonka.
Wow, that was close. I can only imagine how that could have ended. I think we would have been the hood ornament. (Oh and if you make it through Yellowstone, make sure to drop by the Old Faithful geyser and pick up a bag of buffalo jerky-to date the best jerky I’ve ever had. It’s pricy but worth it).
Yellowstone National Park
So we head out of Yellowstone and make it over to the Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in Bozeman, Montana. http://www.grizzlyencounter.com/ We’d watched enough of Brutus the bear on the Discovery channel to have the need to support what they are trying to do.
The bears were just amazing. There were three that weren’t in nap time and wow were they impressive. Other than their size, their interaction with their trainer was enough to scare the crap out of any normal individual. They are certainly doing something amazing at this place. The stories of how they not only save the Bears from people that should be tasered and left in a padded room, but how they continue to care for them is extraordinary.