It’s almost fall up here in Alaska. Which means that the moose are moving around more, eager to snatch up the last of the green leaves/shoots/brush before the oh-so-cold and oh-so-dark winter slams down upon us.
There are a few moose that frequent our neighborhood. We see them when we walk the dog and run or even as we’re driving back and forth to the store. And while these moose aren’t what I’d call friendly they are habituated enough so that they allow us to have our space as long as we allow them to have theirs. This time of year the neighborhood moose love (love!) our yard. Because we have something that’s much coveted: ripe crab apples.
These two were hanging out on the bike path that runs behind our house, just lying around chewing their cuds and discussing whatever it is that moose discuss when they think no humans are around (who would the moose vote for, I wonder, Hilary or Trump?).
Before long, the smallest of them (a teenaged calf) wandered through a short patch of woods to our backyard.
And then over to our front yard and the prize: apples.
It’s odd to realize that most people don’t live like this, with these large and knobby-kneed animals lurching through their yards and crossing in front of them on the street (once, no lie, I saw a moose and calf crossing the street in a crosswalk, walking real solemn as if they knew they were exactly where they were supposed to be). In fact, my partner and I saw two moose on our run just yesterday. One was really near the trail so that we had to hug the brush as we walked past. This is commonplace for us. So how very odd to realize that millions of people live in cities, surrounded by concrete and tall buildings, and the only wild creatures they see are on TV. And though I might bitch and complain about Alaska–how it’s too cold, how the sun rarely shines, how it’s impossible to find a peach that tastes like a real peach, blah, blah, blah– on days like today, I truly feel blessed.
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I’m loving Maureen O’Leary’s blog lately. The posts are homey, wise and wonderful. I especially loved the ones on mansplaining and rejection. Give it a go when you have time, okay?