I love seeing elk. This time there were two big bulls sleeping no more than 30 feet off the trail when I came by. The larger of the two didn’t stay around for long but this guy didn’t seem to mind my presence at all. I finally went on my way and he stood there watching.
Do you find yourself taken by surprise, then freeze, then wonder if you can quietly sneak your camera into position, sweating the whole time, hoping he doesn’t move before you can accurately aim and click? So wonderful to find treasures like these along your hike.
When I was a girl, our family went to the Elks lodge every Friday night for dinner and dancing to a live orchestra. There was a Moose lodge in town, too. I asked Dad once why he joined the Elks rather than the Moose. He never cracked a smile when he said, “Elk are the handsome ones.” This one certainly is!
This time I didn’t. He was asleep when I came by and only ran a short distance when I woke him. He sure checked me out though and decided that I wasn’t going to be a threat. His larger friend though didn’t stay around at all.
When I was taking our food bag down from its rope, one of the girls sadly commented that no bears had tried to take it – that was something she wanted to see! I wouldn’t mind seeing it either, but… on youtube. Not in person with my food!
Bears are nearly always fun to watch. They even have their own kind of humor. I’ve never seen one trying to steal food, but one did come into camp one night when we were on a fishing trip and tried to break into an ice chest that had trout in it. He didn’t get the fish but succeeded in opening the trunk of a car and stole a couple of loaves of bread.