Friday, March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015 Spring!?
Then, there are other days........that start out so peaceful..........and then, you get a rude awakening! This morning was one of those. It was mostly gray. No wind. The dogs and I headed out on a deer trail west of the house heading toward the big hill to the north of us. The snow is hard these days, in the early morning, so we can walk right on top. That means easy going for even older, stiff dogs, like Toby. We had just really gotten going up the old field when the wolves let loose with their howls right on the east side of the house. I'm not so sure they weren't over on the edge of the clearing there! Loud! That was one of those holy #*@% moments......I will tell you right now. I, as most of you know, have been plenty close to more than enough wolves......too many times to count, with and without dogs. But, I have never had them that close when they let loose with the howls when I didn't know they were around. It took about two seconds to decide the dogs were going back to the house as fast as I could get them there. That was way to many wolves for comfort when I didn't know which way they were going. I got them back and Toby in. Then, Betsy and I went back out......on the county road, to continue our walk as she hadn't done her business yet. I wanted to be able to see what was going on where. Anyway........Betsy and I continued, uninterrupted, the rest of our morning excursion. Needless to say, none of our "deer friends" came around for breakfast this morning. They know when to make themselves scarce.
I imagine that there will be a few more of those kind of mornings to be had before Spring really arrives in the valley. Quite a number of the deer have been dispersing lately to parts unknown where they spend most of their year. I was up the hill a couple of days ago when it was cold enough to walk wherever even later in the day. When I hit a spot in the full sun, I went to bottom...........but.....I never went more than knee deep. For mid-March, that isn't bad. Wolves, like many things......are opportunistic. Hard snow means easy going and an easier meal. So, I guess I will be on my guard for the next few weeks.
Spring is springing.........enjoy!