Friday, February 12, 2016
February 12. 2016 Winter has arrived!
Along with the snow fall ~ we get the wolves coming out of the woods to hunt where it is easier going. Tuesday afternoon, just before 5 o'clock, we saw one going by our driveway on the MVR. It didn't come up the driveway anyway, which was good. When I went down there later, he had been marking territory. Further down he left a good pile in the road. I started out on my early morning walk with Betsy this morning. Just past my driveway, he had peed on that same snowbank ~ high up again ~ and just past that, left another pile. So ~ I knew he was around. So did Betsy. Her nose works. I got a ways down the road ~ Betsy busy playing snowball without a care in the world ~ out of the woods comes the wolf. I watched it a minute and then turned around and headed for home. No sense looking for trouble. I kept watching over my shoulder tho. A minute later, it was back out on the MVR diddling around. It finally went into one of the neighbors' yard. There is a little cat that hangs out there and has managed to avoid all the predators and not starve for at least a couple of years now. They say a cat has 9 lives. Well ~ that one must. I emailed and Facebooked all my neighbors that the wolves were back. One had seen two of them on the road yesterday at 12:30. So, yes, it is the season! Be vigilant if you don't want your dog eaten time of year. But then, that is pretty much the case year around up here. I don't think there is a month of the year I haven't seen them.
Also, now that we have "winter" again ~ the Hovland ladies are going to get back in to our group that likes to go snowshoeing. We have our first outing on Thursday next week. We will definitely have plenty of snow to go tramp around in now. Then, we go have coffee in Hovland or at one of the homes and visit for a bit before getting on with our day. We have snowshoed to some pretty fun places in the past winters. This year, between the damage ice storms did to all the trails and woods in the area and also the fact the warm weather kept many water areas from freezing up properly, we have had a few less places we could go explore without working seriously at it. Crawling over and under iced down brush on snowshoes isn't fun. Neither is going through unsafe ice. SO....we are going on an expedition where we shouldn't have issues with either ~ even if it isn't quite as exciting. So ~ off to winter endeavors!