We started the day out right this morning when we were greeted by the largest mule deer I have ever seen! He was in our yard, about 20 feet away just staring at us as we let the dogs out. He was around a 10 point and had a huge body. I would have to say we did share a moment.
The next wonderful surprise was the herd of elk bedding down in someones front yard along side the road I was traveling to go into town. Talk about an amazing sight! There were at least 30 of them laying together in various spots throughout the yard. I pulled over and tried to snap some pics of them, but unfortunately only had my cell phone with me. On my way back to the cabin they were still there. Except this time they were on the move and had traffic backed up as they walked slowly down the road. There were even young calves attempting to feed in the middle of the road. It was quite the experience.
Mule deer seem to be frequent visitors of this area. It seemed like everywhere we turned there was one.
The next little neighbor we had the pleasure of meeting was a red fox. He also wandered through our yard until he saw me, then was on the move. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of him. You will just have to take my word for it that he was a cutie.
As fortunate as we were to see all of these beautiful animals in their natural habitat, we were very thankful that we didn't run into this one. As soon as we arrived at the cabin we had two warnings that a bear had been spotted in the neighborhood this week and to leave all trash indoors. Did I mention I am scared of bears?
My husband and I both agreed that we would love to see a bear... but from our car and no where close to where we were staying. Letting the dogs out to go the bathroom in the middle of the very dark night just gets that much more scary when you start adding bears into the mix. At least for me...
The last animal we saw in the woods was our own Kati. We affectionately always called her Pooh Bear or just Bear. But after the posting above we agreed that shouting the word "bear" may not be the best idea on this trip.