One sign of an experienced survivalist is that they have multiple plans and methods for each and every one of their survival needs. One simple example of this is survival instructors who collect fire starting methods like some people collect baseball cards.
Life in the woods, or bush as we call it out here, is more often than not, great!
Private, beautiful scenery, clean air, and if you hear any sounds of other people it’s chainsaws or trucks driving by. If we’re really lucky, we’ll hear the occasional owl or maybe coyotes. We were fortunate enough to hear both those last week, mere hours apart.
This spring we were spared a much-dreaded flood, and it didn’t really rain much until yesterday. We live across from a beaver pond and I’m happy to see a beaver back in in it. (I was a tad concerned the beaver lodge was empty last fall when we moved here)
But there is a price to pay for watching the beaver or being able to take stunning sunrise shots with my camera.
With a beaver pond comes mosquitoes.
Hoards of them! There is a reason we northerners call them our regional bird!
They may not be very big this spring but they make up for it with sheer numbers!
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I tried to stop and take pictures this morning and got swarmed!
It was lovely…the sun slicing through the tall pine and spruce trees…sound of birdsong…Before I could even get the zoom focused, my hands were covered and the bugs were flying up my nose!
Usually, mosquito numbers peak like this for a couple of weeks and then drop off. We get a few days reprieve and then the black flies pick up.
I keep trying to remember the perks of living out here…
It’s great as long as the bugs don’t carry you off!
Sometimes we forget that with the spring sunshine and birds, come the wild animals.
Like the moose.
They come out looking for food, warmth and salt. The warmth and salt they find on the roads, dangerous though it may be.
Have you ever seen a wild moose? Ever seen one up close?
They are much bigger than we think, being mostly leg, and frequently moose vs vehicle encounters have catastrophic results for both vehicles and moose.
Fortunately this one lived to wander another day.
This photo was taken by Tanner Davieaux on the Searchmont Highway (#556) near the Ranger Lake road cut-off while he was staying at a delightful local B&B, Austin’s Wilderness B&B
Our thanks to Tanner and Austin’s for the photo!
We’d love to hear about your encounters with all things wild. Tell us all about it in the comments below!