I do a lot of hiking, walking and praying on various trails in the Spokane area. This past Saturday morning, I encountered two moose about 5 miles apart. So I think it is time to document all my moose encounters. These cute “little” animals are almost twice the height of my car!
Here are my six moose encounters:
1. When Olive Tree was in my home, (about 5 years ago) those working in the basement saw a mommy and baby moose in the back yard. I tried to take a picture but it was too dark and my old camera was just not doing well.
2. When I was hiking a 7 mile loop around a mountain, a moose came between me and the trail back to the parking lot. I was 20 feet from the moose and he was as startled as I was, but he did not charge. I had to choose between walking back the other way (about 6 miles) or hoping the moose would vamoose. After 3 frantic phone calls (including a wrong number to the park ranger), the moose wandered up the hill — a big sigh of relief!
3. Once, upon returning from a hike at dusk, I heard noises in the brush near my car. I looked up and discovered I was 10 feet from a large moose. Fortunately there was a fence separating me from the moose, so I did not have to test my tree-climbing abilities.
4. While enjoying a hike with my grandchildren near the Little Spokane River, a moose was observed in the river. We were about 40 feet from that impressive animal.
5 and 6. This Saturday morning I saw two moose that had just crossed the road in front of my car. Both times I tried to quickly stop and grab my camera, but the moose kept moving. The picture above is the first moose I tried to photograph as he was quickly moving away.