Friday, January 2, 2009

::reason number 846 why I love my commute::

I just saw TWO WOLVES. Oh yes I did.

Despite having spent the majority of my life in Idaho, I have never seen wolves in the wild.

My commute takes me from my home to Spokane (E. Washington state) down through the Palouse-country of N. Idaho to the Coeur d' Alene Indian reservation where I work. This morning I was on the lookout for elk and moose; when the snow is so heavy in the mountains they can often be seen at lower elevations looking for food. At one spot where I have seen elk herds walking along a ridge, something caught my eye and lo and behold, there were two big wolves bounding through the deep snow. They were MUCH bigger than coyotes, and had that distinctive tail. I came to a complete stop in the middle of the road and watched them run from one stand of trees to another. They were so beautiful it gave me chills. Eventually they disappeared into the trees and I started driving again...and as I'm driving along with my mouth literally hanging open, I come upon two moose about 20 yards off to the other side of the road, a mother and a yearling. Then around the next corner there were about 16 wild turkeys in the road.

Whenever people ask me how I can stand the 40-mile-each-way commute to work, I just laugh. I'll take this over 10 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic ANY DAY.

14 comments:

JACKI said...

that is SO COOL! You should keep a camera in your car at all times. Several years ago, mom and I saw 2 wolves pouncing around in the field below her house. We couldnt believe it! It was so cool!

Dee said...

Hooray for your wonderful, exciting drive to and from work. Another huge benefit ! What a thrill that was !

jpogue said...

It does just give you chills to see such wonderful animals. I know there are a lot of people (Elmer) who don't like them because they kill deer and elk but hey, they have to survive too. if nothing else, you should buy a cheap digital to just leave in your car!

kate said...

I had my camera in the car, but I couldn't take my eyes off them to even look for it. And anyway, they were moving too quickly. I'm definately going to be on the lookout, though in case I see them again.

bear picnic said...

Congratulatons!! Wolf sighting are like gifts that reconnect you to the natural world! My hubby and I travel north every year to watch them in Yellowstone, no chance sightings down in the southwest.

Dee said...

The only wolves we saw in Yellowstone were behind a fence !
NOT the same, at all.

Linda, aka "Lala" said...

That is soooo cool. Now I'm the only one of us 4 kids that hasn't seen a wolf in the wild.

Anonymous said...

They make beautiful coats and awsome hats
Can you give me some directions to the place you saw them
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kate said...

ELMER!!!! You jerk. Don't make me sick my pet skunk you you.

xoxoxo

Fancy Schmancy said...

OMG, where was your Camera????? I would have been stupid stopping traffic trying to take a picture of that. That is a dream of mine, and I'm so envious of you right now. Although I probably would have done the exact same thing and just enjoyed it first, from the safety of my car. I might be a little bit of a wuss.

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