As we pulled up to park, my husband looked up the trail we were about to hike on, and this who we saw.
We were under observation!
Quietly we returned her gaze, and just watched. We were about 300 yards from her.
I was so happy that I had my camera with its telephoto lens with me. I was able to zoom in and out and take these pictures easily, even though she quite a distance from us.
I was amazed at how still she was as she watched us for a good five minutes or more, as we had this staring contest. We stayed close to the truck in case she changed her mind about us. I began to video her at this point:
And as soon as I turned the video on, you can see the other moose come out of the brush. Apparently she wanted her moment of fame too, lol! We were very surprised to see the second moose, and at the distance we were from them, at first it was hard to tell whether it was a calf or another moose. We settled on the idea that they probably were both yearlings, as the first one was not a very big moose either.
After a while, the first moose we originally saw broke her gaze from us, and wandered into the bushes and then just continued watching us.
Finally, she gave us one last look as she turned to walk into the brush, as if to reassure herself that we were no threat, or perhaps to sternly remind us not to follow her! And of course, we were just so happy to keep our distance, and let them go on. Our hike for the day had suddenly been cancelled due to a moos-t lovely encounter, and we were very thankful to have saw her and the second moose who joined her while we stood by our truck, rather than out there on the trail! God's provision is always perfect!
I never tire of the glorious shades of blue and purple of the mountains.
We looked down below us, and all around to see if we could spot the moose as they moved on, but we never saw them again.
Soon the evening shadows were falling, and it was time to get back down the mountain before the darkness settled in.
What a blessing it is to have these encounters with the wildlife that abounds around us. And how thankful we were that we didn't meet them out on the trail! We were able to fully enjoy our 10 minutes with the moose as we watched each other. And you can guarantee that if we go to hike that trail again, we will be moos-t careful about who may be lurking in the bushes!