I, your regular blog writer, have not seen a moose since the early 1990’s. The kids were elementary school students. We were headed home from Marquette one fine spring day when–
OHMYGOODNESS!!! What is that strange creature crossing the road in front of us? It looks like a horse! But it’s not a horse. It’s a…it’s a (this is when the mind starts to register what this loping horse-like creature might be)…what the heck IS IT? It’s a MOOSE!
Let me now introduce my friend, Jennifer Lynn. She was fortunate enough to spot a moose a few weeks ago near West Ishpeming here in the Upper Peninsula. My husband just said that one can count oneself as a “true” Yooper when one has spotted a wolf, cougar or moose. Apparently Jen and her girls are “true Yoopers”. (Except he just noted that the definition of True Yooper is when one has glimpsed all three. Bears don’t count.)
Here is Jennifer’s story, also known as a guest blog:
I moved to the U.P. in 1985, more than half my life ago, and this was my first encounter with a moose. My daughters and I were driving into Ishpeming when we saw many cars stopped on the side of the road. We were just west of West Ishpeming. People were out of their cars with cameras and cell phones pointed into a swamp. We drove by slowly, curious what this was all about. Then one of the girls spotted it. As soon as she said ‘moose’ I swung into the nearest spot to play tourist in my own backyard. Having my camera in tow was an extra bonus.
We all got out of the car. I told the girls to keep the car between them and the moose having heard stories of their possible unpredictable and aggressive outbursts. I, on the other hand, walked along the shoulder of the road fully exposed figuring there were at least a half-dozen other gawkers closer if it happened to charge. No such drama. It was just a lazy graze day for our friend and a few moments of awe for us.
As a kid I vividly remember annual trips to the Detroit Zoo. We drove an expressway lined with concrete walls to see majestic creatures enclosed behind barriers for our educational viewing. I did learn and was fully entertained. However, to experience a creature in its own is inspiring and humbling. Twenty-five years seemed like a long time to be patient before a first sighting but there is no timing more perfect than a spontaneous encounter.
Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing with us!
May we all see a moose in the wild some day…
OMG OMG it’s a MOOSE!!!!
I loooooooooooooooooove moose-es, meese….
a friend had a special white one once
How brilliant! I also hope I’ll see a moose in real life one day! 🙂 Cool pics, well done, Kathy!
Thank you Jennifer for guest blogging — WOW — a MOOSE!
Please tell me that you celebrated by going home an enjoying a ginormous bowl of Moose Tracks ice cream! (lie if you have to; that’s ok).
I can not tell a lie. But I shoulda, woulda, coulda had the thought occured… I was too giddy from the sighting to think straight.
Reminds me of Rocky and Bullwinkle….”+”
I’ve had a single moose encounter in my life. I was hiking through Maine on the Appalachian trail when I was 19. There was a moose in the bushes just standing still. Actually, I could have been hitching a ride on the way to Mt Katadin because I think I saw the moose from a car, not from any hiking trail. Anyway, it proved to be a very rare encounter!
I lived on Vashon Island very close to Seattle WA during the next year and I saw bald eagles all the time. From Vashon, bald eagle sightings are common. After that I moved away, and I’ve almost never seen them since.
I thought you had moose all over the UP? We’ve had sightings (not by me) of moose as far south as Oswego country which is a few miles north of me. I have seen a moose when I was camping in Ontario, Canada. Does that count?
Moose speak of true wilderness as does the wolf. I hope I see them in the wild someday.
Kathy, your response to your moose was just like mine: that sure is a funny looking horse! I saw mine outside Yellowstone. I haven’t seen my Maine Moose yet, though my kids have. Moose regularly stroll through town at certain times of year.
How lucky to spot a moose in the U.P.!
I’ve seen a few in my life; one at Isle Royale National Park when I was 12 years old, and 4 others in Canada. We even used a boat to follow a moose that was swimming from island to island in Lake of the Woods, but I think it would be so exciting and fun to see one in the backyard.
I did get to see a wolf on each of the last three trips to the U.P., all spotted in Iron county.
I’m so happy that the wildlife is returning home!! 🙂
So fun to read and see the guest blog by Jen about the moose sighting! Thanks to you both for sharing 🙂
I saw a moose once, similar location, similar situation, when I was living in the UP, a few years after they were airlifted in. It was a wonderful experience! Thanks Jen for bringing back good memories!
Jennifer, that’s a great story and I love the moose pictures. I’ve seen them at Isle Royale but never along the highway like that. (Nice fence painting, Kathy! :))
Jennifer thank you for the great moose story and photos too. I come for moose country but there are none on Mayne Island where I live now… only deer – lots of them! We used to call moose a “swamp donkey” because they like to browse in the reeds putting their whole funny looking head under the water. Everyone needs a good moose story Jennifer and you have a winner:)
haha, well i get a kick out of this. i live in alaska with my husband who is a Yooper. he just told me he has seen a cougar and a wolf in the UP but never a moose. of course we see them all the time here…they are like garden ornaments around here in anchorage, you hardly notice them!
Hey Miss Jennifer – thanx for sharing your photos and the story today! Fun! I’ve only seen one (outside of Yellowstone) – near Tioga Creek Park. It was fantastic and I’ve never forgotten how she just stood on the highway in front of me wondering what I was doing in her neck of the woods?!?!
How lucky! Although I have to agree that 25 years seems like a long time to be waiting for such an encounter, I’m guessing it was worth it.
You are so lucky to have seen this wonderful animal!
What a treat! Thank you, Kathy and Jennifer!!
Never have see a moose loose
but have seen a mouse in the house!!!!!!!
Nice! I have had some brief encounters with moose before; one I shall never forget. Thank you for sharing these!
I’ve seen a moose and have also seen the damage done when they collide with vehicles. I am so leery about driving at dusk or dawn in moose country. Take care.
Thanks to everyone for commenting! Jennifer surely had a great story to tell! Lots of people were interested in this moose blog.
I’ve kind of fallen by the wayside with keeping up with blogs. Know I need to get back into reading them again… Yours is the first I’ve visited on the “Catching up” trip. Still loving your stories and pics
Trudie, I fall asleep keeping up with other people’s blogs sometimes too…it’s like perhaps sometimes we need to do other things or maybe or mind is elsewhere. Come by any time your spirit wants to~~and I shall have to meander over to your blog now, too!