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    • we've had 2 close encounters with moose in NH.
      First was as we were breaking camp at a stealth site, a male walked down the trail munching trees and bushes early in the morning. He was about 15 to 20 feet away and didn't pay any attention to us. Needless to say we made sure we had our dog under control.

      The second encounter was at Madison Spring Hut. The year we hiked the Presidentials there was a female that spent a lot of time around the hut. We had stopped there to take a break and watched the moose eating from some trees near the hut.

      I consider it something special that we've had 2 close encounters that ended happily both for us and the moose.
    • My friend Jennifer has spent her life dying to see a moose. She has gone to all the recommended hotspots and seen nothing. One year our families rented some cabins together in Randolph, NH. She booked a 'Moose Tour' with the company out of Gorham, NH. They claim a 95% success rate. She asked me if I wanted to come and I said, 'No Thanks! I've seen plenty of moose."

      Late that night she arrived back from her expensive tour. She was skunked again. And how was my evening? While my wife and I were sitting on the porch enjoying 'Wine Hour,' a moose came clomping down the road right in front of us. Jennifer was not pleased. :)
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • ive seen moose in VT, Glacier NP and Yellowstone (while driving) and day hiking in UT (from pretty far away. But the best place was Isle Royale NP. There the moose hung out around the lodge since they knew the wolves would bot come there. And when canoing across Tobin Harbor, one just swims past us like we werr standing still.
    • 1998 - 2000 were three pretty good years for wildlife sightings.

      In 1998, Sox and I were both out in California for a wedding and took our families to Yosemite for a few days. On our way down from watching the sunrise on Sentinel Dome, we saw a large black bear on the side of the Glacier Point Road and got a picture as it ran off.

      In 1999, I climbed Katahdin via the Helon Taylor Trail and the Knife Edge, then descended to Chimney Pond. A cow moose was grazing 10-15 yards into the pond from where my group was taking a break. She kept feeding and paid us no mind.

      In 2000, I went to Colorado for an elk hunting trip. We were camped at 11,000' in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and went out to a rocky outcrop the first morning to see what we could see. As dawn broke, I started counting elk down in the White River Valley. After I got to 100, I stopped counting. Then a herd of mule deer came out of the dark timber. The silence was broken by the eerie sound of a bull elk's bugle echoing through the valley. It took a little time, but I eventually found the source just on the edge of the dark timber across the river. He was the granddaddy elk with a huge set of antlers. I was glassing him with 10x50 binoculars and watched him tilt his head back to scratch his butt with his antler tips. I still feel blessed to have witnessed him before other hunters set up camp in the valley. From the looks of it, he knew to disappear deep into the dark timber once humans arrived.

      On my first section hike in 2003, I came up on a mama bear with two cubs just before the Mohican Outdoor Center. And the next morning, a rattlesnake slithered by as I was departing the MOC. That was back in the day of Kodak disposable cameras...



      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Fontana Dam to Clingmans Dome, and Max Patch NC to Gorham NH

      "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations...those are pretty good days." Ray Wylie Hubbard
    • LIhikers wrote:

      we've had 2 close encounters with moose in NH.
      First was as we were breaking camp at a stealth site, a male walked down the trail munching trees and bushes early in the morning. He was about 15 to 20 feet away and didn't pay any attention to us. Needless to say we made sure we had our dog under control.

      The second encounter was at Madison Spring Hut. The year we hiked the Presidentials there was a female that spent a lot of time around the hut. We had stopped there to take a break and watched the moose eating from some trees near the hut.

      I consider it something special that we've had 2 close encounters that ended happily both for us and the moose.
      The moose at Madison was a cow. I remember it.
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      its all good
    • Actually, our local city museum has a Natural History exhibit about natural history exhibits, which I find very interesting. They have recreated natural history exhibits from the museum's 170 year history.
      The first room shows what Victorian era natural history museums looked like. It was more like a library (or the dead zoo as it was sometimes called). It reflected the view of the time that humans were apart from nature and we were cataloging and ranking it (with humans at the top, of course).


      Then they have some examples of the 20th century reinvention of the natural history museum, displaying animals in a more natural looking dioramas. These are the type that are still on display at the NYNHM.

      Finally they have the 21st version, still dioramas, but now greatly enlarged and showing not just individual species, but whole ecosystems, including the way humans interact with the environment.