Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Nice interpretive trail, good place to bring people who've never been to Alaska before. Trail is reasonably accessible, though certainly not "wheelchair accessible" beyond the cabin, where they do the presentations and educational programs. The property is "open" year round for walking. Not unlikely to see moose, and an occasional bear on the trails, so prudence is called for.
Yesterday, I had a bull moose "charge" within 20 yards of me. I walk slowly on trails, so I see more. I also "stutter" steps so it's not obvious to an animal who hears me that I am walking on two feet. Two feet walking, "crunch, slurp in the mud, crunch, crunch, bump a root" is obviously a person and animals seeking to avoid them are going to run away. This was one of those occasions when the moose thought I was another moose.
He grunted, "mwaah" about a hundred yards away. I took another step or two and stopped. He grunted again, and ran in to my left, all I "saw" was trees and brush falling over in front of him, and swinging wildly. I stood stalk still, and when he stopped he "glucked", and I am not even going to attempt to spell it... suffice to say it sounds like he's going to cough up and huge hairball, and sneezed as he tried.
Took of my pale colored "Tilley Hat", as it's pale like an antler and it would likely be enough if he saw that "moving around" to trigger a charge. Bull moose are "vision motivated" during the rut.
He stood around for about ten minutes and walked away. Amazing. Wish it had been more open so I could have had some pictures. As excited as he was, I wasn't about to grunt back at him, send him into a rage probably. And me without any good cover or trees to climb... and visibility rotten so it might be too late for him to realize that's not really a moose. Not good.
Muddy, as it has rained cats and dogs here all sumer. Coldest, wettest, summer here in many years. Unusual for Homer.
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