This post is for Judy at http://travels-with-emma.blogspot.ca/2013/07/i-wanted-to-see-moose.html because she drove a long way in the hopes of seeing a moose yesterday, but they remained hidden!
So, here are our travel experiences that include moose sightings!
Way back in 1994 we did a two week family camping trip (in a tent!) to Newfoundland. One of the things we were excited about was the probable opportunity to see a moose! There are supposedly 150,000 moose roaming the island of Newfoundland!
Ruth and our daughter Lindsey, camping in Newfoundland.
Prime countryside for moose sightings!
Unfortunately, all of the moose in Newfoundland let us down! We did not see one single moose, with the exception of the remains of a dead one.
Even though there are lots of moose in Ontario, they keep themselves well hidden. We actually saw one run across the road in front of us on a driving trip through Northern Ontario...but he was too quick to get a picture of.
And then it was in 2005 when we were driving through Algonquin Park in Ontario when we spotted this young fellow near the side of the road!
In the fall of 2007, we set out with the motorhome to travel west across Canada. Didn't see a single moose going through Ontario, and then through Manitoba, and entering Saskatchewan. Of course most people have a view of Saskatchewan that is similar to today's header picture...flat, and without trees. Not good moose habitat!
And of course you would think that, well, of course there must be moose in Saskatchewan. After all, the town near this flat treeless landscape is called..."Moose Jaw"! (Coincidentally, my father was born in Moose Jaw!)
The moose who welcomes you to Moose Jaw!
On October 31st of 2007, we had made our way to Cypress Hills Provincial Park on the Saskatchewan/Alberta border. We were going for a hike on one of their trails when Ruth stopped me suddenly and said "whoa...look at that!"...
A big moose cow, having a rest in the woods.
She sat there and stared at us for a while. She was huge. We had our dog Whiskey with us at the time and we didn't want her to be spooked. Either the dog or the moose! We took a wide berth around the big moose and she just watched us the whole time. Eventually, she stood up, but didn't seem interested in us at all.
We have twice seen moose in Nova Scotia, both times when we were on Cape Breton Island. The first time was in June of 2008 when we were hiking the Clyburn Valley Trail near Ingonish Beach. There were actually three young moose that we came across, all hanging out together. They were pretty nervous and didn't hang around long when they saw us.
Heading away from us.
The last time we spotted a moose was on a return visit to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. We were on the rarely used Branch Pond Lookoff Trail on June 15th, 2011 when we walked right past a mother moose looking after her very young calf who was lying on the ground. She was only about 20 feet away from us! And she was NOT happy that we were there. I took one quick photo and we slowly backed away from her...
This young mom had an odd blondish coloring!
We think moose are such funny looking creatures!
Once, we came across a huge bull moose...
Here's Ruth having a stare down with a huge bull moose! Oh, wait a minute...good thing he's stuffed. This was in a Cabela's store!
We hope you enjoyed today's post Judy!