July Fourth in the Last Frontier

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The day started out as planned (sort of). We went to a friend’s house for a get together. Nothing big, just some burgers on the grill, baked salmon, various sides, some Top Gear, and plenty of conversation. Matt and I left about the time that the board games were coming out. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed my the noise level at that point and Matt doesn’t care for board games much.

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fter getting home, we both decided that we wanted to do something outside. Neither of us had anything specific in mind. We eventually decided to go to Creamer’s Field and walk their nature trails. This is something that we have done several times in the past, but haven’t done since we discovered Chena Lakes.

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After arriving at the Farmhouse (visitor center) we started through the field on the cut path. Soon after entering the woods we remembered why we hadn’t walked there in several weeks. Creamer’s Field is a marsh area, which means swarms of mosquitoes. Our walk ended up being more of a speed walking pace in an effort to avoid the blood suckers. Half way through our chosen trail there was a platform where we sought refuge for a few minutes. We looked out over the field areas around, hoping to see some wildlife. After seeing nothing but the few mosquitoes that followed us up we continued on our way.

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Near the end of the raised walkway in the woods (near the 6 on the trail map linked above) we got quite the surprise. As we rounded a turn we came upon a moose and her calf having a snack on some of the trees by the trail. We always keep an eye out for wildlife, both for safety and photo opportunities. Neither of us saw either of them until we were literally right beside the baby. This scared the crap  out of  me. Luckily we were a comfortable distance from baby for mom not to get upset. We moved a safer distance away, snapped a few photos, and then continued on our way. This was the most exciting and nerve-wracking part of my day and I must say, that is the closest i ever hope to get to a moose of any size. IMG_9535

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