Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Time of Healing

Bert and I took off last week.  It was only for an over-nighter but camping is always a good way to heal the soul.     We just needed some time to think and feel, to say good by and to be with our good friend Nature. 
The first thing we saw when we got to our camping site was a huge Bull Moose that we named Rock.  The moose are in the process of  rubbing off the velvet and it can look a little (well, a lot) bloody but as you will see, the process can be quite entertaining.
Rock hung around for about half an hour then off he went into the woods.  Bert and I took a hike down to the lake where we saw two more bulls. 
Sweet Burt sat so well.  He waited about 10 feet from me while I took the following video.  Yes, I am nuts
WE headed back to camp where we played "Throw something, anything Vickie".   Bert would have played all night if I had been able to keep throwing, but my arm was wearing out after about half an hour.
After that we just watched the stars for hours.  They were incredible as they filled the sky with their never ending show.  We fell asleep under a blanket of stars.
Early the next morning we went hiking in a different area and were treated with yet another show of a young moose who spun and danced for us for an hour.  There was another bigger bull just off to the left but this was the funnest video.  

Fall is starting to appear and we were surrounded with beauty.
Our hearts were fed well on this short trip and although we miss the ones who pass before us terribly, we know that life still holds much joy for us.
When it was finally time to come home, we left with hope and joy.  
And a little bit of melancholy. 


The Furries of Whisppy said...

So glad your trip went well and you are now home.
We do have to ask, what is that dangly thing under the moose neck?

Two French Bulldogs said...

what a gorgeous place. Stars, nutty looking animals and everything
Benny & Lily

Charlotte said...

Oh my beautiful Bert - you're real sweet! Love and Kisses Charlotte

Ina in Alaska said...

Glad you were rested & refreshed by Mother Nature. And moose.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Another Golden FUN adventure. Lovely views you encountered. Yes your Vickie is nuts but a cool video. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Please tell your Vikie we just read her email. Have FUN this week. Golden Woofs

chicamom85 said...

I am so happy to see you Bert and Miss Vickie. I hope you are feeling better. The moose videos are pretty amazing. Mommy has never been that close to a moose so she especially loved it. We never realized how kind of gross it looks when they are cleaning off their moosey horns. I thought at first that he was hurt. There is nothing like a good game of throw something.

Mommy hopes you like this:
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir

Loveys Sasha

georgia little pea said...

Oh Vickie. Some solitude and a good night sky can certainly do a soul good. I hope you feel much much happier soon. Give the boy a hug for me X

Molly The Wally said...

Lovely pictures and stunning scenery. Hope you had a good rest and time to heal. Have a great Sunday.
Best wishes Molly said...

So glad to hear from you both. Your trip sounds lovely and very rejuvenating.

Hope you're both well.

Waggles, Dougall.

Declan said...

It looks a wonderful place... glad you are feeling a little restored after your trip. Deccy x

Mango said...

Those mooses sure have all the moves. I am wondering what makes them rub like that. Maybe it is itchy.


Finn said...

Just beautiful!! I am glad you enjoyed it!

GOOSE said...

The videos are great.
MOM and are glad you got away for a little bit. And your little walks look GREAT!!! I hear we might go on Wednesday. That would be way cool drool.

garthriley said...

Mom says that getting out into nature is good for the soul. Sometimes she takes me on a nice, long hike, just the two of us. People tell her she shouldn't hike alone with no other humans, but sometimes she really NEEDS to get out into the woods with just me, and feel that peace.

I'm glad you and your Vicky were able to do this. And seeing the moose must have been magical, but weren't you scared? Has your mom ever read the book Merle's Door? In it, the dog Merle had some scary encounters with moose.

your pal,

Sam said...

Sometimes you need a little time for yourself. I would have loved to see the moose!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD That VIDEO to the FIGHTING MOOSE is fangtastic.. I could even hear the clack of the antlers!!!
Your Vickie is VERY brave to get THAT close.
Ooooooooh I LOVED the Falling Waters picture too.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear about this wonderful trip. But I confess, I would my pants if I were so close to this mooses...(I'm a coward but I stand by it :o)))))

Laurie in Iowa said...

What a gorgeous place to spend a couple of days.

katie, Maizey, Maizey and Calvin said...

Oh how I relate! We live in the most beautiful place and getting into the mountains is the best healing ever. We took a day trip up and even just the two hours I spent watching the quakies dance and listening to them whisper restored my soul. Hmm. . . I feel another trip coming on as soon as Magnus is strong. This is a beautiful post and I hope you feel better. I'm so sorry for your losses. Hugs to you and Bert!

The Army of Four said...

JUST GORGEOUS! Spending alone time like that is so important!!!

Mitch and Molly said...

We loved the moose videos. They really are entertaining. Your pictures are beautiful as always.

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

NanaNor's said...

Hi Bert and Miss Vickie, I'm glad you took some time away; nature has a way of healing. Your heart will be sad for a while but hopefully the good memories will help heal the pain. We love Moose-I never understood until I saw a Mom & her calf up close-they are so cute. Glad they were the only wildlife you ran in to. Have a peaceful day.
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

What a wonderful trip! It is so important to remember the love and joy that still surround us when we are missing those who have gone.

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Ah yes, Bert, my Humans are always sad when we have to return from our hikes and outings.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Bert and your Vickie, we are glad you got to relax and enjoy your beautiful country. The moose were amazing. We wondered too, if it felt itchy when the velvet comes off. Thanks for sharing. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Mason the Dog's Mom said...

Very nice Bert. Looks schweet!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a beautiful trip that I'm glad helped you to recharge your inner batteries!! Take care of yourself!!

KB said...

It sounds like that trip was really good for both of you. The moose are amazing (and you are nuts). They've really taken off in your area. They're just starting to grow in population near us.

Hope and joy are good... the melancholy is understandable.

Jazzi said...

what a nice trip you had. It looks very pretty and sounds like tons of fun.

jazzi and addi

stellaroselong said...

Your pictures were were very brave to get that close to that moose...we are sorry for your loss...sending you a hug and a prayer.
stella rose

Anonymous said...

Glad you both are feeling better :) Such sites you were treated to on your camping retreat! Thank you for sharing them :)

Waggin at ya,

Curt Rogers said...

I am so grateful that you had the opportunity to get away and reflect. It sounds like Nature Therapy served you well.

You and Bert, and Murphy's family, have been in my thoughts and heart.

The Cat From Hell said...

Dear Bert and Vickie,
Yous sure looks like yous had fun! Me would loves to gets away and goes camping but alas, between mommy's work, the farm market and Daddy being sick, wes not had the chance!
We hopes yous is feeling a little better. And a little lighter in your hearts!