Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Unexpected

Gene and I are back from our camping trip and I wanted to share the most amazing thing that happened when we were in Monterey, California. We were driving around the back streets of the town. Gene always loves to see what is going on in the neighborhoods. We were in the middle of an area with cute older homes when we turned a corner and spied the local grammar school. Just as we started to move onto the street this deer ran across the road in front of us. He had come right up a street. Of course I didn't have my camera handy (do we ever). We looked at him with mouths hanging open and he just looked right back. Eventually we turned onto the street he had come up. We drove about 2 blocks and I made Gene go around the block to see if we could spot him again. Sure enough he was still there gazing down the street. Right as I started to open my door to find the camera a doe and 2 fawns came up the same street and jumped onto the lawn with him.....Of course still no camera...but then I remembered my phone. His family started off across the school lawn, but he stopped and looked at me like he was thinking, "will you take the shot already!" and finally I did and here he is. After he ran off we drove around trying to find a green area where they could live. Several blocks away there was a military base with a stand of trees that bordered it. It was so amazing to see them in this setting. Of course we never spotted one deer while we were camping!

I hope some amazing things have happened in your life this week......Jo Ann

9 comments:

  1. That is so neat! I love deer. We have a family of them eating from our apple trees in the back yard and they come around so often now that I think they think they own the place!

    What a sweet post! Sounds like a great end to a camping trip :)

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  2. Very cool picture. I have seen deer prints and other "evidence" of them in my yard here at the new house, but no live sightings. Glad you had a great vacation.

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  3. This morning on our doggy walk we came upon a doe and 3 fawns...had to keep Enzo occupied because those mama's can be quite protective!

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  4. JoAnn- We've been to Monteray quite a few times and there are always deer at the cemetary near the lighthouse - right off the ocean. It's a very pretty place, you might want to look it up next time up there. Debi

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  5. It sounds like a lot of you have way more wildlife in your towns that we do in San Diego...bunnies running through the neighborhood is about all we see....:))) Thanks for the tip Debi...I will have to look for the lighthouse when we go next time.

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  6. Jo Ann, next time you are in Monterey and you need a place to stay, check out our little Cottage we have for rent. I have it listed on Craigslist, not VRBO yet, we want to start out slow. On Monterey Bay Craigslist, search for The Jensen Cottage. It's very cute and comfy, if I must say so myself! I have it set up for small quilting retreats also. You could come teach also! Wouldn't that be fun!

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  7. I live in the largest city in NH on the west side of the Merrimack River (which runs thru the city). I had heard that moose occasionally come down from Mt. Uncanoonuc to visit, but was totally surprised as I came to a major cross street early one morning and looking to the right to check for traffic, saw a large moose in the middle of the street about 3 blocks away. My curiosity got the best of me and I started toward him very slowly. When I was about a block away I realized his body was higher than the top of my car! I sat for a bit looking at him, he looked at me and then I slowly took the next right and let him have the street to himself. I heard later that he went to the main street of the city (window shopping?) and the police gently escorted him back to his mountain. I have since had another moose sighting in the city while sitting on my porch.

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  8. Hi JoAnn- I would love it if you would include me in your drawing. I love surprises. Thank you- Debi

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  9. Suz...I love the moose story...thanks for sharing it!

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