This post was originally shared on my old website, MrsMamaHen – May 15, 2011
One of our favorite places to go on an afternoon is the Chatanika River. It is just a few miles out of town and very peaceful and pretty.
This was the first time we had gone to the Chatanika since “the big thaw.” There were still some massive sheets of ice up on the shoreline and evidence that there had been an ice jam and flooding. There were many trees that had been washed down river and deposited on the shoreline. I took the opportunity to harvest some birch bark from a large log. Many people use birch bark for projects up here, and some people aren’t so responsible about where they get the bark. You will see live trees with section of bark missing. This exposes the tree to pests and disease. I hate to see that. This is the only real way to get it, responsibly, in my book.
(Photo by Jennifer)
Nearby was something quite exciting. A deer hunter in the lower 48 would recognize this as a rub. But this rub was HUGE. A moose gives an antler rub whole new meaning. There were actually moose tracks in the mud below this, so it was pretty clear what it was. And man! Judging from the height…..I’m glad we didn’t have a run-in! ……or maybe I should be disappointed. He he he!
On the way home, we saw this street sign. Some of the street names up here absolutely crack me up.
This one was the latest.
Of course up here, that street sign is absolutely serious.