The Wild Wild North

We do some wild and crazy sh*t here in Alaska.. For starters, when I was young a close family friend of ours who owns a wildlife conversation center allowed my sister and I to help with the animals. We got to help with the animals that were part of the center, as well as animals that were kept behind the scenes. They lived behind the scenes, they had chickens that we would go pick fresh eggs from. They would keep some of the animals back there that weren’t quite ready to be out for all to see. I remember when they got in a caribou and she had a baby, they kept her separate behind the scenes for s while. But, we got to go and visit them. Once they brought in an orphaned moose calf, which was still drinking milk but sidnt have a mama, so they were required to bottle feed them. I was able to help bottle feed the calf with the staff. To this day that is one of my all-time favorite childhood memories. That place will always hold a special place in my heart, I can’t wait to take my kids there one day.

Here is a fun video! I have a security system and was lying in bed, my motion detector was going crazy at about 6 am on a Saturday and I woke up, a little freaked out I just laid there awake and waited. After it finally stopped I got up to go check it out. I looked at my recorded videos, and found this. It was too cute!! ​​

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Another amazing thing I was lucky enough to see was when driving with my husband to his parents house. There is a large swamp on the road near their house, one day heading to their house we crested the hill in the road coming towards that swamp and saw a moose standing there. As we got closer we realized that she wasn’t alone, there were two newborn calves at her feet. Yes, newborn! They were just born, still wet lying on the ground and mama moose was licking them off. We stopped, sat there and watched them. We sat there for about 15 minutes and then one of them decided to try and stand. His little legs wobbled back and forth but he didn’t fall! We watched them for what seemed like forever, just amazed and what we were actually seeing. They both took their first steps right in front of us! They weren’t the most graceful little ones, but it was an amazing thing to witness. These two twins and their momma spent the entire summer around his parents house. One night we stayed over and in the middle of the night kept hearing one of the wind chimes ringing really loudly off and on. This wind chime was hanging from an apple tree planted in the yard, which is where the sound seemed to be coming from. I woke up my husband, scared, because I have the worst case scenario most ridiculous possibility running through my head and I think there is some creepy man standing in the yard just ringing the chime. So, he gets up, looks out the window and starts laughing and tells me to come look. I get up, go look out the window and see the momma moose and her twins in the yard. The little boy is running around bucking like a little bronco, then runs over to the tree, slows down just before and nudges the chime with his nose and run off bucking and rearing again. Then he would run over to his sister and slam right into her side with his head and flip her over top of him, or knock her over and then go back and do it all again. It was absolutely adorable and hilarious to watch! I am so glad that we woke up to it and were able to see it. Definitely another golden memory. Look at these cute little twin baby moose butts! One other crazy Alaskan animal related story is our domesticated sled dogs. I’m sure you have heard of the Iditarod, well it is in fact real. We have a lot of sled dogs nearby, and people who have dog lots and teams that they run regularly. Especially in the area that I live, we have a higher number of dog teams around here. So, as it gets closer to winter people will actually hook their dog teams up to their four wheeler and have them pull that on the trails for practice until they get snow to hook up their sleds. It is always entertaining to me to see a team go by. It never gets old! Here is a team we saw when we were out hitting the trails in our Polaris RZR! Next year I’ll have to attend the Iditarod restart and get some photos to share. That is a pretty neat event to attend, such an incredible race and amazingly talented animals.