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Moose as Spirit Animal

24 Jul

But first a note to myself:  Make sure and post more controversial drafts while I’m still fired up about them and when I have time to refute points and further explain my perspective.  I believe in what I’m saying on my blog, but sometimes just the thought of defending my views tires me out.  Which is why I’m switching tracks today.  I’ll get back to the more derisive posts later–I’m in a pretty mellow place right now and don’t want to get worked up.  Here’s a lovely wildlife/Native American post:

You have heard about my moose sightings before:  Moose way down below Mount Rainier, which was still closed for slow.  On the road, and looking at ME.  In my boss’ yard while I house-sat.  When she had lived there a long time and never seen one.

Over the weekend, Cool and I went to Tacoma to visit her mom and while we were there we visited NW Trek, a wildlife NW Trek moose-number 3reserve near the base of Mount Rainier (I think).  You can take a train ride around the perimeter of meadows and forests while the guide tells you features.  The train has 1/4 windows so viewing and picture-taking is easily done.  Which I did a lot of–I like seeing animals even if they’re planted there.  We saw bison, reindeer, birds of many types, mmm I should look on their web page for a list, I’m having trouble remembering.  Anyway, our guide was saying to look closely for the moose, because they are usually more elusive.  Many people came to the reserve repeatedly and never saw them.  And there are NW trek moose-close uponly 3 total.  The guide said we had the rare treat of seeing EVERY animal that was out there to see!

NW Trek moose--still a baby

Because I have a feeling moose is my spirit animal I was confident we would see one, and scanned the trees meticulously to NW Trek moose-malefind it.  Lucky me!  Two moose were right ON our road.  A female and a beautiful chocolate-colored male.  We were sitting on the 2nd of 3 train cars, and the male came up very close to only the 2nd car–his antler may have crossed the line of the window!  Then, we saw the 3rd moose on the other side of the path a little further away!  We saw 3 of 3 when the tram guy had said how difficult it was!

I think as part of my moose spirit animal run, I’m not supposed to pervert the experience by getting a good picture.  It’s maybe something just for me to enjoy in the moment.  Because, again, I did not get an adequate shot.  My pictures look like black indistinguishable blurs.  Cool got one halfway recognizable shot, but it doesn’t nearly convey the closeness we experienced in person.  These pics are from NW Trek’s Facebook page.  Though the male (pic on far left here) has grown a lot since this!  His rack has about 3(?) more branches on it now!  

NW Trek moose-duo

Here’s some info from a website about my animal and what it means:

 

The moose is often associated with the feminine energies, the maternal forces of the world; those with Moose totem will find these forces awakened. Part of this is due to the association of moose with water [my astrological sign is Cancer–a water sign] as it is the primal symbol of the feminine forces of the universe. Water is the symbol of creativity and dynamic forms of intuition and illumination. The sea is the point from which all life comes and to which all life returns. It is the great womb of the universe. The moose is often seen in marshy areas and standing in lakes – moose is comfortable in these areas. Additionally, the female moose is extremely protective of its young.

 If Moose has come passing through your life:

Know and understand that you – and only you – have the authority to make your own choices in life. You do not need to feel ashamed or pressured in any way by your friends and peers in that what you choose is different from them. Stand strong and proud and own who you are! Your individuality is your strength.

If Moose is your Animal Totem:

Your strength is in knowing exactly who you are. You have integrity and always stay true to yourself in decisions and life choices. Friends and peers look up to your knowledge and innate wisdom. You see life for what it is – a long journey with short stops to enjoy the spoils along the way. You move through life with pride and authority.

If Moose has stumbled into your dreams:

It may mean to pay close attention to the elders around you for they hold they wisdom of days gone by. To dream of a moose in its natural habit means you can expect a beneficial change of circumstances coming your way now. To dream that you shoot a moose signifies that you can expect that some simmering family conflict is about to boil over. A baby moose means that a lucky break is about to happen, most likely in connection with a journey.

If moose is your power animal then you will probably be full of contradictions – clumsy yet graceful, huge but with the ability to move swiftly and soundlessly. Usually people with this power animal have excellent depth perception and are very wise. They also have an innate ability of being balanced – when to be gentle, when to be strong, what to say when and to whom. 

So maybe this post isn’t as far from yesterday’s as I initially thought. . .

2013 Recap: Best Moments

31 Dec

I don’t want to make my followers crazy by publishing a super-overabundance of posts all the time.  So I had to choose today’s post carefully.  I decided on this all-important last day of the year, I would pick my top moments of 2013 to talk about.  I have so many looking back and looking forward type posts in que through.  I wrote my 2013 resolution results post, but it became very long, so I sperated it into the various sections.  Which made 5(?) posts.  And then, of course I have 2014 Resolutions.  And the music I listened to most in 2013.  But then I have the new 2013 album releases post.  And I want to make a big post about strategies of how I plan to go about accomplishing my 2014 goals.  Maybe I will make a New Year kind of post every day of the month in January.  Because that’s the way it’s looking.  I like it–I hope I doesn’t make you guys irate.  Anyway, without further adou, the very favorite of my moments in 2013, from 10th most important to super-best-time-ever-of-the-year!

10.  Keeping my 4.0 GPA in school.  Very important to me.  And not all that easy to do, so it garners a spot on the big list.  I only hope it will also be here next year too. . . pinna art

9.  Spa weekend & camping in the living room.  Grocery Outlet beauty/grooming items, massage, foot soaks, spa treatments, and healthful cooking.  Home spas are a heck of a lot less awkward with your mate and more affordable at home.  And camping included, sleeping on the air mattress in the living room, eating microwave s’mores, and watching “The Great Outdoors.”  A good time was had!  I had wanted to have theme weekends all summer, with varying items.  We made it to two before running out of ideas, then motivation.  But these 2 were so fun!  We saved money by staying home as well, which I always like.  I will try to start brainstorming now so we can have more this next summer.  I just thought of music.  And a crafty weekend.  There’s the first month for us. Summer Begins 2013 060

8.  Walla Walla big 30th Birthday.  I was really looking forward to this milestone birthday.  This one is probably due to the great anticipation and the weight I placed on this age.  It’s a big deal to me.  And I always love Walla Walla for the wine country and quaint small town feel–as well as the beautiful Palouse views.  The only reason this items fell relatively low on the list is Cool was mixed state, manic, or cycling (who can tell?) at the time and had no money and she acted like a jerkelsteilskin frequently because of the bipolar.  But I looked good, wasn’t at work, and got a true wine tour–so it was still pretty fun. Walla Walla 30th 022

7.  Seeing a moose up close.  Terribly exciting!  It came right in the yard while I was house-sitting for my boss.  And it ranks only 7th, because when it happened, I was worried the aggressing dog was about to DIE.  And on account of that I did not get a (good) picture. moose 1moose 6

6.  Green Bluff.  I think Peach-Fest was my favorite this year, though we got to go relatively frequently.  I like everything about Green Bluff.  The farm feel, picking/eating my own food, taking pictures, and supporting non-Monsanto produce.  It’s my favorite thing about Washington State (even beating the Fremont neighborhood, I think?!), and always a new adventure when we go.  Oh, wait–it couldn’t possibly beat Pike Place Market for WA fave, or adventure, but it’s the best thing Eastern, and a close second (because the Gorge isn’t as cheap or accessable = #3). Green Bluff 2 018

5.  Parasailing in CdL.  Wow!  We sort of did this one on a whim.  And it wasn’t what I expected at all.  No adrenaline was involved, just peace.  I got great pics, and had a really fun time with Cool.  It was really relaxing–until the dip at least!  I would do this one again any time, and I’ll never forget it.

tree and wake

 

4.  Labor Dave weekend, including the concert, tail-gating prior to entry, exploring mid-WA during the first half Selfie Columbia Riverof the day, hiking down to the Columbia River, camping near Feathers, and playing theampitheatre 4 setlist game with Cool.  The whole thing was fun, and I really like that it wasn’t just about drinking, or even music.  We spent a large majority of the day just appreciating the nature of mid-Washington.  Everyone was in a good (and stable) mood and that’s the best.  I love this concert and the time spent with Cool so much.  It’s totally OUR thing.  But next year–SEATS.  There will be no more GA at Dave for us.

 

3.  Clogging at my school’s Talent Show.  Who knew I missed dancing so much?  The thing that made this so great was the fact it was all mine.  I picked the song.  I wrote the dance.  And I rocked the performance.  I felt really great about the whole thing, and am excited to choreograph my next dances when time allows.  Winter break is for getting ahead with textbook reading, scholarship and application tasks, taxes/FAFSA, shopping for a semester, and winter cleaning/organizing.  See what I mean?  Four and a half weeks SOUNDS long, but there’s not enough time.  But when I do, I will be sure to do some more clogging dances.

2.  Bringing Goose home.  Not the actual hotel stay though.  Being sleep-deprived is never my favorite–though Fall finals 118Boise--May 2013 018seeing Boise with my parents and Cool was extra fun (even tired).  So finally!  I get to have all my buddies in the same state.  I missed him very much, and worried.  Also, this little item improved my relationship with my parents exponentially.  I am enjoying having happiness and closeness with them again–I missed that too.  And Goose is beautiful inside and out.  He’s home ❤

1.  Hands down–getting Forster-Fridays “off” of work.  I just can’t convey what a relief this is to me.  So much weight/stress/anxiety was lifted from me when this happened.  I feel so much more uplifted, positive, and hopeful!  Even though I didn’t believe it would actually happen or stick, and even though the social fall out was. . .  Special.  I love being away from that horrid day (most of it–I’m still there for 3-4 hours) even at the cost of having ALL early mornings, daily tiredness, and being locked in this city.  Still, totally worth it.  This is the item that really enables me to quit drinking.  I love my new schedule more then anyone could know.  I would write/say a big thank you to my boss if it wasn’t poking the bear, or jinxing it. It was sort of a chilled out year, but still good.

DMB Gorge 2008

I think I learned that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time away from work to have excellent moments.  I think 2014 will continue along that train of thought:  I have to work all day on my birthday, and Walla Walla is out of the question.  But maybe my parents will follow-though on visiting us, and that’s always a good time.  There will be the big, super-special yearly event of Labor Dave Weekend (with seats!), plenty of Green Bluff, and maybe a trip to The German (if we’re lucky), but other then that, we’ll make our own good times.  Even if it means being HERE for another year.

 

Moose! And Not the Dessert.

11 Jun

I saw one–in person and very close-up!!!

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The scene:  I’m house-sitting north of the city, near a river and recreation area.  The dog needs to play fetch 24/7.  But when she gets tired she runs to the throw-rope and lies down to rest.  So a plot–throw the toy during commercials, then while the dog rests, watch the show.  And so on and so fourth–watch the show, throw during commercials.  All hour, all day, all week.

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It’s 6 PM on a warm and sunny day.  The show is on and I’m inside watching it, the dog outside resting.  I hear a bark.  But the neighbors are out working the horses in the round pens.  It was sort of a yapping bark, so I think the dog sees the neighbors (she’s been yapping at them all week as they come and go) so I get up calling to her to come chase her throw-rope.  She does not come to the deck, and when I get to the door, the first thing I see is the horses.  They were all standing at attention, ears funny, and alarmed looks on their faces.  Uh-oh, this was no yapping bark.  I look in the direction the horses are all looking–and there, right on the edge of the lawn–a MOOSE!

And the dog is less than 8 feet away, barking aggressively.  Knowing that moose can be young moose 1unpredictable at best, dangerous and lethal at worst, I call the dog back.  Her hackles are 6 inches high, and she won’t relent.  I’m scared–it would suck if the dog was hurt/killed.  I start shouting at the dog.  Still, she barks at the moose.  The moose looks dazed and is just standing on the edge of the lawn.  I start cussing the dog, hoping she will be called-back.  Finally, she runs to the deck.  I put her in the house, and grab my phone to take a picture.

yearling mooseBy this time the neighbor is in the backyard near the moose taking pictures, and the moose has moved into the wooded part of the yard.  The picture is far, but the moose well-centered.  I take 2 pics.  Unfortunately, even with all the editing tricks I know, I can’t even SEE the moose.  Not at all–I think the way the light was, and due to the crummy camera phone, it photographed white.  But it was cool all the same.

According to a really detailed moose-enthusiast site,

http://www.mooseman.de/pages/pages_gallery/main/moose/gallery_main_moose_size.htm

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What makes a moose different and interesting:
-lgst member of the deer family
-legs over 100 cm longmoose 5
-the hair is 10-25 cm long
-their toes are about 18 cm long
-distance between toes is 11-12 cm
-moose have dew claws
-steps can be 350 m apart when jumping!
-their feet contain 2 types of glands, one of which secretes pharmones
-average weight is 500 kg
moose 2-A moose weighs about 4x more than a quarter horse

-the average male moose (bull) needs to consume 9770 calories (apporx 71 pounds) per day to maintain its weight (Wiki).

-length can be 350 mmoose
-height is usually 2 m
-in captivity, moose can live 27 years
-in the wild, the oldest moose is 22 years old
-the teeth have rings for each year of life
-Moose cannot detect a motionless object w/their eyes alone.
-the large ears can detect sounds 16-21,000 Hz!!!
-A moose can smell an area of 800 cm^2
-Moose have 200x more sensory receptors in the nasal cavity than humans and 4x more than dogs–Wow!
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