I hope everyone has a favorite spot where they feel comfortable.
I found this one many years ago when we first bought this property.
You would think with 80 odd acres to choose from I would have found something FAR away from my house yet this spot, although well camouflaged is not more than a 1/4 mile from my house.
Not on my bush road I found it one day while ‘exploring’ my then new property.
The rock is my ‘thinking’ place and it has served me well over the years.
I ALWAYS go there alone…..or with the dogs but never with people….that would defeat the purpose of it…..for me at any rate.
All the madness and stress of life melts away when you sit on the rock….and listen to ONLY the birds call and the rustle of critters around you going about their business.
No cell phones,,,,no traffic noise…….no nattering people wanting your attention for something or other.
If I stay long enough the animals….small ones anyway, ignore me and seem to venture closer to find out what this new ‘creature’ is.
This year….a few days ago I saw signs of a new ‘adventurer’ from my rock……and I realized I was the intruder in HIS world…not the other way round.
I know they are afraid of us so I don’t usually fear them but this time of year one has to be cautious as when they are with their young….and kids are ALWAYS curious….they are VERY dangerous.
I would NEVER think of venturing back there without my dogs…..they are sufficiently noisy and active that no Bear would venture very close….not even a cub.
The tree, by the way, shows a typical marking of a mature Bear which ‘claws’ or marks the tree as a way of both sharpening their claws….much as a housecat does AND defining it’s territory….NO PROBLEM….I got that part.
These marks are VERY fresh and I would estimate they were done within the last few days,,,,not much longer as the bark hasn’t had a chance to even begin to curl.
It’s a little scary but I can assure you…..you DEFINITELY feel ALIVE!