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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Another type of dam...

Walking is certainly one way to adventure through the world... but it's a pretty slow way... especially for a little bear with short little legs. Today, little bear tried his hand at riding a bike... as a passenger. With a bit of squirming and snuggling, he was tucked in all of the brake and gear cables up front and had an awesome view of the world...
And.... if required... he could always be the headlamp operator (just to make him feel useful). So off he went... and one of the first adventures was an old adventure. Little bear wanted to see if the deer leg from a previous adventure was still hanging around.
The short answer is... yes... it's still hanging around. Poor little bear, it still turns his stomach! This was a very quick adventure and little bear was back in the handlebars and headed along the trail, only to be stopped again...
The trail was flooded! My goodness.... and while little bear toyed briefly with the idea of yelling "tally-ho... full-steam ahead"... he thought that he might get a tad wet (and shrink)... or a tad dirty... What to do? Looking to the right, little bear spied a secondary trail that seemed to be less wet and less muddy...
And might provide a detour around the flooded spot. So off he went... and quickly realized why the trail was flooded. There was a dam upstream of that spot! And not just any dam... not a concrete dam... a dam made of logs and twigs and mud. It was a beaver dam!
Now it all makes sense... actually many things make sense. Little bear now understands who/what had been gnawing down trees all winter... and he knows what they do with those logs and trees! Little bear stood very still in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the mysterious beaver...
But alas... the beavers were not around this morning... although... little bear did hear lots of frogs... and then... there was a head cutting the water! "oooohhh... beaver!" cried little bear... nope, sorry... it's not a beaver. Beaver's have flat tales and this thing had a long skinny tale... more of a muskrat than a beaver!
Still, little bear was pretty excited... and all he could chatter about on the bike ride home was beavers and muskrats and beaver dams... Truly a great adventure for a little bear.

1 comment:

  1. Another great adventure! Those beavers must sure have sharp teeth to cut through wood! We don't think wood would taste very good though...we prefer honey!

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