This morning I decided to go for a run. I live in a community that is all about paved trails and sidewalks promoting a healthy lifestyle. It makes it pretty easy to go for a nice safe run...or so I thought.
I'm about half a mile into my run just enjoying some Coldplay (Viva la Vida to be exact) when I notice the cars driving towards me pulling over to the side of the road as if an ambulance were coming. I don't see any flashing lights...I turn down my Coldplay and....nope no sirens to be heard. So I keep on running. Then out of the corner of my eye I see this:
No joke. I see a mama moose and her baby, her enormous baby, on the other side of the street trying to cross over to my side. On my side there is a fence lined neighborhood. They are... oh about half a block away from me. So what would you do?
I start running in place sizing up the situation. I realize my choices are to keep on running pretending to be invisible hoping that the moose wouldn't see me. Or I could try to climb over one of the six foot fences into someone's backyard. Or I could run as fast as I can the opposite direction back towards my development.
I decide to run back towards my house in full sprint. I don't look back just run. A good long minute into my sprint, a nice couple in a silver PT Cruiser pull up next to me and offer me a ride. They said the moose were gaining on me and there was no way I could out run them. So I hop into the strangers car and they drive back into my development and drop me off so I could continue my run. I was a little freaked out so I cut my run short and after another mile I headed for home.
I can only imagine what that must have looked like... five foot three me being chased by a seven foot something mama moose and five foot something baby moose. I'm just glad I lived to tell you all about it.