beaver or deer. Where I stopped to bird in Lunenburg, the signs of birds were
scarce, but the signs of Moose were plentiful.
This section of highway
had been freshly re-paved only 2 or 3 days earlier; the asphalt on the shoulder
was still soft, and the traffic control signs were still lying along the side of
the road. One side of the highway was a peaty bog; on the other a wet
All along the highway were fresh peaty moose tracks. Somehow
these moose had learned the fundamentals of safe pedestrianship along a highway:
1) stay outside the traveled lane striping, 2) walk against the flow of traffic
so you can see oncoming vehicles, and 3) cross where you can be seen in both
As I walked walked along, I couldn't help but laugh as I
thought about a group of moose walking single-file along the highway, and then
crossing single file... rather like the Beatles on their Abbey Road album cover.
I also gained a renewed appreciation for highway warning signs such as
"Moose Crossing Next 6 Miles"... one of the moose was quite large, with hooves a