These have been a fun few days when I've had the Labraduo on the trails with me. It's so much fun to see their antics when they're together.
We were out shortly after sunrise this morning, and I asked the two of them to take a bow. They are both taking "bows" in this photo but look how different their styles are! R looks like the puppy!
I loved this combination - a chokecherry bush that was turning red with a wasp on it! The two seasons juxtaposed...
My first thought was that I didn't want to get shot so I called out "hello!" to let him know that I was there. The forest was too dense for him to see me and my bike was silent. No answer from him. So, I called again in a super friendly voice, hoping for a reply so that I could stop worrying about an accidental shot in my direction. This time, not only was there no answer, but there was the sound of the guy moving fast away from me.
Now, I was baffled. Based on his odd behavior, I started wondering if he'd been doing something illegal. I didn't know the bird hunting rules so I was ready to forget about the whole thing if nothing more happened. Then, I saw his vehicle and quickly snapped a photo of it, just in case. Right after that, he came up out of the ravine like a bat out of hell. I was out of sight, and I made sure that I stayed out of sight until he'd sped away.
At that point, I felt certain that he'd been doing something illegal. After some research, I discovered that it's illegal to use electronic calls while hunting birds. So, what do I do? I have no doubt that he was using an electronic grouse call. However, I might run into this guy again, in a remote area, with him wielding a gun and me unarmed. For the moment, I'm mulling it over.
Life is full of quandaries like this one. In the "wild west", not only do you have to follow your ethics but you also have to be cautious if you like to frequent remote areas like I do.
Ah, if only life were as simple as a morning bike ride where I stopped to smell the flowers.