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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween in the Mountains

Halloween is a quiet holiday around here. We never get trick-or-treaters at our house - our road is too rural for kids to walk (or even ride in a car) from house to house. So, we didn't buy any candy (for the first time) this year. That probably means that we'll actually get trick-or-treaters!

Halloween is always in the midst of the hunting seasons here. While I love having the beautiful elk around, there's a tension in the air until the hunting seasons end. Then, we heave a sigh of relief, put away all the orange gear, and feel more relaxed when we're in the forest.
We were shocked last night when two deer didn't run from us during our evening hike (they usually flee from us during hunting season). Perhaps they know that they are in a relatively safe place. Based on size, we thought that this one was born last spring. Her spotted coat has given way to a winter coat.
And, this one was probably her mother. Mom looks pretty tough. I'm not sure I'd want to mess with her. I hope she and her daughter stay hidden for the next few weeks.
Shyla has become quite good about leaving alone the deer and elk who we see during our mountain bike rides. I can call her away from them in a few steps. Dead stuff seems to fascinate her more than running wildlife.

Today, Shyla's main nod to Halloween was a funny face she made this morning - her dracula face!
And a trick - so that she could earn a treat!
Shyla doesn't like costumes. Moreover, people (especially children) wearing costumes scare her so we stay away from town on this holiday. And, while she'll tolerate me putting a hat or other costume on her - she never looks happy about it so I've stopped doing it.

But R was glad to wear an orange hat in celebration of Halloween! What a dude.
For us, Halloween is usually the true beginning of winter. The time changes back to standard time so our "evening" hikes become "afternoon" hikes. And, usually the snow starts flying regularly soon after this holiday. The Divide sure looked wintery today!
Happy Halloween!


  1. sounds like wisconsin and surrounding areas got plenty of snow today, just in time for those who trick or treat.

    the elk and deer are beauties. R is a good sport. :)

  2. The deer sure are pretty! Hey Shyla and R, y'all are looking mighty fine. Have a spooky cool Halloween!

  3. The deer are beautiful creatures!



  4. We definitely don't like wearing stuff, so we resorted to stickers this year. AND we were banished to the back garden just because we barked at a few little intruders. So we're glad Halloween is over.

  5. Thanks for sharing the deer they sure are cool looking up close.
    Waving back at ya Shyla, and R you always crack me up.
    Happy Crazy Love you guys.
    Happy Halloween too.
    XO Cinnamon and Linda

  6. R the Dude and Shyla-cula make us smile:)

    We usually get a decent number of trick or treaters, but it is frigid cold here. 35 degrees right now. We have only had four kiddos come and they all came at the same time:( Lots of candy to spare.

  7. I love seeing all your wildlife. Happy Halloween!

  8. Beautiful, and The Divide, to dream about. No Halloween visitors here, maybe I am different, but I don't agree with young children visiting houses, when they don't know who lives there, at night, where are the parents? at the gate, in the car, or still at home?? We live in scary times, and R, that orange is the way to be safe.!! Hugs to all, Jean.

  9. Wow what a sight to see the elk so close! Shayla LOL what a face! High Five to you too girl - wishing you lots of treats this halloween!

  10. Such gorgeous shots today! I always have the urge to wave back at Shyla :-)

  11. We always enjoy looking at your wildlife and your views! Happy Halloween! Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  12. I hope those deer run and hide. We have hunters everywhere too,,, and for some reason it seems more stressful this year.
    Becautiful photos,,, and as you say its seems like the start of winter.

  13. The elk and deer are so pretty!! We don't usually get any kids at our place, either! :D

    Stay safe out there!

  14. You look so dapper, R, and we love your dracula face, Shyla! We don't get trick or treaters here either and we are most happy about that!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  15. We aren't as rural as you but have very few neighbors and never any Halloween visitors. It is much quieter for the pups. Love seeing the elk. For the pups it's trick for a treat every day.

  16. We live in a scary part of our area so no one comes by our place either. But that is ok with me and the other dogs. Happy Halloween
    Bert an the crew

  17. We grew up where there were never any trick-or-treaters. Right now it is kind of nice to sit at the end of the drive with Aaron and the pups and hand out candy, but at the same time, I can't help but wish I was back in the quiet neighborhood.

    Monty and Harlow

  18. R sure rocked that hat! The summer weather we had up until this morning is now being replaced with a storm. Hard to believe it was warm for so long. Mom said to tell you that it was the SKUNK formula that we used for the Nature's Miracle. She said we will NEVER not have it on hand for future emergency use!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    PS - Remember to vote in the Blogville election on TUESDAY!

  19. We don't get trick or treaters either due to living in the country. No costumes here either! Just another rainy night.

  20. Macy and Mabel before her both hated costumes so no dress up dogs here!


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