Bill & I walk somewhere every day. Most days we head into Coco... walk the mile or so through the residential area (kind of a rural area), then turn along the beach... walk along the beach, then head onto the main street... usually up to the AutoMercado (grocery store).... then walk a different route towards home... up a well-traveled street that eventually joins up with the road we headed down. It's hot... even by 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning, so we get started early. So... today, while we walk, since I wrote about road kills and carrion eaters yesterday, I'll tell you about our roadkill adventure in Manitoba a few years ago. I suppose each is interesting in itself (to some, anyway), but I don't have any photos of that adventure with me, and I did take some photo today....
Nope... not roadkill....
Just a few of the neighborhood dogs napping alongside the road.
We were on an Adventure Caravan trip.... October, 2004. Traveled through Manitoba and saw so many interesting things. We were on our way up to Churchill to see the Polar Bears. Way up in Snow Lake (I always want to call it Snow Flake) a little rowdiness went on overnight by the locals, and during the night our drivers side window was broken.... to smithereens! We actually slept through it all.... so the next morning was when we met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (I believe he had a Jeep), the mayor of the town, and various other officials.
Only this one lone Howler Monkey and her baby in the trees today...
She was howling, but sounding kind of forlorn... didn't see any others... usually they're in a pack.
The mayor was so mortified that this happened in his town that he called a friend in Thompson to make arrangements for us to get our window replaced. This is not only on a Sunday, but the following day, Monday, is the Canadian Thanksgiving. So we head out - leave the tour we're on - to Thompson. We'll catch up with them the next day up in Thompson.
WoooHooo... Looks like there's some kind of carnival coming to town in a few days! We'll have to check it out and report back later!
We're driving along... not much traffic on a Sunday morning. We're seeing a lot of Spruce grouse hanging out along the road. Now, I don't know a whole lot about Spruce grouse, but the Ruffed grouse, that I am familiar with have this thing called "fall dispersal". The chicks are full grown by October... Mom tells them to get the heck out of there and find a life of their own. They'll stand alongside the road looking lost and forlorn. This is we're seeing a lot of up here in Manitoba.
This guy apparently is painting a new sign on this tienda (corner grocery). What an art that is! I'll have to check it out tomorrow.
One after another, we see grouse alongside the road. Except one grouse decides to flush..... just as we're upon it. Yep! The darned thing hit the grill of our rig... I see in my side mirror that it bounces off to the side of the road. Bill! Stop! And he does....
I run back and pick the bird up... yeah, it's dead... got a broken neck. But, other than than, except for losing a few feathers, it's still intact.
I had to Google this car... a SsangYong.... Korean
We see all makes of cars here... mostly Japanese.... a few American... and a few, like this, that I have to look on the internet to know what the heck they are.
I put it in a baggy... and put the baggy in the fridge... On we go....
We make it to Thompson... the Greyhound bus (or whatever bus line they have) has delivered our new side window to the auto shop. While the window is being installed, I dress (some would say "undress") the grouse, and ... guess what folks? That was dinner that night. Okay, so it did taste a bit like pine needles... and yeah... what we did was no doubt illegal... but... hey.... why let a perfectly good bird go to waste?
And, no, it didn't taste like chicken.
That's All For Today!