Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Over the river and through the woods..

Once a year, my employer hosts an annual general meeting in which we account for ourselves to our membership (our real bosses). It's mostly a working weekend, spent in some mediocre hotel somewhere in the province but this year we're going somewhere quite nice - the Humber Valley Resort. The downside? It'll take us about 10 hours to drive there. And as anyone who's ever travelled the Trans-Canada Highway knows, that'll mean trees and trees and road and more trees. And, we hope, no moose.

From the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism site
Watch Out for Moose There are about 110,000 moose on the island of Newfoundland, and most highways go through good moose habitat. Moose are great to look at - from a distance. If you see one on or near a highway, use extreme caution, slow down and prepare to stop. Like all wild animals, moose are unpredictable. Be sure the moose has either crossed the highway or gone back into the forest before resuming your drive. Also, if you see a vehicle stopped on or near the highway, the driver may have spotted a moose, so be cautious. Avoid driving at night if possible as most moose vehicle accidents occur between dusk and dawn. If you must drive at night, slow down. Scan both sides of the highway with your lights on high beam unless overtaking other traffic, and pay attention to warning signs. A road sign like "Caution, moose next 11 kilometres" means moose cross there frequently.


Anonymous TC said...

Them bloody moose are a nuisance!

Especially the drunk ones having raucous parties at all times of the night in the wilderness.

Who do they thunk they were?.

May 31, 2006 at 4:58 p.m.  
Blogger nanuk said...

Once while I was driving from Montreal to Val d'Or through La Verendrye Park, a noted moose haven, I was so tired I slammed on the brakes because I saw a moose. I eventually realized the moose I saw was painted on a "Beware of Moose" road sign. My passengers were not amused. Nor was I.

May 31, 2006 at 8:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should make them carry horns.

June 1, 2006 at 6:27 a.m.  
Anonymous Steve Dix said...

Did you hear about the famous defecting Moose? There was a moose that actually swam to Denmark from Sweden. They kept it in a Zoo in Denmark for years, until it's recent death. No-one knows why it defected, although they suspect it may have been some sort of protest against the Socialist Government of Sweden...

June 1, 2006 at 9:56 a.m.  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

He just wanted to get away from Abba.

June 1, 2006 at 10:51 a.m.  
Anonymous Ricardipus, wildlifelike said...

The bad thing about moose is that they have skinny legs, weigh 1,000 pounds, and are at just the right height to come through your windshield when you hit them.

The good thing is that if you survive the collision, you get to keep the meat.

/me gets coat now

June 1, 2006 at 12:51 p.m.  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

All true. So if they don't slide straight up over the hood (bonnet) and crush you, they flip over and kick you to death. Little charmers they are.

But they are good eatin'...

/gets cutlery and salt and pepper

June 1, 2006 at 12:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a rhubarb moose last night.

June 1, 2006 at 1:02 p.m.  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

Nah, cranberry goes with moose.

June 1, 2006 at 6:56 p.m.  

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