Moose visit.

From the front door. I’ll just wait to go shopping.
Nom nom nom.

Sometimes you’re not supposed to go outside unless you NEED to, and sometimes, even when you Need something from the store mother nature tells you to slow your roll, take a deep breath, and wait.

Because you do not argue with a Moose. This was a fairly young male I think. He’s got the base for his antlers, but he isn’t all that big yet. Here in Homer many of the Moose that pass directly through town, and hang out near it tend to be females, or young males. Our population on the peninsula is relatively small compared to say the Mat-Su Valley, or the North Star Borough. But they are still bigger than a horse.

Welcome to the apocalypse!

March 16, 2020. Only one confirmed case in the whole state so far. The two biggest cities in the state are restricting social gatherings. I haven’t seen toilet paper in local stores in a week. I bought an extra pack a week and a half ago, but seriously. What the h#ll is stockpiling TP going to do to protect you against CV-19?

We have extra gloves, and a couple of masks from various crafting projects. We know how to wash our hands, and do so. If I was honestly concerned I might start wearing my buff out in public. Mostly just to be careful? It probably wouldn’t do much?

My steps are up to 15,000 and I am making good progress, but we have to be careful now, walking the dogs in less socially accessible places. I’ve started doing workout at home again, not a habit yet, but trying to build one. Darebee’s fitness program is great for working out during social distancing and all of this. No weight systems or gym required. Their bodyweight workouts you can do in a hallway.

Supply lines have not been damaged. They are bringing more toilet paper to your grocery stores. Their making that stuff out of bamboo these days. Their is no actual shortage. Stockpiling hurts literally everyone.

Like a month or two from now TP prices will crash, because the stock pilers will STILL have excess, and this stupid ‘shock’ bubble will have passed.

Currently social gathering of more than 10 are discouraged. Social media is teaming up an encouraging people to be informed, practice social distancing, AND WASH YOUR FREAKING HANDS.

We will get through this, and someday it might even be funny. Until then, we’ll be hanging out in our house, reading books, playing games, watching netflix, and maybe learning something new.

Moose-capades!

Don’t worry, its just a silly working title.

This is something of a new project, a new resolution for me. I’ve been trying to write more often but my dyslexia, and it’s affect on my nerves, makes publishing anything challenging. It’s not something I want to do on social media, in front of all the mobs of Twitter, and the scattered remnants of Tumblr. So I am going to start here.

I’m from Alaska, and things are expensive here. For Alaskans hunting locally is a common way to not only reduce ones costs of living, but also to participate in our ecology. State law mandates the promotion of the Moose hunts, and moose populations, in order to allow people, especially Native Alaskans to live more traditional lifestyles, outside of city limits. Their are many registration hunts, but we also do drawings for smaller hunts. These cost money, and help fund the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the research and monitoring they do of wildlife populations, in order to maintain them.

I was drawn for two hunts this fall: Elk and Moose, both cow hunts later in the year. This has given me some extra motivation to kick my own behind back into shape. Its going to involve plenty of research. Quite a bit of hiking and preparation, and a (hopefully mild) action adventure or two followed by plenty of recipes if I’m successful.

Some of it might end up on Youtube, it might not. Either way, I’ve got some miles to run, and a back pack full of sand to pack.

I’m going to start by with upping my daily steps goal. It was 12k, but is now officially 15k. I might add a plate carrier for weight later, but I’m going to start with small steps. My goal is to rebuild habits, ones that I hope to keep even after the hunt.