Moose in BWCA
We were on day 3 out of 5, probably 9 portages into our trip in the boundary waters, when I woke up to my friend shouting "Moose!". My wife & I got out of our tent & saw the moose had just gone past our tent toward our canoes. The moose literally walked right over the canoes (this is seared into my brain) then proceeded to go back toward my friend, who by this time was walking out into the lake to avoid it.
The part we missed was my friend had woke up early & saw a calf.. then turned the other direction & saw the momma. Bad place to be. The moose charged him, he turned to run & tripped, fell to the ground & the moose somehow missed. My friends hands were shaking for some time after this.
In NC, I went on a quick over night on the Art Loeb trail. For those not familiar, the trail crosses over a number of balds, where the trails can get confusing, even during the day. I usually take my time, look back where I came from, so I'll know how to leave.
As I was heading toward Tennent Mtn, I came across 6 or so teenagers smoking something that wasn't cigarettes. I said hi, declined their offer, then continued on and got setup.
Then the night turned strange. It was a full moon, and as the wind picked up, clouds were just whizzing by. Temperatures were dropping fairly quick. For whatever reason, I just couldn't sleep that night. Too bright, too windy, tent flapping.. I don't know.. but I packed up around mid-night and headed out.
By this time, I'm wearing everything I packed. The wind was gusting. As I'm hiking back to the bald, I come across the teenagers. Man had they sobered up since I saw them last. They couldn't find their way back to their cars & figured they were going to spend the night out there, in their tshirts & jeans. I guided them all back to their cars, then headed back to Charlotte.