Monday, May 28, 2007
Animal Kingdom Jihad
Dear friend Kingdavid has had a (hilarious)running theme over at his blog of AKJ, and there was this story in the Mpls Star and Tribune of a mystery animal clawing a camper(photo) in Itasca State park here in Minnesota just the other day. The story irritated me a bit because they left out the details of just how careless the camper was. Did he leave his tent unzipped? How did the animal just wander in? This is information we might want to know. (They did have a blurb in a later article about a bobcat that may have unzipped it.) It got me thinking about all the camp-outs where I could have been clawed or mauled in 2005. I was traveling in Montana, California and Arizona and camping out. It was kind of a dream I was living, at least a dream for some of us.
In Montana I met this couple and stayed in their home in Bozeman. They let me know they own a cabin, no two cabins, one large and one tiny next to it(see photos) in Yellowstone (the lucky dogs!) They said I could stay there for free for an unlimited amount of time in exchange for a little work there. So I headed there in my car with my two cats but arrived late at night. So I was wandering in the woods with a flashlight searching for the two cabins when I arrived, not knowing that it was grizzly country until later. You'd think that would be information they might share with me! That was my first brush with death. I was letting my cats out there to wander too.
Later I camped out West of there in some gorgeous mountains where there were mountain lions. There were other people camping around me, but I was in a tent. People were saying that hawks might take off with my cats.
After that I was in California staying in a campground in Monterey and near Santa Barbara. And then I camped out in the open in Arizona, where the hazards were snakes and scorpions, although in winter they were hibernating.
I guess after reading all of Kingdavid's stories on AKJ incidents, and many of them about domestic animals just going wild, what stands out is that I've been protected. Even when there could have been danger, I've been safe. I guess I expect God to protect me and He does.