|The ranger demonstrates the need to keep our garbage covered securely|
|Savute prepares to chase any released bears away from here and into the woods where they live.|
The dogs are used to help Department of Wild Life do the work of "hazing" animals away from civilization, capture work, and education. The program helps with mangement service and in assisting with wildlife conflicts in Washington. Among other helpful work, the dogs are brought to chase bears away from residential homes, and consequently have helped avoid the bear from (unnecessarily) being killed.
There was a campsite set up that was poorly kept and showed how the bears will ransack it for food as a natural way to feed themselves.
|There's a bear nearby...|
|...and he smells the hanging salmon...|
|... so he considers this an easy catch for dinner.|
The lesson here is to KEEP A CLEAN campsite. And don't feed birds or leave food in your back yard in the spring and summer months when the bears have awoken from hibernation HUNGRY.
The summer months had been abnormally hot this year. Susan set up our patio for some relaxing in the shade.
I of course had some nice bike rides -- alone and with others.
|A sample of the tile are along the bikeway to Arlington|
|A walking path that Lynne and I took at Mill Creek on the way to lunch at the Rusty Pelican|
|The flowers that Connie bought from a roadside truck brighten up her pannier on our Rainbow Ride to the Red Barn|
|A solo ride takes me by the elementary school vegetable garden|
|The scarecrow keeps the garden growing|
|Dorothy and me at the gnome home.|
|A little whimsey along the trail that Dorothy, Bette-Ann and I rode for tea and crumpets|
One more adventure in July just before leaving for a week out of town. Susan and I joined Sarah and the Grands for a bike ride from their house. We cycled some back roads, carefully crossed a main road and reached a park with a pond and a playground. Riding around the pond, we dubbed that as a circumnavagation of a "lake".
Oh yeah -- Higgins joined us for this outing...
|Kaitlyn has company in the chariot|
|Lucy takes Higgins down the slide|
|Higgins and Kaitlyn snuggle for a swinging time|
|Higgins is pretty good about walking on a leash|
The interesting thing is that Higgins would rarely allow adults (except maybe Jeremy) pet, hold, carry and be terribly close to himself, let alone sit quietly in any space near a human. The children in his family are a different story.