GUEST: We took a long ride today. We were at the Soo and watched the ships and then we came back along the lakeshore and ended up in Paradise. All that time we were on the road and didn't see so much as a squirrel!
ME: How are the colors along that drive?
GUEST: Just wonderful! Isn't this supposed to be the Moose Capital or something? The only time we saw anything large was when we were leaving Lake Okeechobee. I saw an elk crossing the road!
ME: Isn’t that lake in Florida? I didn’t know there were elk in Florida!
GUEST: No, this was after we left Copper Harbor. We were over in the western end of the U.P.
ME: There isn’t a Lake Okeechobee in the U.P….could it have been Lake Gogebic?
GUEST: YES!!! That is what it was! Anyway I saw an elk there.
ME: We don’t have elk in the U.P. but there are elk in northern Lower Michigan.
GUEST: Well, it shows elk on the Michigan map of the U.P!
ME: (I have gotten out our Michigan map to show her) See, these are supposed to be moose and these are supposed to be elk (pointing out the symbols on the map to her).
GUEST: OH!!! Well it must have been a moose then! But it didn’t have any horns.
ME: It could have been a young bull or a cow.
GUEST: I KNOW what a cow looks like and that wasn’t a cow! I’ve seen cows before.
ME: A female moose IS called a cow and a male moose is a bull. The same with elk. But deer are called does or bucks. And bears are sows or boars.
GUEST: So I DID see a moose! It must’ve been a female moose! Wait till I tell my grandson!
For the Record Book
6 days ago