What have you seen?

CaliKo
By CaliKo Latest Reply 2010-12-22 15:19:17 -0600
Started 2010-12-16 14:39:15 -0600

As diabetics, we wear out lots of shoes with all our walking and jogging. Sometimes at lunch I go walking at a nearby nature preserve. Today, I saw a young girl with a dog standing beside a bridge on the trail, and the lady that was walking a little ways ahead of me stopped and talked to her. Just as I was walking up, the girl said, "Well, with three of us, it probably won't attack." So I said, "What won't attack?" And she points and says, "That coyote." I look where she's pointing and I'm thinking that looks more like a large grey wolf than a coyote, but I'm no expert. It was about the size of a German shepherd. Anyway, the three of us plus the dog walk on by and the coyote/wolf just went further off into the wooded area.
What's the most interesting thing you've seen on your walks?


49 replies

MAYS
MAYS 2010-12-22 13:14:09 -0600 Report

I can't say that there is anything in particular that I have noticed, but rather everything!

Maybe it's my increasing age, or maybe it's my appreciation for life, either way, I find everything to be fascinating, from a simple glance at the sunrise, or admiration for the colors of the sunset, the sounds of life, or even the silence of the night.

My physical walks are great for my diabetic health, but my mental walks thru my mind is essentially food for my soul.

(Truly a great discussion, I hope that many others will comment also!)

Mary 21
Mary 21 2010-12-21 00:30:48 -0600 Report

HI…IF YOU ARE FEELING LIKE SNACKING …OR BINGING … A BIT OF ADVICE FROM AN NURSE WHO IS DIABETIC…"DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH!" WHEN YOU SEEM EXTRA HUNGRY THEN CHECK YOUR SUGAR. MOST OF THE TIME IT WILL BE HIGHER. WHEN YOUR INSULIN LEVEL/NUMBER RAISES YOU WILL FIND THE MORE YOU WANT TO EAT! THIS IS WHAT INSULIN DOES. IT TRIGGERS OUR TASTE BUDS. FOOD IS FUEL FOR YOUR BODY. AND INSULIN IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE OUR APPITITES SO WE WILL FUEL OUR BODIES AND GIVE OURSELVES ENERGY. BUT IN DIABETICS…THIS IS NOT USUALLY THE CASE WHEN WE FEEL LIKE BINGE EATING. GO FOR A LONG WALK OR AEROBIC EXERCISE INSTEAD WITH A BOTTLE OF WATER. REMEMBER TO HYDRATE! HYDRATION HELPS US TO BUILD LEAN MUSCLES WITHOUT DAMAGING THEM. LEAN MUSCLE BURNS MORE INSULIN. LEAN MUSCLES ALSO HELP US PROTECT OUR MUSCULAR SKELETAL SYSTEM, OUR CARDIO-VASCULAR SYSTEM AND IT ALSO HELPS US IMPROVE DIABETIC NEUROPATHY. YOU WILL ALSO FIND THAT EXERCISE WILL ALSO GIVE YOU STRENGTH WHEN YOU FEEL TIRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR INSULIN LEVEL BEING HIGHER. IF YOU ARE STILL HUNGRY AFTER 20-30 MINUTES OF AEROBIC EXERCISE…EAT SOME YOGURT, CELERY OR AN APPLE. GOOD LUCK MANAGING YOUR DIABETES…

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-12-21 11:25:28 -0600 Report

Howdy Mary! Thanks for sharing that!

You might also wish to post this in a different place: Dr Gary's discussion "FEEL Like a snack? Staying ahead of emotional eating triggers." here is a link to it: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/9083 Perhaps it might be nicer iif you don't SHOUT (type in all caps) at folks.

Blessings to you and yours!

James

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-12-20 18:50:13 -0600 Report

When my ex & I were living in the city of Ft Wayne IN (I was in grad school ) We had just planted a garden and tomato plants kept getting nipped off near the roots. Couldn't figure out what was happening, then one morning saw a groundhog out near the garden. Didn't think groundhogs liked the taste of tomato plants! Apparently so!

Went out and had a little "close encounter" with Mr Groundhog and the rest of the tomato plants were OK after that.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-21 09:15:20 -0600 Report

I haven't seen any groundhogs (except on TV forecasting weather), but when I visit my sister in west Texas she sometimes drives past this field when we are out and about where there are hundreds of prairie dogs living there. It's fun to see them on a nice day all standing up and watching the cars drive by. But I certainly wouldn't want them in my yard or garden!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-19 01:13:17 -0600 Report

Since we've moved to the big city I've seen several deer, 8 horses, 3 sheep, 1 coyote, 1 eagle, 3 Lundehunds, 1 Norbottenspets and a Catahoula Leopard Dog. I also saw a few cottonwoods that a beaver had cut down, but did not see the beaver.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-20 09:38:06 -0600 Report

I think its hard to catch a beaver out, I've seen dams but never a beaver.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-21 11:20:55 -0600 Report

Where we used to live I saw beavers occasionally.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-12-21 11:40:45 -0600 Report

I believe they are quite shy. I have watched some nature shows about beavers a while back and usually they watch from the water. If they see something they thinks looks dangerous they dive under water and smack the water with their flat tails as an auditory warning to other beavers that there's danger about. From those programs I got the impression they were very shy creatures.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-21 11:46:25 -0600 Report

A few used to watch us from the middle of the river. One would come about 2 feet from the river bank if we were about 20 to 30 yards away.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-12-18 17:36:04 -0600 Report

We live in the middle of nowhere and we see a lot of animals in our back yard. In fact we have a hard time keeping the deer and rabbits out of our gardens. We also have black bear, couger, bob cat, coyotes raccoon & squirril. Plus animals show up in our fields. Like an emu, llama, cows horses, and lots of dogs and cats. We let them stay if they behave. We have a lot of animals!!!

ram63
ram63 2010-12-18 17:26:49 -0600 Report

I live in a mobile home park out from town a little way and I walk the roadways here in the park. There is quite a bit of wildlife here as we are at 2900 ft in elevation, right next to the mountains. I have seen skunks ( from a distance), opossums with babies, a red fox, coyotes, a bobcat, and a doe and her fawn. One of my neighbors took pictures of a bear in the storage area of the park. He broke into two trailers and tried to get into a motorhome because he smelled food that was stored inside. On clear nights I can see a beautiful night sky of stars and sometimes shooting stars. It is quiet enough here at night to hear the coyotes calling.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-20 09:35:15 -0600 Report

That's quite a selection of animals! I saw a red fox once, in my niece's yard in Colorado Springs. Beautiful creature.

Beerlilly
Beerlilly 2010-12-18 15:30:36 -0600 Report

I was walking once on the Des Plaines River Trail and as I was walking I noticed/felt that someone or something was following me. I turned to look into the woods and found out that it was a fox that was walking parallel to me in the woods. It stayed its distance in the woods, but was just looking for a walking partner. I think that it followed me for maybe a mile or so.

Richard157
Richard157 2010-12-17 14:18:59 -0600 Report

My summer strolls take me through a local park. I see young folks jogging there. Many times young women are very scantily clad. I find that very interesting! Lol!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-17 10:40:33 -0600 Report

Hi CaliKo,

I don't get much exposure to coyotes and wolves since I live in New York City, but I do see a lot of interesting sights on my walks, at least when I am not in such a hurry that I ignore everything but the sidewalk in front of me and the traffic lights, which is most of the time. I also have to mention that in NYC you are not supposed to actually notice anyone, and certainly not to make eye contact if you do.

But we do have our share of dogs. One of the most interesting sites for he, however, is dog walkers. Last week, there was a guy walking literally around ten dogs, of various shapes and sizes, all on leashes, of course, and all of them trying to run in another direction. Forutnately, he seemed to at least temporarily be in control.

Now, if it were July, I might also run into the occassional young man taking his pet python for a stroll through Union Squiare. Yes, I said python. One guy likes to bring his pet -- I assume it has a name but don't get close enough to ask -- and let it soak up the sun. He clearly relishes the double takes and screams from those who didn't notice what he was up to until they got too close. I backed up once and almost tripped... and then found myself hyperventilating until my heart slowed back to normal. And then there was a time a guy had a very large iguana on a leash. There oughtta be a law... but apparently there isn't.

Hope you have a great weekend!

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-17 11:12:40 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary,
I wonder what a person's choice in pets has to say about themselves… Personally I like cats, they aren't too needy. Does that make me cold? Or just busy?
I hope you have a great weekend, too.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-16 22:26:01 -0600 Report

One morning I was at work on a soccer field. I always arrived before anyone else. All of a sudden a buck came dashing out of the woods and across the field. I'd seen plenty of dear but never a buck before. The antlers were magnificent.
The funniest was when my Mom & I thought dogs were gettig into the trash cans. one night I was in the kitchen and heard a crash out the back door. It was this big fat raccoon. I was dumbstruck at first. We got to see a lot of "Rocky" over the years. He even brought the wife & kids along some days. We kept having to think of new ways to keep those trash cans harder to brake into. I found a door mat for my Mom that had a raccoon with his little kit, stethescope etc, trying to break into a trash can with a combination lock on it.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2010-12-18 19:55:37 -0600 Report

..and those raccoons are very clever…far more clever than our attempts to stop them from dining in our trash! I smile when I think of raccoons…once over 15 yrs ago my sister pulled in our driveway, late in the day…saw "biggest raccoon in creation" in our trash cans, was afraid to get out of the car …so she honked the horn, got out banging her feet, and yelling…AND TO THIS DAY, SHE STILL DOES THAT WHEN SHE COMES OVER! LOL!

squog master
squog master 2010-12-18 20:34:29 -0600 Report

We tried the noise making routine but Rocky and family would just look at us like Oh, please, like we haven't seen that before. In '94 Mom passed & I move into a Condo. Years later I worked with the person who bought my childhood home. One day I asked her. "Does Rocky still come around?" She replied "Like clockwork!" I was glad to hear Rocky was still at it or at least some Rocky decendant. Funny thing was I didn't even have to explain who "Rocky" was.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-16 21:24:46 -0600 Report

The most exciting thing I have seen on my hikes was a momma bear and two cubs. You can read the full account here: http://www.getlostmagazine.com/features/2000/0011bears/bears.html Illustrations are mine as well. It was quite an experience, one that I will never forget.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-17 00:33:32 -0600 Report

You are very talented, Gabby. Illustrator and creative writer.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-17 09:05:10 -0600 Report

Why thank you. I enjoy the swish of a pencil to paper. On many of my drives I stopped to capture photos of nature as well. Visit my photos in my profile for some glimpses into the Florida sunsets.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-18 13:51:25 -0600 Report

Actually I love to do animals. I was fascinated by horses as a kid, but I do house renderings as my work (when I can get it these days). I have done some people, but mostly charactures. I am not a serious subject artist. I like whimsy and fun.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-20 09:57:32 -0600 Report

You'd be great for illustrating children's books. Your style reminds me of Sandra Boynton. My son loved those books when he was younger.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-20 21:32:23 -0600 Report

I tried that a bit, but have not had success at it yet. I did an alphabet set for a spanish book once. It was fun. I am going to join our local art club next year and get around creative people and see what happens with it. My problem is that I like so many things it's hard to choose.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-21 09:23:04 -0600 Report

Keep an eye on gettyimages.com. They occasionally have a 'call for artists' and you can submit work for them to sell internationally. I have a few photos there, but they also accept illustration.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-21 13:14:48 -0600 Report

Thank you for that link. I contacted them and they gave me the directions for submitting my work. I really appreciate that. This could be very interesting.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2010-12-16 14:58:41 -0600 Report

In back of our house is a wild area that is about 1/2 mile wide and runs for 6 miles. So far on my walks exploring it with Oz we have found many wild creatures. There are raccoons, possums, skunks (Oz's encounter was not too pleasant), deer, a bear, and one cougar.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-17 09:02:54 -0600 Report

Wow, a cougar? That is a bit much for me. They scare me more than a bear does.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2010-12-17 10:32:49 -0600 Report

They aren't too bad unless cornered or protecting their young. As it was I would definitely have needed my telephoto lens as he was far enough away and down wind so Oz didn't draw his attention by barking.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-12-16 15:26:12 -0600 Report

Wow, that's quite a variety of wildlife! Do you take a camera with you on your walks?

BandonBob
BandonBob 2010-12-16 16:37:26 -0600 Report

I haven't been because of having to throw the ball for Oz. I'm going to start slipping it in my pocket to see if I can catch some of them.

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