Saturday, June 13, 2009

Doe, a Deer...

Last night after the kids were in bed, Mike went out to see how the garden fared with our daily rainstorms this last week. On his way out the door, he was surprised to see a doe standing in the middle of the garden! For those of you who don't know where my house is, I live on a 4-lane highway, with a spectacular view of the freeway just behind the businesses across the street, which then rolls down onto Hill Air Force Base. How in the world a deer managed to get through the AFB, over the freeway, across the highway and into my garden is definitely beyond me! At most, our wildlife consists of ferral cats we see darting throught the field behind the vacant house next door, and we even had a duck take up residence at the mortuary earlier in the spring (until said cats found her, that is...), and of course we have lots of robins and paper wasps, but deer? Not in the 10 years we've been married have we seen one in Roy, let alone our yard.

Anyway, Mike yell-whispered to me that there was a deer in the garden, so I jumped up (I'll let you imagine that for a minute) to find my camera while he ran downstairs to get the kids. By the time we all converged on the deck, the deer had made it's way into the field to the north, and we could only catch glimpses of it from there. It finally jumped back through the neighboring yard and somehow avoided being hit by a car or two on the highway as it crossed the street and disappeared behind the loan store. Katie slept through the whole thing, but after finding out about it this morning said she needed "proof." Sign-seeker. Mike took her out to the garden to show her the hoofprints, which was enough to satisfy her, and Bridget just kept asking if it was a deer or a donkey we saw. A donkey certainly would've been more believeable, but these pictures do prove otherwise.

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