We’ve been living in Colorado for one year now, can you believe it? It’s a little different, living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, especially for someone who grew up near the ocean.
Here are some of the things we’ve learned this year:
1. Do not leave your trash cans out on the curb the night before pick-up or bears will get into them.
2. Only mountain newbies forget to drag the trashcans back to the house after trash pick-up and leave them out over night. Bears will check to make sure they are really empty.
3. Don’t forget to close your garage door at night, especially if you have a chest freezer full of deer meat. Bears will get at your freezer and steal your meat. This happened to a neighbor.
4. The police are very reluctant to come and assist with the removal of a bear eating deer meat in your tree.
5. That lovely rubbed-oil lever-handled door knob you just installed in your back door? Bears can open it to get at the kitty treats inside. And by kitty treats, I mean the actual cats. Keep yer backdoor locked, ya flatlander!
8. Did I mention the bears? Here’s one at our neighbor’s house a couple of months ago.
9. The dogs we hear howling at night sometimes are not dogs. They are coyotes. They live in the bluff across the street. This one:
All these wildlife spottings have sparked this daily conversation in our house:
Boo: I’m going to get the mail.
Pumpkin Girl and Bip, without hint of irony, sarcasm or emotion: Don’t get eaten by bears!
That’s love, right there.
Cats are friends, not food.