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Ed Mathieu, moose whisperer
6/17/2013 8:41:08 AM by: Elsi

Thirteen.

 

I saw thirteen moose this week, which more than met my expectations and hopes for my dream vacation.

 

It started last winter, when a friend's daughter sent me a link to an article in a Virginia newspaper. I read about a man and his guide seeing moose tracks in the snow ... clicked on the website ... emailed the guide ... and drove from Boulder, Colorado, to Greenville, Maine, this June for a photo moose safari.

 

That's 2100 miles, one-way, in a 30-foot Winnebago, accompanied by my beagle and a small saber-toothed tiger cleverly disguised as a tabby cat. We went into Ontario on the way, so I could take pictures at Uncle Tom's Cabin. And I'll visit Acadia National Park and go on a whale-watch cruise out of Boothbay Harbor while I'm in Maine.

 

But my main focus was seeing moose in the wild, and Ed Mathieu more than delivered. The woods here are full of moose guides, and I'm sure they all provide wonderful moose sightings for their clients. But Ed ... he's something special.

 

I can tally the moose: several cows and young bulls on the roadside, others grazing in lakes, a cow in a pond with her two-week-old calf curled up in the bushes. I have the pictures to prove it, and my expensive new camera gave me wonderful close-ups.

 

Our second morning, Ed and I walked a soggy trail to where he has a canoe stashed. He pointed out hoof prints in the mud, gave me a hand up "God's staircase" of roots, and identified trees along the way. Then he put me in the bow of the canoe—me, at 66, with




 

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