Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sometimes It's the Huge and Vicious Things That Count

We have worked hard here in Megalopoland to teach Grasshopper how to be a smart, green little baby. She shares, so long as she gets something she wants at the same time somebody else does. Her drinks have never been tained by the taste of old plastic. Her butt has rarely been covered in poo, her hair has never been covered in sodium laurel sulfates. She has eaten cherry tomatoes from our own organic garden, she has learned to love molasses (thanks Amit) and is a pretty good little green baby. We thought we were teaching her to make intelligent, thoughtful choices that would guide her through life. But as we exited the plane in Missoula, and headed towards the stairs we passed this seven or eight foot tall Grizzly:

Grasshopper saw it, ran towards it full tilt, squealing, "Doggy, doggy, doggy!" and then hugged the bear's giant glass cage.

Thus proving that sometimes it isn't the little things that count. Sometimes it's the very, very, big, and vicious things.

Sadly, or perhaps luckily with Grasshopper's track record, we didn't see a live bear or moose, though we saw tracks. We saw Rock Creek freezing over, and deer, and this crazy bird that only comes to Rock Creek in the winter. It dives into the freezing water and digs for crazy, cold-loving insects. In the photo above Grasshopper is proving that so long as you have a daddy's chest nearby, it is possible to take a snooze sub-zero land.


jp said...

wow. that stream with the snow is so wild.

GreenDaddy said...

It's hard to tell, but I am wearing the baby in the picture. She's the red column of warmness against my chest.

Henitsirk said...

That's pretty funny: doggie doggie!
That would be a good lesson to learn ahead of time.

I'm watching the little creek in our backyard freeze over right now, being buried in several inches of sleet. Isn't winter fun?

cake said...

that stream is gorgeous! what a wonderful photo.

dig this chick said...

Just stumbled upon your blog...and caught the grizzly right away as I see that airport every time I fly. I live in Missoula...hope you had a great vacation!