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dewey02

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Posted: 02/16/18 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many years ago, our family was in the car going for a country drive.
Nice weather, windows down, enjoying the scenery.
A grouse flies toward the car, hits the windshield pillar and lands in the back seat of the car.
That evening, I tasted my first grouse at dinner! My mom never wasted an opportunity.

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Another one, this one more recent being just about 2 years ago.
Driving on a 2 lane US highway in northern Minnesota. Pickup truck a good distance ahead of me has an aluminum stock tank in the bed, not tied down. Wind is flopping it around a lot. Then a big gust picks up the stock tank and flips it end over end as it goes high above the pickup and comes flying (literally flying). I slow down and move into oncoming traffic lane as the stock tank zooms past on my right.

* This post was edited 02/16/18 08:26pm by dewey02 *

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Many years ago a friend of mine from Colorado went to Minnesota to visit some friends. On the way there he ran into a large group of turkeys in the road. He figured they would get out of the way if he made some noise and zoomed through them. Guess again. He killed a lot of turkeys and went to jail for a night until he could reimberse the farmer for the lost birds of which there were about 30.

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About 8 years ago, I was visiting the Las Vegas area and wanted to take in the Hoover Dam tour. I had the camper on the truck and while driving towards the dam and visitors center, an employee was flagging over any RV’s that were entering the facility. They asked to look inside the camper as it was standard procedure to look inside since all RV’s at the time had to cross the actual dam to park on the other side since campers would not fit in the new (at the time) parking garage. I complied, they peeked inside and drove over the dam to the large vehicle parking lot.

I crossed the dam, parked on the other side, walked back over the dam to the visitor’s center and took the tour. After several hours of tour, visitor’s center, walking around I was ready to leave... I was tired and hungry having been in the casinos rather late the night before. I walked over the dam again back to my truck. I wanted to head into Boulder City to get some food. I tried to return to my vehicle but as I get to the entry into the parking lot I noticed that there were orange cones crossing the parking entrance as if to not let any new cars to enter... thought it kinda’ funny since there were many empty spots... in fact, my truck camper was the only vehicle in the lot.

As I walked past the cones I abruptly met by a parking security official asking me what I was doing. I said I am going to my vehicle.
“Which one is yours” I was asked.
I said it is the truck camper towards the end of the lot as I pointed to it.

“YOU are the person we have been waiting for” barked the parking guard!
Immediately my suspicions went on high alert.
“We cannot let you leave!” WHAT I retorted!

“We cannot let you leave until we take care of the swarm of bees on your truck, now that you are here we can take the necessary steps.”

I was dumfounded.

They told me now that I am here I can give authorization for a Department of Agriculture bee keeper to come and harvest and relocate the queen after which the rest would leave my truck in search of the queen’s new locations.

How long will this take I inquired.
They said it might be a couple of hours before the beekeeper would arrive and then however long it took the bees to relocate… it could end up being many hours. I told them that I would just drive away and let the bees fall off as I was in motion.

“We cannot let you do that- we need to ethically relocate these bees.”
I was furious!

One of the rent-o-cops said I could hop in the passenger seat of his car and he drove me past my truck, which was mostly covered in bees on the hood, grill and right side of the front fender, side cab and along the side bed. There was a perfect circle about five feet diameter some 25 feet away. They surmised that someone who parked in the same lot after me poured out a large cup of soda. The dispersion pattern of the drink is where the bees were flying from that perfect circle on the ground several feet away. Somewhere on my truck was the queen bee. The windshield and driver’s door and side had no bees. We drove back to the parking lot entry where the cones blocked it off.

As we got back to the entrance, a dam maintenance man arrived. We told him the situation, as he is the one who would be calling the beekeeper. He drove to my truck to asses the situation. When he returned, he asked me what I wanted to do. I said that I was told that I need to have a beekeeper perform a queen extraction. Maintenance man said we could do that or I could just get in it and drive off. I was very pleased to hear that as I grin-smirked at the paring attendant.
“Yea, just drive off and stop by our maintenance garage and I get some soapy water and we will take care of them bees.”

Thank goodness for common sense employees. You can guess which option I took.


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In the mid-70's, I was stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB outside Gwinn, MI. My family was up from the Chicago area camping at Little Lake, MI. I had a couple of my brothers and sisters with me. Mid-summer so driving down a dirt road out the back of KI on my way to the campground with the windows open. A bee flew in the side window, hit my shoulder, and dropped into my shirt pocket. Road was empty, thankfully, as I came to a dusty, full brake, stop, jumping out of the car and tearing off my shirt before the dazed bee came around enough to decide to be upset and sting me. Meanwhile, my siblings, all in their lower teens, tweens, and single digits, are all staring out the car at me, trying to figure out just what the heck I was doing.

I finally got it out of my pocket, put the shirt back on, and climbed back into the car. As we drove the rest of the way to the campsite, I was explaining to them what had happened. None of them ever saw the bee. We got to camp, and they are all chattering on to Mom and Dad how their big brother had a fit while driving.


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Who's to say that wild turkey hadn't imbibed of wild turkey before he/she/it flew across the road? [emoticon]

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For me it was a wild turkey (not the alcoholic type) crossed the highway, seemingly out of nowhere, and bounced off the glass, and then continued on into the brush and woods, never to be seen again.

This topic brings to mind some of the other "flying objects" along the highways and freeways stories on the news lately. People, often dumb kids or teens, dropping or hurling heavy objects off overpasses at vehicles, in some cases doing serious damage and grievous injury, or worse, to their occupants passing underneath at freeway speeds.
Be aware. I now tend to look for pedestrians on overpasses as we approach them, just in case. If someone does throw something at you, about all you can do is brace for impact, but it's better than nothing.



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RaenMark wrote:

A bee flew in the side window, hit my shoulder, and dropped into my shirt pocket. Road was empty, thankfully, as I came to a dusty, full brake, stop, jumping out of the car and tearing off my shirt before the dazed bee came around enough to decide to be upset and sting me.


Many years back my (then) wife and I were riding my sport bike back home from our family farm, it was a beautiful warm summer evening just before dark. In the distance I could see a big fat bumblebee heading straight for my high beam (to catch the eyes of deer or other critters) and no matter which way I moved in the lane that bee was vectored straight on at me.

At the very last second, and with the bee heading straight at my face, I tipped my head way over to the side to let it harmlessly go past me.

Big mistake!

It nailed my wife right smack between the eyes,thankfully she was wearing a full-face helmet, and it apparently sounded like a gunshot and instantly created a blinding splatter on her visor. Her instincts kicked in and I received a very hearty rendition of the Heimlich Manouver at 60 mph as she gripped my waist for all she was worth!

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Last spring I poured myself an afternoon drink of Wild Turkey bourbon. I walked around the trailer I was staring at a wild turkey.

Pulled into campsite no 47 in Yellowstone and there were 40 elk already there with a giant herd bull right where I was supposed to put my rig.

I was late to a meeting with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe up by Fort Hall in Idaho. I was driving a dirt road in the bottom of a canyon and came around a corner to see 4,000 sheep being driven by a wagon, a couple guys on horse back and bunch of dogs. They were wall to wall and it took about 15-20 minutes for them to pass.

Two years ago I was on a fall fishing trip with my brother. One morning we went into town for breakfast. On the road back to the lake at about 0900 a mountain lion crossed right in front of my truck.

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RaenMark wrote:

In the mid-70's, I was stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB outside Gwinn, MI. My family was up from the Chicago area camping at Little Lake, MI. I had a couple of my brothers and sisters with me. Mid-summer so driving down a dirt road out the back of KI on my way to the campground with the windows open. A bee flew in the side window, hit my shoulder, and dropped into my shirt pocket. Road was empty, thankfully, as I came to a dusty, full brake, stop, jumping out of the car and tearing off my shirt before the dazed bee came around enough to decide to be upset and sting me. Meanwhile, my siblings, all in their lower teens, tweens, and single digits, are all staring out the car at me, trying to figure out just what the heck I was doing.

I finally got it out of my pocket, put the shirt back on, and climbed back into the car. As we drove the rest of the way to the campsite, I was explaining to them what had happened. None of them ever saw the bee. We got to camp, and they are all chattering on to Mom and Dad how their big brother had a fit while driving.


Your experience reminded me of this scene from Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, which is a movie about the further summer vacation adventures of Ralphie Parker (of A Christmas Story - BB Gun fame).
Is this how you acted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHBSnFIt60A

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dewey02 wrote:

RaenMark wrote:

In the mid-70's, I was stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB outside Gwinn, MI. My family was up from the Chicago area camping at Little Lake, MI. I had a couple of my brothers and sisters with me. Mid-summer so driving down a dirt road out the back of KI on my way to the campground with the windows open. A bee flew in the side window, hit my shoulder, and dropped into my shirt pocket. Road was empty, thankfully, as I came to a dusty, full brake, stop, jumping out of the car and tearing off my shirt before the dazed bee came around enough to decide to be upset and sting me. Meanwhile, my siblings, all in their lower teens, tweens, and single digits, are all staring out the car at me, trying to figure out just what the heck I was doing.

I finally got it out of my pocket, put the shirt back on, and climbed back into the car. As we drove the rest of the way to the campsite, I was explaining to them what had happened. None of them ever saw the bee. We got to camp, and they are all chattering on to Mom and Dad how their big brother had a fit while driving.


Your experience reminded me of this scene from Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss, which is a movie about the further summer vacation adventures of Ralphie Parker (of A Christmas Story - BB Gun fame).
Is this how you acted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHBSnFIt60A



I've never seen that movie . I will have to check it out now

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