Monday, June 4, 2012

What is Meaner Then a Junk Yard Dog?

Moose #1 in town

Moose #2 at cabin
What is meaner then a junk yard dog?  A moose....

 During my trip to Alaska we saw at least one everyday we were there.  They are munching on new grass.  It was a long winter for them.  Alaska set a record for snowfall this year at about 315 inches of snow.  That is a lot of snow.  I understand that the moose would walk up on top of the piles of snow (from cleaning roadways, drives, and etc) and munch on the trees,  so the grass must taste good.  Nearly every moose I saw was eating grass like there was no tomorrow.   As you drive down the roadways you can see where the trees have been eaten away.  These animals are large, very large, and what I have been told very mean, they will kill you.  In other words you cannot give them a hug.  The first picture I took of one was walking around the town of Kenai.  This girl had to be a young one.  It was pretty small.  Even being small I would not have wanted to run into her in a dark alley.  Moose #2 came to visit at the cabin.  He was thirsty and drank a lot from the lake.

Moose #3 at cabin
Moose #3 was big.  I took her picture from inside the cabin.  She was much too close to go outside to do it.  I went from room to room taking her picture.  She was a hungary girl.  She just kept munching on grass as she went. 

I have many pictures of moose.  If I can figure out how to do a "flicker" I will add it to the bottom of my blog.

Alaska Batik Fabric
Alaska/Nebraska quilt
Alaska/Nebraska Quilt
During my visits to the quilt shops I picked up enough pieces of fabric mostly 1/2 yards to make an Alaska quilt.  I thought it would be nice to make a quilt only from fabric that I had purchased in Alaska and to note it on my label.  These are all batiks.  They had a few that had been made for Alaska.  As you can see from the prints they have, bears, wolves, moose, puffins  fish and etc.  The fabrics are lovely. 

For more on Alaska check the previous posting and this will be continued............


  1. So glad you got to go and I love your fabrics. Can't wait to see what design you come up with.

  2. Yes, once you see a moose close up you have great respect for them....they are HUGE!

    Happy Sewing

  3. I used to live right outside Yellowstone and loved seeing the moose. I have a lot of those same fabrics :)

  4. Your quilt will be lovely and make such a good memory. Thanks for posting Moose pictures. I'm in So Cal and we don't get that kind of wildlife here!!

  5. Seen on a roadside somewhere in New England: Moose - Across the road they run - they are big - Don't hit one. Sounded like a good idea to me and your pictures prove the point.