Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Loon Watch 2010 is now over. As a volunteer, I was tasked with surveying three bodies of water in Southern Vermont for loons. I found zero.
My count was not helped by the fact that I spent two hours trying to find one of the ponds. Infamous navigational skills at work! (Anthropological diagnosis: I was totally a gatherer in my past life.)
But I did find other cool things. Like a crumbling mill on a washed out section of Howe Pond Road. I crossed a decommissioned bridge (adrenaline high for the risk averse!) and admired the rushing water beneath. I had a close encounter with a red-tailed hawk on a dirt road. I drove up a dirt road that turned into a hiking path and had to spend a few minutes driving the Subaru in reverse. I talked to a Census Worker who had not brushed his hair in a very long time.
I also talked to some very strange men in a general store near Readsboro:
MMB: How do you get to Howe Pond? I'm on Howe Pond Road - I don't get it.
Strange Men: I haven't been up there since college!
Strange Men: Well, it's kind of grown up back there. You might find a logging trail?
Strange Men: Why you need to go up there anyway?
MMB: I'm looking for loons.
Strange Men: (amused silence. One scratches his back hair, which is curling over his collar and around his neck.)
Strange Men: You gone find some loons up there, just not the type you're looking for.
Loonless in Vermont