Friday, February 18, 2011

Mountain Lions and Zombies

Earlier this week Mr. Gill and I went hiking in a gulch. This place was built by the community and has little informational signs along the way telling you about the area, the wildlife and also weird random poems. I was kind of weirded out by all the poems.....mostly because I assumed these little signs were strictly for information, you know-like at the museums or something.

In the Gulch

Anyway, we were hiking along and it was beautiful and we are just talking about whatever.....probably me talking about what recipe I want to try next and Mr. Gill giving me a history lesson on how the gulch was developed or rambling on about quantum physics.
So....we are walking and we come upon this sign that says there are wolves and mountain lions in the area.......which of course I get all freaked out about! Just a little bit, you know....I ask Mr. Gill what is his plan to save us from mountain lions and wolves, because I know that I don't have a plan and someone needs to HAVE A PLAN!
Thankfully he has a plan. He says if we run into a mountain lion we are supposed to stand together and raise our arms up so we look like a big scary monster thing and freak out the lion. ok-cool. I can do that. What about the wolves? "Oh, I don't know about wolves."
THAT WAS HIS ANSWER-I don't know how you save you my precious wife against a wolf attack-I guess I'll be the one that gets away because I'm faster than you and the wolf will pick up the slowest of the pack.
Which is me-it's ALWAYS ME!
But, I was not ok with this-Mr. Gill has a plan for a Zombie attack-why does he not know how to save us from wolves? So I told him-the likelihood of a zombie attack in Boise Idaho is MUCH smaller than the likelihood of a wolf attack in Boise Idaho. Just sayin'. Get YOUR GAME ON GILL!
This was about the time that I saw a white streak RUN across the path in front of us. So....I slow down....and look around....and I saw it again-and it stood up on a rock!
so CUTE!
It was this adorable weasely ferret thing. It leaped in front of us on the path and ran around from hiding place to little rock to patch of grass for about ten minutes. Mr. Gill and I felt like we were on a treasure hunt almost-like he was going to lead us to a pot of gold or where the unicorns are or something equally as awesome. (or I thought that.....Mr. Gill probably just thought he was cute)
It totally made our hike more like an adventure, a nice one-not a "I might get eaten by a wolf because my husband has no plan" adventure.....which, really is more like a nightmare than adventure.
At the Top
We lost our little buddy after about 10 minutes....I like to call him Alfred. Alfred left us after 10 minutes because he must have decided we weren't special enough to meet the unicorns. Maybe next time we'll be able to impress him. Because I bet the leprechauns are hiding in the SAME PLACE! I mean, they probably have to watch out for the unicorn hooves to not crush them, because the leprechauns are so little you know....but it totally makes sense they'd all be hiding together.

Us almost home
We did finish our 7 mile hike with no wolf encounters. We didn't see any mountain lions either-OR zombies! Mr. Gill still has a little bit of time I suppose to come up with a plan for when wolves attack! 
Although, I think maybe his zombie plan might need some tweaking too now that we're out in the mountains....I feel like you only see the dumb zombies in large metro areas, not so much in the wilderness. We will be attacked by the smart and fast zombies, you know when it will happen I will be attacked first because they always get whoever is at the back of the pack and it's ME! It's always ME!



  1. Hey Jenny, Your blog totally rocks! Your writing would definitely appeal to teens. You should think about writing a teenagers book. They would love your suspense and comedy. I can see you writing a column for The Boise Weekly or Idaho Statesman about the locals and spots to hit or do. I do recommend carrying a gun while hiking, to at least scare off wildlife. Idahoans do often carry guns and sometimes you will see them carry them on their side as if they are from the old west. Hum...kinda different but its freedom I guess. I hope you stay safe from wolves and zombies, coyotes, elk and hawks. Hope you are enjoying the north end and foothills, they are beautiful. Have you gotten up to Table rock yet? There are small caves that we have explored & are great fun. Boise has a lot of marathon's...will you run this summer? I'll join you.

  2. If I was in Idaho I'd totally be a gunslinger, of the water pistol variety.

  3. I agree with Colleen. I can definitely see you writing for a column in the local paper. Or even a book. :)

  4. Yeah, I think a gun or something that makes noise would be a good thing to bring w/you on your hikes. Sounds like you're having fun!

  5. Hilarious! I have to stick up for Michael here always have to be ready for zombies! I just posted a blog about my plan for zombies too (kind of) - check it out at