Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).
I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.
But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.
Max. zoom on my Google Pixel 4. It was (I think) about 150-yards away.
ALAS, that is as far as the Pixel 4 would zoom. Yes, not great quality.
Video, below, is slightly better.
Same bobcat I saw on Monday. Same road, about 1/4-mile to the South (i.e., towards Barnstead). Opposite the entrance to our beach. That was where the initial reports were from — & it obviously hangs around there.
To be honest, I was hoping to see it today. I walked around that area, twice, in a loop — hoping to see it. Luck, for a change, was on my side, today.
It was 10:35am.
I have 33-seconds worth of pictures & the video is 50-seconds. Might have taken me 20-seconds to get the phone. So, he/she was out there staring at me for just over 2-minutes.
It started moving away when we both heard a car approaching. Not sure how long it would have stayed but for that. Did NOT seem afraid of I, but we were quite far apart. It could have got used to humans by now.
22-years ago I had a similar encounter, on the banks of Winnipesaukee, in Meredith (Mile Point), with a HUGE wolf. We were a bit closer & I had two golden puppies, on leashes, at my feet. He also was not inclined to move away. Just stood there & stared. But, in that case, we suspect, he had come looking for the two pups!
I am sure more folks will now be out looking for it. Hhhhmmmm.
I walk, just up from there, every night, for a mile! Wonder whether he will come to see me again. I wear a rather headlight. Have seen deer nearly every night this week. 1st time I have seen any deer until then!
So …. A bear & a bobcat this Summer. What fun. Am I going to carry any spray. Heck NO! Might take my walking stick more often. SMILE.
The bear encounter from 3-weeks ago. What fun. Have I told you that I once petted a Bengal Tiger through the bars of an open-air zoo. This was in the U.K. Zoo was next door (though ‘next door’ was like 4-miles away). I used to go sit with him in the evenings after work. SMILE.
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I am sure this is the latest 1st lake swim in my life. But, I could be wrong. I am sure I usually have had one by June 15th. But, 4-days here or there. It was quite warm. 90F so the water felt good. Muscles not used to swimming. Has been a long time since I swam. Well, the duck (quite literally is broken). With luck I will be swimming most days — well into September.