With Canada Day behind us, and the Fourth of July tomorrow, my thoughts are on fireworks, patriotism and turkeys. If this were an SAT question about which word doesn’t fit, I am sure you could guess, turkeys.
Every year at this time, the wild turkeys that roam around our yard have their little turkeys. Usually this is not a huge issue, but this year Bailey is not quite as smart about the turkeys as Sooke and is going after the little guys. Anyone who knows turkeys can guess the real concern here is not for the babies, but Bailey. Wild turkeys are serious about protecting their young. So far we have been able to stop any harm from happening. But any love I had for the wild turkeys is long gone. I just want them somewhere else.
Besides dealing with Bailey and the turkey issue, this is also the first year Bailey has been around for fireworks. Here in Montana, fireworks are like guns, everyone is loudly shooting them off well before the 4th. I am guessing there is some law that encourages (I say encourages because it is not that effective) folks to wait until the 4th for the big stuff. So far the occasional pops are causing Bailey to bark and become alarmed, so I imagine the 4th might be a long night.
We don’t usually go anywhere. Our outdoor fire pit area provides an excellent view of the the various displays and a small circle of friends is much more appealing to me than the crowds and parties down by the lake.
This is the biggest weekend for tourists in our area. It officially marks the opening of Glacier National Park’s Going to the Sun Road and folks start flocking to the park and the lakes that make this area very special. It is the first summer I will be here. The last couple years I was heading off to Gabriola for the Phase. I am excited about being home for what’s considered our best months and hopefully getting out to discover some off-road adventures.
I feel very fortunate to have two great nations to call home. On Canada Day I was a part of a wonderful event at The Green Tea House. The event was a fundraiser for a Peace Garden. It was very successful and seemed a perfect marker for me to celebrate Canada. I do think of Canada as a peaceful nation. I doubt many there realized the importance of the date. But Canada seems to like a low profile, so that fits.
Not so with the USA. Our holidays are big and generally known well beyond our borders. Sure, sometimes the narcissism and grandiosity is a bit much, but I am grateful to live here even with all of the issues and controversy.
I am definitely of two nations and enjoy the opportunity to celebrate each during this first week of July!
Now back to turkey patrol.