🐺Gob-smacked? Sounds too ugly for one of my best moments. Awe-struck? Seems more appropriately pleasant, but not grand enough. So I don’t know. Who cares? I care. How about Awe-smacked?
In late 2017 I heard a radio interview on CBC with an author (Nate Blakeslee) about his book, ‘The Wolf’. What grabbed my attention in this segment (outside of the fact that I already thought wolves were cool AF, have a wolf magnet thermometer on my fridge, a gigantic wolf tee shirt to sleep in, whatever wolf stuff I can find...) was the fact that this story is a near-biographical non-fiction wolf story, likened to the closest thing we have to a wolf’s diary. So I got it, and I read it. It’s main figure is a badass alpha female named O6. Blakeslee made it clear as he wrapped up the interview that O6’s story, while amazing, isn’t actually that special...it’s just the one that we know. He said that all wolves lead wonderful lives full of basic survival, complex relationships, empathy, drama, tragedy, etc. ‘The Wolf’ is a fascinating read. SOOO on this trip, with our visit to Yellowstone on the horizon, one spot I knew we had to stop was the Lamar Valley. I had high hopes of rolling into that area, maybe meeting some of the folks who helped tell O6’s story (possibly even Rick himself if I’m lucky), and best of all...seeing wolves.
At dusk, as we drove along the road toward The Valley, I said to Steven “it’s so cool thinking all those people in the book would drive this every day” and “hi wolves I’m here now, you can come see me if you want” with my face pressed up to the window.
Then everything I hoped for A C T U A L L Y happened. Met Rick (an important wolf observer + expert of the wolf population and Wolf Project in the park and big part of the book), saw a wolf pack lead by two head-butting females hunting Bison, & had tears in my eyes with my jaw on the ground.
Sept 20 2018: Awe-smacked!
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