I lived most of my life in the big city of Philadelphia and moved to rural Bucks County in 2005. It will be 10 years in August.
Yesterday I am driving a very familiar route I take three times a week to the gym for my water aerobic classes. I am on the very heavily traveled Easton Road in Warrington waiting to turn into the parking lot where my gym is located. “Why is there a car sitting in front of me not moving? Is there something wrong with the driver?”, I wonder. I turn on my left turn signal waiting to maneuver my car around this car when I see a large turtle, very slowly making his way over to the side of the road.
While I am laughing at this scene, I am reminded of another day when I was driving on route 202. (This is a new constructed highway built about two years ago to help the flow of traffic in our area of the county.) I approach cars that have stopped on both the east and west sides of the highway. I am wondering what happened? Suddenly, if I didn’t see this with my own eyes, I would not believe it, a mother duck with her babies were waddling across the busy highway.
One day I heard a knocking sound in the woods across the street and I was told it was a wood pecker. A neighbor found a large garden snake on our lawn. I am happy I missed that one. Occasionally I need to leave my house early to sit for my grandchildren and I hear a bird I could share is whistling at me like a man would whistle at a woman. Finally, I was looking out my back window and almost called 911. I thought I saw a large animal that looked like a mountain lion. A neighbor told me it was a fox.
Hence the title of this post, “lions, tigers and bears…oh my!!” I am not fretting, I love it. For a city girl…this is the real life. If I was still living in Philadelphia, the only sounds I would be hearing would be police helicopters over our house, police sirens and probably gun shots and fire engines.
By the way, our development is across the way from a shooting range, so, I do hear guns; however no fear, they are just hitting targets……I hope😉