By: Jennifer Bateman | Friday, August 16, 2013
A few nights ago I set my alarm for 1:00 am and got up to watch the meteor shower. The night was clear, perfectly still, and oh so quiet. The bugs were non-existant, and in long pants and a hooded sweatshirt I was plenty warm.
I laid down on the dock and focused on the night sky, ready for the show, but it was slow. After seeing only three or four meteors in about twenty minutes, I was starting to lose interest and was thinking about heading in. Just then I heard the slight sound of water moving near the shore. I figured it was just some minnows coming to the surface to eat some water bugs, but as it got louder I decided it was too much commotion for a few minnows. So my next thought was that it was probably a family of ducks swimming along the lakeshore, diving and eating as they went. It sounded like they were now swimming under the dock I was laying on. Curious to know exactly what I was sharing the night with, I remembered that I had my small flashlight with me. I sat up and switched in on, expecting to see a family of ducks, but to my surprise, three sets of glowing eyes were looking at me! Their heads bobbed up and down, and they "hissed" at me a little. Thankfully they were not interested in coming any closer to me, but were curious enough to study me over. They moved along the shore, all in the same direction, looking back at me every so often to be sure I wasn't following. I watched and quietly listened to them for about five minutes. My flashlight wasn't strong enough to illuminate their bodies, only their eyes. My first thought is they were the otters that several guests have seen in the inlets this summer. Bob also suggested they could have been raccoons. Whichever animal it was, it added a lot of excitement to the night. When at the lake, always be on the lookout for wildlife, because you never know where it's going to turn up! It turned out to be a GREAT night on the dock!
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer Bateman, along with her husband Bob, owns and operates Two Inlets Resort, which she believes is one of the best Minnesota resorts! It is located in Park Rapids, MN and is near Itasca State Park. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the resort and in the surrounding area.