OK, I took a couple of days off to go camping with the family.
We went up to Banning State Park, near Sandstone, and spent a couple of days hiking and climbing around on rocks. Very fun.
On the way home today, there was a “huh?” moment…
A number of them, actually, strung together in a series that culminated in a huge “ah-hah!” moment…only to be followed by a WTF? moment. Let me explain.
We were driving back into the Twin Cities in 35W south. Up ahead of us was what looked like a pick-up with a wooden topper, and some sort of machinery or something on top of it.
Rocky and I were staring at it, each in our own independent head-space trying to interpret the image that our eyes were bringing us.
“What the heck is on that truck?” Rocky finally asked.
“I don’t know. It looks like some sort of machinery, but the color and texture look too…organic to be metal…”
“Are those bear?”
“No”, I began to say derisively, when all of the sudden, everything sort of blinked into focus, and my brain jumped in with a whole new interpretation of the data.
“Yes!” I yelled, “And that big thing sticking up behind them is a moose head! (viewed from beneath…) and the smaller thing sticking up in front is a deer or elk head!”
As we gained on the vehicle a little, we were able to see what can only be described as a bear rampant, It’s head and extended paw jutting out from the passenger window.
The vagaries of Twin Cities traffic conspired to prevent us from seeing much more than that.
A moose head (nose in the air, antlers obviously laying flush with the top of the truck), two bear on either side of it, (laying on their backs, noses and front paws sticking up), and a deer or elk head (also nose up) behind them, and a bear hanging out the passenger window.
WTF? I mean…there are several rational explanations…a big game hunter who is moving…and has to transport his trophies SOMEHOW…
A taxidermist who is on his way to a trade show and has to bring some examples of his work along…
A collector of big game trophies who is just coming back from an auction…
Still…I’ve never seen anything like that.
It doesn’t defy explanation or description…but I think it counts as Anomalous Data, and I thought that it might amuse you as much as it amused me.