Here where we live in northern California, we boast the largest municipal park in the nation. Parts of it look like deep wilderness, until you hear a car horn from just a few dozen yards away. Other parts are truly wild, inhabited by bobcats, eagles, lynx, bears, and cougars. Some of our favorite and most frequently glimpsed wildlife are the deer. 

For reasons I can understand (I’d feel the same way if I were a deer), they like to hang out on the golf course in Upper Park. The grass is well-tended and hunting is unlawful. Thus, the deer have little to fear from humans and, although not at all tame, they are unafraid if we don’t approach too closely. 

One day last week, my hubby and I decided to take a short drive. We wanted to visit the neighbors. It didn’t take long to discover them. We found the yearling girls grazing peacefully together with the Boys’ Club slightly removed. A few minutes later, they wandered nearer and we got an even better view.

That’s when I chose to pay our friends a more personal visit. One of the young bucks lifted his head and twitched an ear, letting me know he was keeping an eye on me, but other than that, they behaved in a neighborly manner and we had a pleasant time.  This is just one of the things I love about the beautiful place where we live.

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