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Nature Is Getting Ready For the Fall Season

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on September 25, 2017 00:17

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Even chipmunks are stashing supplies for winter.

We took a trip to Yosemite National Park to see nature's way of getting the park ready for the fall season. There were people everywhere walking around, riding bicycles, horseback riding and taking tours in park buses.

When we arrived in the morning, the weather was kind-of chilly, and then became hot in the afternoon. Around evening time, a lightning storm hit the park and lasted about an hour then moved on. The ground had a nice, fresh smell that you get after a rainstorm.

The next morning, I got dressed and left the campsite for a walk in the park’s meadow to find a place where I could sit down and read a book in the meadow’s quietness.

I placed a blanket on the ground next to a tree, sat down and leaned up against the tree, and took out a book and a soda from my backpack. I started to read about Mark Twain’s journey across the United States to join his brother in Carson City.

After reading two chapters, I had a feeling that I was being watched. Looking around, I could see several deer eating, a mother bear with her cubs and several hikers moving fast through the meadow. But that feeling of being watched did not go away.

I saw a slight movement in the tree next to where I was sitting. While watching the movement, I saw a small chipmunk looking at me with its big brown eyes. He seemed to be irritated about something.

I did not move, and after several minutes he came down the tree and scooted toward the tree that I was leaning against. He went behind the tree and disappeared. Then, I heard a slight noise in the tree. It sounded like a rock hitting a small drum. I then realized that he was placing something in the tree for his winter stash. I read two more paragraphs of the book and went back to the camp site.

This story shows that animals in the park are not scared of humans. Usually when animals see a human they will run away. If they are threatened, they will stay and defend themselves.

The trip to Yosemite showed us nature's way of taking care of the park, and how animals get ready for the fall season.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on September 25, 2017 00:17

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