Thank You to Don Bush & John Hopkins for the wonderful artwork!
I am insulted.
Belleayre Beach has started offering this new activity called an Eco-hunt. And they did not include me.
The Eco-hunt is essentially a treasure hunt – at Belleayre Beach it revolves around some of the animals that live in the park. There are poems and maps and clues and hidden canisters. And interesting facts about the animals hunters are hunting.
Here’s what they say: “They Eco-hunt is an independent activity for people of all ages – encouraging exploration of the Belleayre Beach Day Use Area beyond the beach. Young childen should be accompanied by an adult. Older children need the permission of an adult to participate on their own.
“Six Eco-canisters containing Hunt Cards are hidden in various locations in the park.
“Inside each Eco-canister you will find a HUNT CARD (this is your quarry), an Eco-hunt Log and a pencil. Each canister holds a different card – collect all six.”
Hunters get a clue sheet and a Belleayre Beach map and a poem about each animal. Find the canisters with the enclosed cards. Hunt Cards have a picture and unusual facts about each animal.
Why didn’t they include me? What’s more unusual than a huge, wild cat that’s roamed the Catskill Mountains for 10,000 years – a one-of-a-kind bobcat relative that skis and writes and swims (but does not talk).
You want a poem. Well here’s my poem:
I am a large feline
I’m handsome and bold.
I’ve lived here for centuries.
I’m ancient, not old.
A “freak” some have called me
Because of my age.
I’m Lucky, I counter.
I’m wise and I’m sage.
Don’t know why I’ve lived
For so many years.
I’ve seen glaciers and mammoths
Now autos and skiers.
I love my home mountains,
Belleayre most of all.
I’m thankful to be here
Each spring, summer, fall.
Winter’s my favorite
Season to be
The Beast of Belleayre
‘Cause I love to ski.
So there’s my poem, penned by the Most Interesting Feline in the World.
I should be part of the Eco-hunt.
Oh well. You can try the Eco-hunt at Belleayre Beach on Sundays.
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