Al Ain Zoo
United Arab Emirates
April 19, 2016
Many, many years ago, my wife at the time, the late Alice Dawn and I took a road trip from New York to San Francisco. We visited her younger sister, the late Carolyn Dawn and her family. On the way, we stopped in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Alice was a proficient horsewoman so we decided to take a two-hour early evening ride into the Grand Tetons. Towards the end of our tour, in the deepening shadows of the majestic and inspiring mountains, I spotted a shy and apprehensive four-legged creature off in the distance.
I proclaimed with excitement, “There’s a deer!” Riding along side of me, our guide, calmly and with the taciturn air of a native of the mountains, responded, “That’s not a deer, son. That’s an elk!”