This week, we're celebrating the release of Simone Elkeles’s latest release, Perfect Chemistry, and chatting on the topic of bad boys.
My blog day happens to fall on December 25th, and I’d feel remiss if I didn’t focus on the Bad Boys of Christmas--those boys who are naughty so much more than nice.
Or, as we call in the western United States: caribou. I had the pleasure (well, sorta) of spending an afternoon on a caribou ranch, where we had a wagon ride through herds roaming free on a frozen tundra. Understand, I’m a pampered city girl. After a lot of, “Cool, wow, are they BIG,” I mostly said things like, “I’m cold...can we go back yet?” and “Breathe through your mouth, kids, to minimize the stink.”
Here are some fun facts about reindeers, courtesy of Wikipedia:
--Reindeer have specialized noses. Incoming cold air is warmed by the animal's body heat before entering the lungs.
--Their hooves adapt to the season. In the summer, when the tundra is soft and wet, the footpads become sponge-like and provide extra traction. In the winter, the pads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and crusted snow to keep it from slipping.
--Males battle for access to females. Two males will lock each other’s antlers together and try to push each other away. The most dominant males can collect as many as 15-20 females as partners.
Uh-huh...see? Bad boys!
In any case, it wouldn’t be fair--and it wouldn’t be Christmas--if I didn’t close with a picture of everybody’s favorite reindeer.
And to those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas!
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