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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

What a Majestic Creature He Was!

Anyone that has been an Elk watcher down at Benezette has certainly had the pleasure of seeing Fred doing what he does best .  What he did best was give great pleasure and excitement to the thousands that watched him and photographed him.   He was an amazingly large animal that showed off a huge set of antlers year after year.  Certainly there were lots of people that just looked at him as a huge bull and didn't look at him any differently than any other large bull.  But for many of us he was much more than that.  He was Fred, the Benezette Bull, Old 36 and lots of other names.  We knew him as more than just another big bull as we watched for him year after year.  He never failed to impress us.

Unfortunately we won't be seeing Fred anymore other than in our thoughts and in the many pictures we have accumulated over the years.  Fred took a bad fall on the ice covering Trout Run this winter and due to his injuries and poor health he had to be put down.  This was indeed a sad day for many.  Fred had lived a long life somewhere in the range of 15-20 years.  He's certainly fathered many a calf and has most likely been photographed many more times than any red carpet model could even dream of.  He was Fred, Bull #36 and he will be missed.

After following Fred around the hills of Benezette for so many years Whoda' Thunk that someday we would be holding his enormous antlers in our arms.  Trust me when I say they are enormous and heavy.  Fred had to be a powerful creature to carry these around on the top of his head.  After all of these years,,,,,,,WHODA' THUNK!!!

The nice lady (Jean) at the Visitor Center allowed us to hold Fred's antlers and collar.  We lucked out because they were winding down for the evening and we were pretty much the only visitors.  This was truly sad but yet so amazing to hold.  We are watching a few big bulls that may be Freds replacement.

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