Beaver Creek Valley State Park is a 1,187 acre Minnesota State Park near the town of Caledonia. The park features a steep, narrow valley carved by East Beaver Creek, a spring-fed trout stream. The heavily forested valley, up to 250 feet deep in places, is a hidden natural oasis amidst the farmland of southeastern Minnesota
We had spent a couple of days hiking, relaxing and me flyfishing in this beautiful place. I was busy grilling up the burgers that evening. Mrs T was reading comfortably in the camp chair some distance away. She was wearing a white blouse with colorful flower prints. That's important! Suddenly, agitated, her arms were swinging wildly. Thinking, perhaps, a few marauding mosquitoes, I hollered "what's the matter." "He's attacking me," was the reply. Rushing over, I found a nearsighted hummingbird going for the gold. "It's a hummingbird who thinks your a petunia," I counseled sympathetically. Finally, the misguided bird buzzed off and peace returned to the Valley.
More recently we were sitting on the front porch reading the paper and watching our neighbors across the road - the goats. Mrs T began showing that agitated look.
Another visitor had appeared above us. At 1/8 ounce he still appeared aggressive. I gave him a no nonsense warning. He backed off.
"Don't worry dear I'm here to protect you," I volunteered. That's right. I da man.