On the trail of elk

On my vacation, I took a hike in Marin County at Point Reyes National Seashore to Tomales Point, passing through an elk reserve. It was my Petaluma friend Scott’s idea. He also asked if he could make a video for a class assignment. Since he was nice enough to let me sleep on his family’s sofa for two nights, how could I say no?

All I did was take direction, but you might get a kick out of it, and it’s only two minutes long.

The cameras I’m holding are his. And you might be interested to know that actually, we saw the elk first, before we’d even parked the car. Only after that did we take the hike.

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  • Bob House

    Nice little movie. You look very intrepid.

    [It’s all acting, Bob. — DA]

  • Ramona

    Very nice film. Hope your pal gets a good grade.

    The scenery is beautiful and has the same cooling effect as the snow pic. How close to the elk were you two? Since I got chased by a cow as a youngster that hike with free-range big things might not be my cup of tea, but the clip is great.

    David Allen is on YouTube! With credits, even. This from a man who doesn’t even own a cell phone. Technology rocks!

    [Due to the magic of the long lens, we weren’t as close to the elk as it seemed. Maybe 150 feet? It was still a great sight. — DA]

  • Charles Bentley

    David, you have to enter this in Smogdance! If you do it by Oct. 4, it’s less than $25 (less than $20 if your friend, the student, enters it). This is your shot at fame and glory! The dialog alone is some of the best I’ve ever heard … I assume that you get the writing credit, right?

    Congrats on what I’m sure will be a classic worthy of viewing on Monster Chiller Horror Theatre!

    [We’ll have to fight over the writing credit. All the dialogue was improvised. — DA]

  • Hmmm … foreboding terrain, mind-numbing waits, a need to be bold yet surreptitious (surreptitiously bold?), all in pursuit of an elusive prey that can be dangerous at close range. Clearly, your years of covering our elected officials made you the perfect man for this project 🙂

    Seriously, this is a cool memento from what looks to have been quite the experience — not to mention a fine first foray into the world of online video. Congrats & thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

  • Lyn Williams

    Hi David–

    Well, any more furloughs thrown your way, I think you can have a standby career of becoming a thespian. I heard DeNiro and Walken signed up for “The Elk Hunter,” and there may be a fantastic part for you. Start clearing a space for your Academy Award, you certainly are a “shoe-in” to win!

    And, best of luck to Scott the aspiring director — I’ll be sure to look for his work in the years to come.

    Best regards,
    Lyn Williams

  • Linda Frost

    Thats quite an adventure for a city slicker. I think you should go for the Oscar for best short documentary. What magnificent animals!

    My great-grandparents homesteaded in Montana back in 1880, where one of their food sources was wild game. We have a photo of our great-grandmother sitting atop a huge elk she shot, with her rifle slung across her lap and snow in the background. You can bet that the meat fed several hungry mouths through the winter. I guess we hunt with cameras now.

    You should take a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to the Rockefeller Elk Refuge. It’s impressive, though without the spectacular coast.

  • Bob Terry

    For awhile there I thought it might turn out to be the Blair Elk Project…glad to see there were some actual critters in this one.

    [I’d have worn a black stocking cap and shone a flashlight under my chin in that case. — DA]

  • MV

    This is a great adventure. We your readers want more!

    It’s nice to know there’s a wild side to our favorite columnist! Good to see you had “running shoes” too (just in case).


  • shirley wofford

    The suspense is great, David. I’m so glad you came upon these beautiful elk and not bears.