Friday, July 24, 2015
Our road is 3 blocks long and ends at a bay of the St. Joseph River. Over the years we have seen many box turtles. I have saved a couple from the traffic on the small highway which is 3 houses away. It's just second nature that if you see a turtle about to cross the road, or in the middle of the road, you stop and help him along his journey and take him safely out of traffic.
The other day, Terry, my grandson and I went to St. Joseph Michigan. Even though we know the area well, Terry missed a turn and we took the LOOOOONG way home, if you know what I mean. My grandson had his phone and used his GPS to guide us along the back roads back to a major highway. It was a leisurely drive through the country side including roads along several of Michigan's lovely lakes. There was not much traffic, though there were sporadic cars traveling to their lake cottages. At a crook in the road, we found a turtle slowly walking across the road. Terry stopped the car and other traffic while my grandson jumped out and put the turtle safely out of harm's way. We got thumbs up from the other drivers. I was surprised that no one was angry to have been stopped.
Ironically that very night there was a spot on our local news cast that talked about how Box Turtle numbers have declined due to losing their habitat to new home building and being killed on the road.
Seeing that newscast on the very day we saved a turtle was like getting a Thank You from the Universe.