Dax Justin came nose to muzzle with this foxy lady a few weeks ago whilst exploring the far northern reaches of British Columbia as part of the SkiNorthBC Expedition.

“Proof or it didn’t happen, right?” he said after grabbing this shot. “Crossing fox whispering off the bucket list.”

Fact is, EDGEtv Influencers spend so much time in the Wild Places, they are often privileged with some rad close encounters with the Landlords themselves. Here are a few dispatches from the outdoors…

According to Caribbean kite-surfer and professional photographer, Andre Phillip, “Clear water and beautiful wildlife are two things that seem to go hand in hand with French Polynesia.”

Phillip’s philosophy of “just passing through” has enabled him to consistently be at the right place at the right time.

Phillip’s sweet captures remind us that it’s their world, we’re just playing in it.

Or, as Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Griffine Turner…True Story:

“Early morning with zero surf and nothing else on the calendar, so we decided to putt around the harbor and look for halibut out at the break wall. There weren’t many fish swimming around and for good reason.  This guy was on his breakfast hunt as well.  He must have decided that hopping on board and picking off our bait while enjoying some led zep was a much better way to spend his time.”

On her Project Save Our Surf expedition this summer, Mary Osborne didn’t even have the get out of the boat in Nicaragua to chill with these monkeys. Looks like the locals were totally cool with her cruising their back yard. I mean, with Mary’s kind heart and smile, who wouldn’t be?

Yo, please send us stories and pics of your close encounters! But, you know, not too close!

Close Encounters of the Furred (and not so furred) Kind

About The Author
- Jeff McElroy is a Ventura and Mammoth Lakes-based writer. His surf/coast-inspired short story collections, CALIFORNIOS and CALIFORNIOS 2 have received awards and accolades within the boardsport and literary communities. He writes about adventure athletes and the wild places for EDGEtv Network. When he's not writing, he's surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, and trail-running with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.

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