Keep the humidity; send me some rain. I don't remember the last time it has rained; it has been <i>months</i>.<br><br>
I had an...interesting run this morning. Just past 1.5 miles along the trail I heard the rustling of leaves and looked to my left. I expected a bunny, or a squirrel, or a deer, but it was neither. Nor was it a coyote. Instead, I saw the back end of a fluffy black and white skunk. He was just 10' from the trail and though I am sure he heard me, he kept on foraging for whatever it is he was foraging for. I watched him for a bit and marveled at his fluffy tail.<br><br>
I continued on and not even 100 yards along the trail I heard another rustling and saw another skunk crossing the trail ahead of me. Two skunks...? I continued on, planning to turn around at mile 2, which I did. Skunk #2 was long gone, but skunk #1 was still digging for worms, insects or whoknowswhat. And he was just a few feet from the trail...that big, bushy tail and rear end poised and at the ready. Not aggressively so, just...at attention. Now, I could have turned around and followed the trail as a loop to the trail head, but it would have cut my whole run short by over a mile. I decided to wait until he wandered off from the trail and complete my run.<br><br>
So I just watched him. Gosh, what a beautiful animal. The sort of fluffy animal you'd like to cuddle up with on a rainy Sunday. If they weren't so stinky, of course. Well, he finally scampered off (they run like a slinky--interesting) and I continued on. There's a "T" in the trail that leads to a short loop, or you can take to the other direction and run for mile upon mile upon mile upon mile. It is at this "T" where I saw yet another skunk, foraging. I made a right at the "T" and thought to myself, "I'm really making my way along the food chain" and then thought..."I hope I don't make it to the <i>top</i> of the food chain." That would mean a cougar encounter. I've already encountered black beetles the size of my thumbnail, lizards, zillions of birds, bunny rabbits, squirrels, deer, and coyotes. Nowhere to go but up.<br><br>
All in all, it was a wonderful 4 mile trail run. And my Garmin died before I finished. I can't find the power cord; I plan to turn the whole house upside down in search of the darn thing.<br><br>
I love to run.