I guess there weren't any mountain lions on our nine mile hike and run as we headed up the hill at 6:30 just before the sun started to come up. This is a little dangerous because it is about this time that a mountain lion would be ending his night of prowling and begining to find a nice comfortable place to rest for the day. Last week the local paper had a story about one that was resting in someone's driveway from 9am until 1pm when they were finally able to shoe it off into it's habitat (which is where were running that morning!)
The reason I don't think there were any mountain lions about today is that there was plenty of other wild life enjoying the cool air of the early morning. Just before heading up the steep, windy road that takes us to the damn there was a little fawn on the side of the road that was separated from its little fawn sibling and mother who were on the other side of the fence. They all went bounding down the road away from us to find a break in the fence so they could reunite. On our way up the twisty road we heard a rustle in the bush and saw a cottontail rabbit and a squirrel playing together. A flock of quail flew into a tree when they heard our footsteps.
Once we got up on the trail there was the usual sound of critters scurrying away from us in the grass. Lizards, most likely. To the right of the trail the ducks beginning their day on the little pond that is also home to thousands of frogs in the springtime. To the left of the trail is the lake and this morning right as we got to the top - the sun was just coming up with a dazzling brightness over the water. Simply beautiful! Once past the pond and the lake the trail ends and puts us at the top of the hill and we walk the road past houses on the lake for a while before beginning our run back down to town. This morning there were tons of deer out grazing in people's yards and even walking up onto their porches. We would be looking at a group of deer on one side of the road only to realize there was one stairing at us only yards away on the other side of the road. On the golf course the usual turkey family roamed about looking for their buggy breakfasts. We warned them today that they better watch out! Thanksgiving is on the way! All the wildlife seemed to be calmly enjoying their morning with no fear of a predator near. All was calm in mountain lion country today!
I like this blog. Here where I live, I mostly see birds...but amazing birds! And skinks. I think the idea you could suddenly become mountain lion breakfast might lend a little adrenaline to your morning walk.... 3775 days ago
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