Shortly into the run, I had perhaps the strangest and funniest encounter I have ever had with an animal. I saw a gray squirrel with a much smaller gray squirrel. It was a late season baby, roughly half the size of mama.
They were right along the trail, so I stopped to take a look. Predictably, the mama squirrel bolted to the nearest tree. But the little guy bounded over to me as if I was his long lost friend and sat on my running shoe!
Here I am in the middle of the trail with a fuzzy little squirrel on my foot. He looked straight up at me like he was thinking about climbing my leg. The thought of squirrel claws digging into my leg did not sound appealing, so I just started laughing, gently shooed him away and told him to go back to his mom, which he did.
The little squirrel clearly needs to learn his evasive techniques. Hilarious! That kept me amused for the rest of the run.
My experience was nothing like the Griswold squirrel episode...
I did see other wildlife as well, but none were as friendly as the squirrel. Ridiculous amounts of cedar waxwings flying around right now. They were busy raiding all of the elderberry bushes. And I saw the trumpeter swan family that I first spotted in June. The babies are as big as the parents now.
The wildlife certainly outnumbered the people. I ran the entire southern loop of Elm Creek Park and only saw four people on the trails - a biker, two walkers, and...a shoeless, barefoot guy doing pushup next to a park map kiosk? Sure, whatever floats your boat.
In any case, today's run was eventful with lots of interesting sights.
Last night I made a tasty sourdough pizza with a few of the ingredients I found at the farmers market - cherry tomatoes, basil, bacon, fresh mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Simple, but delicious.
|Fresh and tasty|
With that, I plan to retire to the easy chair tonight and partake in the Vikings preseason game. Let another season of heartbreak and disappointment begin! ;-)