Happy 11.11.11 Everyone!
Now that I am not in Missouri anymore, I am running wild. Literally. I am ON the path less taken. Where I am these days is miles from civilization and so I have been running on trails, logging roads, abandoned fire access roads and other secluded roads in order to get my miles in. As you can see from the photos from last week, they are some beautiful places to run, especially in the fall.
Running into people or cars is not really an issue for me here. However, I may run into many other interesting things instead. Like the huge pile of bear scat that I narrowly missed the other day while on my long run. I grew up in the area, so am not particularly afraid of the wild animals. However, one must be careful, especially now when some of the animals are foraging for winter and sometimes come down a little lower on the mountains to find more food.
Instead of cars, here are some of the things you may run into in my neck of the woods. Once again, this is in a very literal sense.
|Black Bear and Paw Print|
|Beaver, Grey Squirrel, Feral Pig, Skunk|
|River Otter, Mule Deer, Red Fox|
All photos were taken from The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada by John Muir Laws. This book is awesome. It details all the plants, animals, prints and scat of the local area. If you are into plants, animals and scat like I am (hehe), you would love this book, or a similar book, for your area.
Do you live in the city or the country? What animals might you encounter near your house? Have you ever gotten too close for comfort to any of them?