Tails of Bob…

Running up that Hill with Dogs

Everyone knows that the best time to see animals is in the early morning or at dusk. As most of my hiking life overlapped the years of my teaching life, and I usually taught early morning classes, my only chance was dusk. But there was one semester when my first class was at one pm. If I were going to hike at all that semester, I had to get out early. I adapted to this, and got up and out so I could get back and shower in time to drive down the mountain to the university for class. I didn’t have a lot of time during those morning hikes — an hour more or less on the trail.

My first morning hike that winter led me to a very different world than I’d known in my late afternoon ramblings. Freezing temperatures and ocean fog had left pale frost on…

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