“This is Great, Martha!”

Today I had the thought of taking Bear out to a place where we used to like to walk a round-about way to the river, but about 10 feet into the walk I had a VERY BAD feeling about it. I made Bear turn around (she was heavily involved in smelling things, notably dog pee; it’s a popular dog walking place thanks to Covid). As we neared the parking lot I saw a car I knew belonged to a nice woman with two dogs she lets run off leash.

Wow. Talk about intuition. She waited until I got Bear into Bella. As I drove away she waved and smiled (we are happy to see each other these days) and her two dogs ran down the trail.

“We’ll go to our happy place, Bear,” I said and we headed down a country road to the Refuge. And there, as always, we found refuge.

The snow has blown and melted a bit obscuring most of the beautiful tracks I saw last time. Here is all that remains of the elegant calligraphy left by a doe and her young one. It seems they drag their feet slightly, making a beautiful pattern.

There were a couple of short stories, too. By “short” I mean made by short animals (har-dee-har-har). Mice, those with the footprints and the line (his little tail dragging) and mouse tracks with the tail up (was something chasing him?).

Bear and I had a wonderful time. There was lots of silence to enjoy. It was my first walk since the injury two weeks ago that I wasn’t limping or walking awkwardly. It was fun. Now I’m reconsidering the ski resolution. Maybe I’ll just get bindings that work better. Not sure. On the way from the place where we DIDN’T walk to the place where we DID I saw people skiing on the lake. They weren’t having any big challenge out there on a groomed trail, though if the temperatures keep rising, they might have a MAJOR challenge.

12 thoughts on ““This is Great, Martha!”

  1. Very cool track photos. I’ve never seen mouse tracks before (I have to admit – upon first glance they looked like sperm 😀 – I need to get out more).

  2. I was out geocaching and Sparky pointed to tracks and said, “Somebody has let their dog out.” I just shook my head – they were bunny tracks. When we got closer to the river I saw goose tracks and then deer tracks too – but our deer pick up their feet! (not as elegant a trail…)
    Glad you and Bear were able to avoid the “free range” canines!

    • Deer and elk here tend to drag their feet in snow. But that little elegant “script” in shallow snow I never saw before. Deer tracks on dust here are discrete, so these beautiful lines really surprised me.

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