Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Got out for a ride yesterday - it was WINDY and drizzling and about 50 degrees. A dark, sloppy, wild ride for sure. It was the first time out of the house since the Tsunami and the incredible storms we've had over the past three days. There were trees down, branches everywhere, lots of rocks in the road and deep pavement cracking from the ground underneath slipping away. I certainly wasn't dressed for it and I froze.
But I wasn't the only one out and about; the wildlife was out scoping out the result of Mother Nature's latest tantrum. I saw a small herd of seven or eight deer, a large herd of 25 or so elk, a pair of bald eagles, countless hawks, falcons, crows, ravens, vultures, ducks, and geese. I think I saw a pair of otters, but the river is so high, fast, and muddy, that whatever it was disappeared underwater - it might have been a couple of seals, but they normally don't go that far upriver nor travel in pairs - so I think they were otters. There were roadkill skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. I even saw possibly the world's biggest banana slug - it must have been about nine inches long!
The storm is back in full force today - gales and rain - so no riding today, but the memory of yesterday's ride will keep me going until I can get out again.