Of Smoke, Red Tailed Hawks, and Wild Turkeys
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Living in the country always has its interesting adventures while walking. The smoke is hanging in the air which makes the air yucky. We have serveral wild fires burning in southern oregon and the smoke always settles into the valley where I live, so we have "chewable air". I set off on my walk today determined to go a bit further and a bit faster as I have not made it out in several days. The first couple by my choice as my hips and right foot has been bothering me, yesterday I had been at the hospital with my daughter all night the night before and I had slept through the cool hours of the morning (she was having contractions at 35 weeks, but they arent going far yet).
I walk along enjoying the lighter traffic than I face during the week as most aren't out on a sunday morning. Down the road I keep seeing these black blobs cross the road, over and over one or two at a time. Now living in the country it could be any number of things but in my brain I had decided before I got there that it was probably Wild turkeys, so I walked down to where I had seen them, and found the shady field was full of wild turkeys. Apparently the Turkey's crossed the road to get to the shade...
I also had my daily encounter with the Red Tailed Hawks on their hunting trip. They always stop and sit on a pole and squawk at me. I my brain I have decided they are cheering me on :) Sometimes I just see one, but have seen up to four who I assume live in trees near our home.
There was a time I wouldn't have lived this far out of town for anything, now I could not image living in town!
Walk was great this am logged 2.25 miles in 39 minutes :)