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Old 06-07-18, 03:26 PM
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I was riding along the Canal towpath at about five this morning when a big black critter flopped out of the bushes right on in fr of my bike. I mean so close that I'm not even sure if I hit it or not. I thought it was a skunk at first, and was trying to get away fast when I realized it was a beaver, doubtless the one I saw last month,, and it was trying to get away from me. Wow, that's a big critter, and fat.
A couple of years ago I'd taken the long way home and had swung by the credit union. The route home had a nice long section that ran along a creek, and I heard a loud splash like something had just belly flopped into the creek seconds after I rode past this one part. I'm not sure what I scared in the dark but I think it got pretty spooked by me and my lights and hopped into the creek to get away.
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A couple of years ago I'd taken the long way home and had swung by the credit union. The route home had a nice long section that ran along a creek, and I heard a loud splash like something had just belly flopped into the creek seconds after I rode past this one part. I'm not sure what I scared in the dark but I think it got pretty spooked by me and my lights and hopped into the creek to get away.
oh yeah, there are things that go Splash! in the night. Couple years ago on the same canal mentioned, I saw something big ducking behind a tree. I thought I'd see it when I went by, but just at that moment there was an enormous splash! and no animal. Well, thought I, I have time. So I waited to see what came up. And I waited. I looked up the canal, and down, and up again. Nothing to see. Nothing. Nothing, well, nothing but that one goose. Goose? I don't think there was a goose there, last time I looked.
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There was that one time, (at band camp?) when the hubster and I found muddy bear tracks on the road that goes through the Arcata marsh; it would have had to walk through town to get there.

We're pretty rural out here, with lots of dairy cattle and their pastures, and Humboldt State University; all this ends up with many feral cats, some of whom end up on the road. I still feel sorry for that beautiful little black one I passed on the highway on-ramp. It was a large kitten or small cat, black as midnight, with short, velvety fur, that had obviously been very recently killed. We won't talk about the one caught in the rumble strip. blech
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Passed a chicken on the loose and a roadkill weasel today (vs usual roadkill squirrels possums and raccoons)
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Last night on the way home from work, there were a few seagulls floating in the river. One of them had a herring in his mouth. He looked like he had a puzzle to solve. How can he eat it without dropping it? I hope he flew to dry land.
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