Sunday was my first winter trail run of the season! I love running the trails in the snow more than almost anything in the world. Except hanging out with my family and eating chocolate and watching Hallmark movies (ideally all at the same time). Oh and throw a peppermint mocha into that mix.
So I parked my car in my normal spot and trotted down my normal route. I was about to cross the dam of the lake when BOOM, what the heck is that in the road?
The only thing worse than a rat is a really big rat that’s white. Other people call them opossums but we all know that ugly thing is just a big rat. A big rat that wouldn’t get out of the WAY. I actually didn’t get any closer than the first pic. I used my camera zoom on the second. That whole “play dead” thing? Not a myth. I was terrified to go around it, even though the trail is, um, about 15 feet wide, because I knew as soon as I did it would run at me and bite me. I threw a small rock at it to try to scare it away, which made it open its mouth really wide and hiss. For obvious reasons, I did not get a picture of the hiss, but trust me, it looked like this:
THAT did not encourage me. I turned around and took another route. I swear on all things holy I would have rather seen a mountain lion. At least they don’t have gross tails and pointy noses. For someone who grew up on a farm I can be a really big pansy sometimes. Most times.
My rat-induced detour actually took me on a very pretty route.
I found a trail of snowshoe tracks and decided to follow them.
This led me through a nice loop of trail that I had not discovered before. I had run on parts of it before, but not in that way. I was telling Chris when I got home how fun that loop was, and he said, “Whose tracks do you think those are?” Oh. (They were his from earlier in the day.)
More snowy route pics
The frozen lake is so pretty! Usually there are lots of ice fisherman on it, but maybe it wasn’t fully frozen yet.
The last 1/2 mile or so was on my favorite road. It’s so pretty in every season. This is the same road I started on before the overgrown rat incident.
Here is a picture of my new car waiting for me!
You may remember a year ago we started the car shopping process...well we just got around to making the purchase last week. It’s a Nissan Pathfinder and I love it! This is the first photo I’ve taken of it. My favorite feature of the car is remote start. I started it as soon as it came into view, so it was already warming up when I got there. NICE.
Who else has hit the trails this winter?
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