Tuesday, September 8, 2009
My apologies if you already saw this on Facebook. I'll add a few extra details here to try to make it a little interesting.
I was sitting at work this evening and the bright late afternoon sun caught me in the face. Slightly blinded, I looked out the window and saw a glorious sky over the mountains. The cloud formations were just incredible, and the afternoon sun was doing its best to compete. I decided that I wanted to try to get out and enjoy the spectacular evening, and perhaps capture some of it on film (eh, memory card...?). I left work shortly thereafter (I was there late - it wasn't like 2pm or anything ;-), hurried home to drop off my bag and grab a jacket, and hustled to the bus stop. Now, when you are chasing the sun, it is important to remember that the sun has the advantage. This is probably due to the fact that the sun doesn't take public transportation. I think my bus this evening stopped at every possible stop and got caught at every red light...or we went to Wakkanai Park via Chicago.
Eventually, we arrived at my destination. I hopped off the bus and realized that I had chosen the wrong destination and now had some extra walking to do. Oh, well. I made it to my mountain and started the ascent to the park. I tried to keep up a good clip, which wasn't easy due to the fact that I was still in my work clothes - a top and sweater and an ankle-length skirt. I finally arrived at the top, completely slightly winded.
As I approached a forested area where the path met a road for cars, I heard a rustling in the brushes. It kind of sounded like a bird, so I didn't think much of it. It's amazing how loud birds are when they are in the brush! You hear something that sounds like Godzilla, and then a tiny sparrow hops out. Well, this time it really wasn't a bird. A fox popped out of the woods instead and trotted by. Then another fox came out. Then I heard the rustling everywhere! Well, I did what any brave person would do in that situation...I froze. A woman came by then. She was walking her dog, so I tried to act cool while foxes randomly popped out of the bushes. It was probably the same two foxes just trying to scare us. I didn't get any pictures of the foxes, because it was such a surprise to see them (plus, all I could think about was the interesting fact we learned at orientation about foxes carrying some horrible parasite).
I was very happy to reach the end of that path (and civilization) very soon afterwards.