Well, I got my heart rate up on our hike this morning! Jedda and I were hiking in an arroyo that runs along a hike/bike trail, and it's off the beaten path - lots of lizards, bunnies, birds...and a pack of coyotes! We came around a bend and I saw 4 or 5 of them about 30 feet ahead of us. They checked us out and slowly trotted off - I would have preferred they run off looking scared! We had been hiking for about 45 minutes, and I wouldn't turn around for one coyote, but a pack of them? We're done! Pepper spray's at home of course, I'm carrying a leash and an asthma inhaler, and hiking with a skinny little sable that doesn't look much different from the rest of that pack!
I start jogging back, which Jedda thought was great fun and wishes I would do more often. I'm not freaking out, but I am picturing us cornered in a steep-walled bend of the arroyo, while I swing a leash and mist asthma inhaler at a pack of hungry coyotes. After about 10 minutes, I turn around to see if they're anywhere close, and holy moly, I see about 6 or 7 of them just behind and off to our right. I'm not much of a Facebooker, but I think I'd better get proof, and this would make a great post. Unfortunately, I don't zoom in, so you can just see them trotting along about 50 yards away from us. As they start to get ahead of us, I realize they actually could corner us, and the circling vultures above a pile of shredded clothes and a cell phone would be all that was left to tell the story. As I turn around to keep running, I have a mini coronary as I see only Jedda's ears sticking up above a chamisa bush.
So, jog jog jog, and finally I see the fence line we trespassed through for this walk on the wild side. (It's not private property per se, and isn't posted, and actually belongs to the community college, so not really so wild. But having been chased by a pack of coyotes, I get to embellish a bit!) 45 minutes out, about 20 minutes back! And I won't forget the pepper spray next time we hike!
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