trail running grand junction

Of Heat and Animals

“Coyotes move within a landscape of attentiveness. I have seen their eyes in the creosote bushes and among mesquite trees. They have watched me. And all the times that I saw no eyes, that I kept walking and never knew, there were still coyotes. When I have seen them trot away, when I have stepped from the floorboard of my truck, leaned on the door, and watched them as they watched me over their shoulders, I have been aware for that moment of how much more there is. Of how I have only seen only an instant of a broad and rich life.” 
― Craig ChildsThe Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

Bailed on meeting plans this morning to go ride Gunnison Bluffs with Melissa. Do we see a trend here? Yes?

While out there, we came across a very steep hill with a couple of technical step-ups. I didn’t make it the first time, so I tried it again and made it. Every little achievement, right?

We also came across a man with a little dog. And, though we couldn’t see it to confirm, a gun. We opened with the typical trail-welcome: how are you? do you need anything? do you come here often? (chuckle) And he launched into a return we’d never heard before: check out that coyote up on the ridge stalking my little dog. If it comes any closer I’m going to pull out my gun and shoot it.

Sure enough, as we stood there in the bright light of morning, a large coyote presented its self up on the ridge line. Even from 1/4 mile and in silhouette we could tell it was a sizable specimen. We attempted to take pictures, but iPhone cameras just don’t do shots like that justice.

We eventually rode on, and not far from the trailhead I screamed when almost riding over a snake. We turned back and watched the big bull snake slither his way across the desert. Looking back the direction we had come, we spied the man and dog, making their way away from danger- though a large crow stalked them as well.

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Later that afternoon, Melinda expressed the need to talk business (I’d given her a couple of leads this week and was advising her through some of them), and talk about her meeting with a potentially large client this morning.

I haven’t run since hurting myself doing the TRIFECTA, so we took it easy. We ran the Three Sisters trails in the LL, taking turns leap-frogging with the Colorado Mesa University mountain biking team out for a training ride.