Oh no, not again!
Spike, Bridget, and I take our early morning walk as usual.
We walk out of the campground and down the road to neighboring Lion’s Beach Campground. As we approach the campground I see a man sitting next to his trailer drinking what is probably a cup of coffee. He notices us, too. The campground is elevated. He can see us as we walk past the campground entrance to where the pavement ends.
The road turns to sandy dirt and crosses an area of scrubby grass, gradually becoming the sandy beach extending to the lake.
Spike stops us so he can sniff and pee on a clump of grass. As Bridget and I stand waiting, I look around for coyotes. My focus is on the distant terrain. I am startled by what I see in the foreground.
About thirty feet away, a coyote stands staring at us!
The man up above us is on his feet. In an incredulous voice he calls out, “Is that a coyote?”
“It sure is! I’m getting the heck outta here!”
I hustle the crew back up the road as fast as I can without running. I don’t know if Bridget and Spike know what’s going on, but they keep up with my quick pace.
On impulse I turn around and hold up my camera. This could be a very dumb move, depending upon what happens in the next few minutes. The sun is in my eyes. Quickly I click in the direction of the coyote. As we continue our fast retreat, the coyote circles behind us, crosses the road, and slinks out of our view along the wall of the elevated campsites. Whew. That was close. He came out of nowhere.
Later I thought about this coyote encounter.
Strangely, the coyote did not seem a threat to us. There was something sad about it. I wonder if it was the same coyote that stalked us before. That coyote was menacing. This coyote seemed as surprised by us as we were by him. Whatever the case, I’m glad we went our separate ways!
The crew and I are going out for dinner!
Chuck and Geri invited us over to their house in Truth or Consequences. I’m sure we’ll have a great time!