Clear skies and temps in the 60’s. Had to get some exercise and fresh air after spending all day Saturday indoors watching sports. So I packed my gear and fired up the F150 a friend’s loaning me while he works on the 4Runner. Yeah, it’s too cool for me, but it’s nice because no one tailgates me when I’m driving it.
Started hiking and found a herd of cattle grazing beside the 2-track I follow. Had to stop and think about whether to walk past them. I turned around and backtracked 25 yards, then decided to brave it. Have to admit I was a little nervous. Those suckers are huge in real-life, and they watched me as I walked by. I figured if I could get by them on my hike up they might not be so close to the road on my hike back. There were a couple bulls in the woods but they were further from the road, and I was glad about that. Cows don’t charge anybody, right?
Got past the bovine blockade without incident, and pushed on towards the claim. Poked around the ground for an hour or two (found nothing) and set up the trail-cam with some fresh lithium batteries and plans to let the camera sit a good month. Should be some snow pics next time I retrieve it.
Started the hike back to the truck, and toward the end of the hike I started thinking about those cattle again. Sure enough they were still there, but the entire herd (bulls and all) had accumulated right next to the road. I paused as I approached them. Thought about walking around them through the woods, but I was a sort of tired from hiking and I hate “chickening out” so I walked right by them curious bulls.