Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is that a cat....or a beaver?

Note, even my non-running friends/family will get a kick out of reading this one all the way through.

Even though Silicon Valley is boring, that doesn't mean that I can't get my run in. In fact, there is a pretty awesome running path right by my hotel that goes along a ravine - The San Thomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail. It is a really nice paved trail that even has forks in the trail every time that it would cross a road so that you don't have to stop for traffic. (See to the left - the fork on the left goes under the road, on the right goes over it.)

On Wednesday at about 5:30am, I was out for a slow 4 miler and was going underneath one of the roads when all of a sudden I could have SWORE I saw a big fat black cat lumbering along the middle of the running path. As I get closer, I could tell that there was certainly something there. It almost looked like a wet beaver glistening in the moonlight because it was wet from the stream that was down in the ravine!

Remember, I'm basically chasing this thing down the path trying to get it to go back into the ravine..... So, I get to within maybe 10 feet of the thing and either a streetlight from the road or the moonlight showed a BIG WHITE STRIPE DOWN ITS BACK. It wasn't wet or glistening it had white stripes! Yeah, I was chasing a F*ing SKUNK.

So, I immediately let out a yelp, turned around and headed back towards the OTHER fork in the road - the one that had me dodging traffic instead of skunks. As I was headed back, I could even smell a faint wiff of skunk due to the different wind direction. He didn't try to spray me, but I swear I could smell him.

So, needless to say, I had a little bit of a "spring in my step" for about a half mile. The shittiest thing? Now I don't know if I can use that trail on a regular basis or not. Am I always going to need to be on the lookout for skunks?! Like my buddy Nick said when I told him "getting sprayed by one of those is a bad way to start a day"

11 comments:

Morgan said...

LMAO! I can't imagine!!! Now I'm going to hear Pepe Le Peu all day in my head!

Believe said...

LOL!!!!!!! He obviously showed YOU who owns that route!!! All in the name of doing your civic 'protect the animals' duty eh? I say you go back and show him what for! Run by with a can of FEBREEZE!!

Pat said...

When my son was in scouts we camped at a lake and all nite long the skunks were visiting. The first night we didn't have tents up, so the skunks would come up and nose our sleeping bags. I learned to sleep with my bag over my head.

Luckily, they like to avoid us and I think you can safely run that path. Chasing him down is another matter.

Jamoosh said...

Pepe LePew, back in C.A.

Mike Russell said...

I have clients in Kentucky and run in the backwoods there when I am in town. I ran into four skunks one night on a run. I had an early morning flight the next day and knew they wouldn't let me on the plane if I had been sprayed, so I steered WAY clear of those bad boys.

Don't surprise them and they will usually leave you be.

GeorgiaSnail said...

shouldn't Bill Gates have some sort of iPhone app that will detect those things for you?

Ulyana said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww, just ew. Be careful!

Rio said...

Most people run from skunks, and there you are chasing it! (at least at the beginning). Glad you didn't get directly sprayed.

Erin said...

Just remember to carry tomato juice on your trips, I think you have to bathe in that if you get sprayed... On your Napa/Sonoma trip, I suggest Ledson Winery in Sonoma. Beautiful castle, great tasting room workers. I suggest you leave your wallet at home though, they like to generously pour and then suggest a wine club membership. (I'm still paying it off.)

blaine said...

Maybe you should get a running buddy who is unfamiliar with the route. You'll then have a body shield in case the Skunk comes around again.

OhMyLaughter said...

Bahaha Blaine.

Also, that's pretty cool how the trail's built to avoid traffic. I like it!