Well, we are sitting in a layer of clouds waiting for an opening to fly the helicopter to the lodge to drop off supplies to fix the office. For those of you who have been up this year, I am sure you noticed the office is in need of repair. We have a crew ready to go as soon as we can get the supplies on the mountain. Yesterday was a gorgeous day with a high of 68º and low of 52º. We have not been so lucky today.
Chris and I were talking about how our trip up the mountain, on Sunday, seemed like an episode from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
We started off on the lower section of Alum by watching a baby shrew walk along the trail. It was so bold, it walked right between my feet. It looked like a little brown cotton ball with a long tail. I believe it was a pygmy shrew. It looked just like this photo I found online.
We then continued our journey around the bluff and toward the half way point. We heard the cry of the Peregrine falcon while he was hunting for his lunch. As we came up to the half way point, a couple pointed out that he had landed in a tree. It looked like he had caught his lunch. We walked up the trail and looked straight up and could see the feathers from his meal. I think he had caught a small bird. I am always so amazed when I get to see the falcons in action.
We continued our climb and reached the flat section before the lodge. Just before the Rainbow/ Alum split, I heard a loud noise that was only a few feet from me. It sounded big, but I couldn't focus on what it was. Finally, as I got my bearings, I realized it was a deer and she blended in perfectly with the brush. She did not care one bit that we were standing so close. I don't normally like to be that close to wild life, they are "wild", but it happened by circumstance and I didn't want to spook her. We watched her for a minute and continued on to work. We had a great commute and it gave us some great stories to tell.
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