Dr. Doolittle

Tarantula by Tydence Davis

Just call me Doctor. Doctor Doolittle, that is.

During my long runs, I love to hit more ‘natural’ areas. This includes Red Rock, River Mountain Loop, Pittman Wash, Pecos Wash… and anywhere else there are limited cars and exhaust. These runs give me time to clear my head, work things out, and reflect. Occasionally I get distracted by something moving in the periphery.

Primarily pigeons, mourning dove, and other common song birds in the city. Occasionally I see gnatcatchers, quail, roadrunners, shrikes, and hummingbirds. Today was a treat, though: American Kestrals. I counted at least three of them! Highlight of my run.

In the past, other animals I’ve encountered: cats, dogs, jackrabbits, ground squirrels, lizards, the occasional snake. A few weeks ago I encountered my first tarantula crawling along Red Rock Loop. During a run last spring at River Mountain Loop, I heard coyotes, but never saw them.

Hmm… If I start doing more trail running, I’m sure the list will expand!

Photo: Tarantula by Tydence Davis and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.



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