I've had rough 24 hours with my neck so this post will be short. On the easier days, I forget about the roller coaster ride of recovery and assume that I've made a huge step forward. Then, boom, reality hits. I seem to be on the upswing again so the ride goes on!
First, I completed editing and correcting the time stamps on the first 24 hours of my footage of the mountain lion eating and covering the mule deer that he'd just killed. I've included every single photo that we obtained for that time period. Now, I'm working Day 2. What an awesome creature this lion is.
For the first time since my neck surgery, I took the Labraduo, rather than solely K, on my morning hike. R's exuberance lifted my spirits amazingly. This boy can get frantically happy over a simple stick, tossing it into the air, pouncing on it, and carrying it for miles. His uplifting spirit helps both me and K.
We tromped up to Hug Hill, through spring-like corn snow. The snowy mountain views made me smile, especially with the Labraduo in the foreground!
We then followed an obscure trail that no one but our own pack has used all winter. At one instant, both R and K stood stock still, noses high in the air, and bodies stiff. I knew that they both had picked up a scent that they wanted to chase. Their body language screamed it to me. Fortunately, K didn't bolt but looked to me first. And, R followed his big sister's lead.
A quick recall averted any bad behavior. K was barely visible a few yards behind R.
We didn't find anything momentous on our trail, except tracks from the elusive and rare pine marten, even though no one else had tread there. But, I had a blast in the company of both canines.
Our evening hike glowed orange under the sunset. Both canines were wired with excitement over a scent that I couldn't perceive. It'll be interesting to explore tomorrow to figure out what had them in such a tizzy!