Whew, what a day. It started wonderfully. Shyla and I made it up high in time for sunrise. I love the winterish light!
That light, in combination with the dark shadows where the sun hadn't reached yet, catches my fancy every single fall.
We had a wonderful ride. The temperature skyrocketed during the ride. It was 30°F when we started and 55°F when we finished. That makes it almost impossible to dress right for a long ride in autumn!
After that, my day got sketchier. I wanted to be outside for the warm and sunny day so I took a fairly long bike ride. As I went through a fairly remote area, I saw an open bag with stuff overflowing the sides. Curiosity got the better of me so I went to see what was in it. I literally jumped backward when I saw.
I know almost nothing about guns so I didn't know if it was loaded or if the safety was on. Consequently, I acted as if I was standing next to a hand grenade that might explode at any second. I had no cell phone reception. So, I finally decided to close the suitcase, leave it there, ride home, and then call the police. That's been done, and I truly hope that the gun is no longer sitting out where anyone could find it, including a little kid. (PS - Google just told me that it may be a BB gun - that would be a big relief!).
Some of you have asked if our world has really become much worse in the past year, like you might think based on the photos that I show. I suspect that it has not. Rather, the locals are completely fed up with these vagrants who start wildfires and steal stuff from nearby houses and cars. For that reason, we are sharing our observations and reporting them to the police rather than pretending that things didn't happen. For now, it feels like things are getting worse because we are all so much more aware of what's happening around our entire area. Despite that downside, I think that this approach will work better in the long run.
I feel fortunate that we live in a slice of the forest that is completely inaccessible unless you own land bordering it. We don't have the same problems as the accessible parts of the forest - so I can let the Duo romp and I'm not worried about what I might find when I'm out on the trails alone. Usually, I see only my neighbors and wildlife.
We can focus on our mountains and the beauty around us rather than all that awful stuff. I love it.