Yesterday was a great day for a walk along the Chautauqua Creek. We carried the snowshoes in, thinking that we might need them for deep snow down in the gorge, but we ended up leaving them near a tree and continuing on with just boots. There were some spots where we sunk in deep… but for the most part, the crusty layer from the thaw and rain of a couple of days ago kept us up on top of the snow.
We walked in as far as as the great ice wall, then decided to turn back.
On our way back out we paused for a brief rest. Suddenly, Lolli goes nuts… digging AND barking.
Lolli often digs. It seems the only time she barks, though, is when she KNOWS she’s got something. The last time this happened here in the gorge she had a porcupine up a tree. Today, I’m hoping it isn’t a skunk…
Once it reaches the other side, it looks up at me, quizzically. It seems confused, but relieved that while I am making a clicking noise with some strange piece of equipment dangling from around my neck, at least I’m not barking.
Better luck next time, puppy dog… On second thought, may your luck continue to be just about like today. Poor little raccoon.