Oh, the animals you’ll meet walking in Westchester!
A month of geocaching has left me bruised and bitten (bugs), but I’ve met some nice animals along the way.
It’s also made me much more rugged. Perhaps soon I will have an oblong compartment on top of my car and hot sauce bumper stickers on the side window.
In any event, the mayor of my town sent a warning to residents this week that a bear had been sighted on a nearby street. I didn’t see the bear, but here are my encounters:
First, I met this chicken at John Jay Homestead in Katonah. He was kicking some stuff around.
Next, I met a chipmunk at FDR State Park. Usually they scamper at first human sight, but this guy hung around and made eye contact.
In Waterfront Park, we had the privilege of petting this beautiful golden retriever (I think he was a golden).
On the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (OCAT), I watched a baby deer try to get to his mom who was on the other side of the fence. The baby tried and tried to squeeze himself through the rails with no luck. Finally, he backed up and charged with all his might. I held my breath as he made it through.
Then there was this bunny who met this bird on the OCAT.
And a Scottish Highlander cow who needed a bang trim at Muscoot Farm. He was a pumpkin.
Not pictured here is a rattlesnake I met at FDR. I surprised myself by forging ahead into the woods even after the sighting.
Ultimately, in the month of June, I found 7 of my required 45 NYS Park geocaches. I’ll need to up my game if I want to finish by Veterans’ Day, the end of the challenge.
Geocaching and walking in Westchester blank my mind with the present.
Oh, the animals you’ll meet!
What animals have you seen on your walks/geocaching expeditions?
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