A Wildlife Run
Distance: 15.3 km
Time: 82' 04"
Rate: 5' 21" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 22-28 degrees, humidity 50%, wind calm
Week: 115.75 km
Feb: 15.3 km
Year: 536.35 km
I thought today would be just a boring, usual run down by the river between Point Hut and Pine Is, stop for a swim and jog home. Nothing too exiting to start with but, then it all happened. I probably jumped over half a dozen small lizards, scared a little bunny out looking for some grass, and heard a variety of birds all enjoying the day. That as in the first 6 kms.
Stopped at Pine Is to make the most of the cool water, a few people about including a group taking photos of the birds in the trees. We were at the main beach area at Pine Is, they were looking up at the parrots when one turned around and looked down. Just a couple of metres away, a one metre brown snake was not happy someone was in his way. Very startled, the lady moved quickly and I signed her up for sprint training, she moved so fast. Not happy brown snake was trying to get home, wherever that was, but the path was blocked.
As well, trying to climb the rock wall was not going well, and he became agitated. We all kept well away as snake slithered along past the main steps to the beach over and around beach towels and picnic baskets and in to the bush.
We were glad to see him go, but know now there must be more in an area so close to where most visitors go to the water to swim. Leaving a little while later and an good sized echidna was spotted in the same area, burying his head in the sand whenever anyone got close. Now they are a beautiful creature. They move quite quickly as well, turn around and he had gone.
Ran back home, uneventful on a very nice day.
Rest day yesterday after a big January, a couple of good night's sleep and today was nice and easy.
Mt Tennent run tomorrow morning from the old Honeysuckle Tracking Station over the mtn and back then over the Orroral Ridge to the other old tracking station and return. A solid 40 plus kms, good preparation for Maroonah Dam and the Six Foot Track.