￼￼￼It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last five years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.
Earlier this week I came closer to finishing up the Upper Stoney Creek Mountain. Lots of this area was quite rural. What I noticed about rural is that there seemed to be so much more wildlife. When I parked the car on a dead-end street I saw a crane taking flight from a nearby pond and I saw a turkey wandering down a driveway. Farms abound and I saw horses and cows and sheep and even alpacas.
Heading back to the car I saw a cat. Most cats are scared of strangers but this one came running up to me so it could push its head against my legs. After some very appreciated belly rubs (I rubbed the cat’s belly – not my own) it began to follow me. I was forced to ignore it and it eventually went up a driveway. Boy, I like friendly cats and I confess that this one made me want to pick it up and take it home. I didn’t, of course, but I wanted to.
The other wildlife I encountered was the buggy kind. Lots of hoppy, flying and crawling critters line country roads and so when a car would approach I would head towards the shoulder so I could walk as far away from the road as I could. The thing is – the closer I came to the weeds the more I stirred the frenzy of grasshoppers and other insecty creatures that were lying in wait ( I am sure ) ready to pounce. While I am not really that scared of most insects when they jump up towards my face I do tend to try, enthusiastically, to remove myself from their path. So, once again, my arms start flapping to keep the dreadful invaders away from my person.
I can’t say that the picture below is completely accurate ( I rarely wear necklaces) but it sure feels like it sometimes.
I confess that I wonder what passing motorists think.
Some mysteries were noted on this walk:
Is this a field of weeds or some sort of crop? There is hardly any other flora in the field and it does look like a cultivated crop. Anyone know?
What is this? My guesses include a play structure, a farm implement, or an art sculpture. What is your best guess?
And how do these people park their car?
How is this tree still alive?
It was such a nice area to walk in.