Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Art of Hiking in the Desert and Avoiding Coyotes

Well this is a first for me to have a title before finishing a blog.
But as you know I do a lot of hiking. I wanted to do a little about some of the things that I love about it and some of the pet peeves I have about it too. I've been hiking for a while in a Coyote habitat. While some areas are well traveled and safe but some are away from the majority of hikers and the road less traveled. In general I hear the coyotes more than see them but I have come across a pack or two on occasion.
I hike with my dog mostly. She is my companion and leader. I want to say something about hiking etiquette. These trails, while state owned do not have rangers hiking the trails after you to clean up your messes. Your mother isn't going to come along to pick up after you either. People will clean up after their dog and then leave the plastic bag by the trail?? Who do you think is going to clean up or pick that up for you? Get real! If you don't want to take it with you, then the least you can do is pick it up off the trail then fling it off the trail. At least it can biodegrade that way.
Anyway, back to the coyotes. They can smell you coming for pretty far and the groups I've seen are pretty well organized. They are not your small skinny variety either. These are big like wolves or at least as big as my Lab/boxer. They travel in packs of 5-7. They do not use the trails that we use but tend to circumvent them although I see their droppings on the trail all the time I believe they may only use them at night. They are quite gracious to watch as they move so inconspicuous to us for the most part. When running they are like watching a beautiful glide in motion. Once I spot them, I observe their behavior. one one time just stood ground staring at me and Amber. I was glad he was by himself that day. Other times they take off and sometimes I can watch them without them even making us out. It gives me a feeling of eeriness and some warped sense of belonging to this earth if that makes sense. I promise not to become a stupid trusting or taking wild animals for granted statistic.





2 comments:

  1. I found your blog from blip.fm and found your article really interesting. I once walked and saw 2 cokoytes at night and was overcome with dread...it's nice to know you have a healthy respect for the dangers of wild animals but can still admire their beauty.

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  2. Thank you for your comment. I agree it can be scary, especially at night. I have not seen 7 like that since that time but I still come across single ones frequently. I also came across a rattlesnake a couple of weeks ago. it was rattling it's tail in the rocks next to the trail. I looked and it was entwined in the rocks pretty good so I slowly moved past it. I have seen them before but this was the first time I've heard their warning. that in itself is a little eerie :)

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