I do a little running. Sometimes I run for a really long time. For first-hand accounts of the occasional ultramarathon, trail race, and maybe even a road race, as well as whatever else is on my mind, this is the place.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Things Seen While Running: Ice and . . . Pelicans?
Sunday morning I got up at the crack of dawn to get in a few mile repeats before church. I headed down to the neighborhood lake and saw some rare sights.
First of all, around the edges of the lake there was ice! OK, not let's-get-the-skates or drill-a-hole-for-ice-fishing ice, but still, it was ice! I brought the boys down later and broke off some pieces, which were over 1/4 inch thick! My Michigan friends would scoff, but it provided a great deal of excitement for us Texas boys!
Then, perhaps even rarer than that, there was a flock of pelicans on the lake. I guess there are some migratory pelicans who don't always live by the coast, but I have never seen them here. Pretty cool. I also saw a new kind of duck I didn't recognize, and a bird that looked like a bald eagle. Could it have been one? Sounds like I need to go to ornithology school.