Apart from that, the weeks have been blurring together thanks to the extra time I'm putting in at work. Time is blurring. Last Friday, I discovered that I was late on paying our second property tax installment AND the mid-year car insurance payment. Ulllhhh... \o?
In non-Yosemite wildlife news, I had a ride a couple of weeks ago where I saw two young bunnies in separate parts of the bike path. Both were still young enough to look like bunnies instead of hares (they're jackrabbits). Then, a week ago, I was at a part of the path that gets river spillover in the winter and forms sloughs.There were a lot of fires along the parkway last year, and the chemistry of that particular area has changed. It is sprouting some sort of micro-green layer (not algae) in a lot of places, and farther downriver it's some sort of red moss-like surface. I'm waiting for a bird to try to land there and—
I'm not sure any water denizens will survive there for long, once a solid surface closes over. Frogs and maybe some turtles, but that's about it. Biking through there on the return, I saw a wide pink mouth going, *chomp* *chomp* My first thought was, "What is a squirrel doing in the water?" They I realized it was much too big to be a squirrel, and the mouth was shaped like a—yes. An otter!
I did not know we had river otters in our area. :O
So, that's the news apart from *grind-grind-grind* We'll go back to Yosemite for a bit tomorrow, then drive back home. Tuesday, I'll be back to the slog again. Ugh.