Signs in the Winter Woods
A couple days back, during a warm spell, my buddy Scott suggested a walk in the winter woods. Frankly I was glad to get out of the adobe. Man, this pandemic is causing more than the usual amount of cabin fever. Turned out to be a good hike on some nicely maintained trails. And we saw many signs in the winter woods.
Signs of wildlife, you ask? Nope. These were manmade signs. Right at the trail head we were greeted with a coyote warning. Fair enough. Yeah they are out there in increasing numbers, but rarely a problem, although dogs and coyotes can be a bad mix. The next sign I’ll show really caught my eye. It revealed the multiuse of this preserve. Man-oh-man, it was complex enough to be on an urban street corner. Don’t believe I have ever seen a sign in the woods quite like it.
Let me see. Bikers yield to hikers. Hikers yield to horses. Bikers yield to horses too. And horses yield to nobody. Yeah size matters. Okay, but do we need a traffic light during rush hour? Wait a minute now, what about the damn coyotes? Who yields to them? Umm, I guess we need a bigger sign.
Hey let me tell you about one more thing. Upon arrival, we met “Bud”, a pit bull mix. He was there for a walk and may not yield to anyone. But check out those glasses. His owner told us “Bud” likes to jam his face in a brush piles and gets twigs caught in his eyes. Which in turns leads to a costly trip to the vet. At first I felt sorry for “Bud”, but you know he looks way cool in those red goggles.