I scored some really great deals on Black Friday. We spent the weekend at the BR Ranch in West Texas and, of course, had a traditional feast on Thanksgiving with our family. The following day, I had to fight an unruly crowd as I was trying to get my shopping done. After lacing up my running shoes, I tried to get out of the ranch house door, when I was overrun by six excited dogs who wanted to tag along with me.
I ran in the desert looking for some bargains which I found after a short distance; once all the yipping and barking died down, that is. I stumbled upon some quiet and solitude in the surrounding countryside as well as crisp fresh air. I ran some smooth dirt roads and then along a rough levee that was washed out in several places.
The dogs had a good time chasing a jackrabbit and then they flushed a few ducks from a stock tank; more accurately the American Wigeon, a beautiful brown duck with a white patch on its head, dark green stripe across its face and white bill. A Red-tailed hawk flew over head and then along the levee as we were running. I suppose he was looking for his own Black Friday deals. Jackrabbit: catch one, get one free.
I also ran toward the Quitman Mountains where I spotted a few yellow wildflowers. Even though the temperature had recently dipped to just above freezing, flowers were still in bloom. I found another inconspicuous plant hiding underfoot with pink and red buds that seemed reluctant to open due to the cold.
|The Painted Cliffs|
|Can you see the small yellow patch on his rump?|
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Black Friday was indeed very productive. I spent the morning rambling around in the desert and all it cost me was around 1000 calories or so. After Thanksgiving, I had plenty of those saved up.
See you on the trail.