Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Roadkill Wednesday

I got up early and ran six miles this morning, and somehow managed to convince my running partner Jim to run with me. About a mile and a half into our run, we encountered a dead racoon. It was on its back with its little claws up in the air. Half a mile later, we could see another dead animal on the road. A baby skunk. As we got close to it, Jim made a comment about all the roadkill. And then the skunk moved. It was alive.

I seriously was more afraid of that damn skunk than I was last summer when we saw two bears on our morning run. Yes a bear may eat me, but I've heard you can never quite get rid of that skunk smell!

20 comments:

Jamoosh said...

So we have a skunk who fancies himself an actor. Huh.

Jess said...

OMG! That poor half-alive skunk! That would've freaked me out.

joyRuN said...

I can't look at roadkill. I avert my eyes & hold my breath when I spot one. Blech!

Katie A. said...

Just getting caught up! Lots of golf, lots of swimming and running and a cute Sophie! You've been busy!!!!
I swear, I see some weird things on my runs - but a skunky playing "possum?" That is funny! And sad :( I hope he didn't suffer!
Have a great hump day girlie!
P.S. - read you had your best golf game in a while - what did you hit!? Just curious and want to cheer you on!!!

Diana said...

So did the raccoon have it's claws stretched out into the "f**k you" pose! Sometimes I see the roadkill and it totally looks like they're flipping the bird as their "last" gesture!
Skunk....stinky, stinky!
Nice running....

DRog said...

Forget about the skunk...that raccoon is FREAKY ...I hate seeing roadkill raccoons on side of road upside down with their hands and fingers in the air....that means they are living in the area...they have little hands. Ugh!~
-D

Tish said...

Yes, I would have been running fast the other way. I hate "eau de skunk," --takes me back to family car trips down the Appalachians to visit my grandmother. There was always "eau de skunk" along the way.

the dawn said...

morning roadkill is much preferred to "roasted in the sun all day" roadkill air. i always gag. in fact i need to get off my but and go run, but the fear of the stench is holding me back :)

glad your story didn't end with skunk smell everywhere!

P said...

I once saw an entire family of skunks on my morning run...thankfully they were far enough away that I had time to skedaddle out of the area!

Jill said...

I'd probaby panic if I saw a live skunk and I'd be toast!

Christine said...

Oh no! I hope you could escape the skunk! Last run we ran into a copperhead snake - alive! :(

Teamarcia said...

Blech! There's been a ton of roadkill around here as well.

Beth said...

I think both skunks and bears sound like bad news. Nature is dangerous! :)

Marlene said...

Ick, not my most favorite sights while out for a run!

onelittletrigirl said...

This week, I saw a dead chicken in the road.

Now we know why the chicken did not want to cross!

Jeri said...

omg I'd be scared of getting sprayed by a skunk too. EEEEW! I did get in for the TC 10 miler, so I'll be there to cheer you on at the end. We'll have to talk closer to the race, so I know what you're wearing, ~what time you should be coming in, etc. I can't wait to meet you!!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Ok, Heather, this is too funny! We saw a skunk during our brick on Monday as well! it was dancing around for us and then had it's tail up and pointing right at us! We all were freaking out! Luckily, it didn't spray us, because my husband said i would have been sleeping in the garage if we had.

I am scared of bears, btw! didn't know this until I moved to this part of the state. we had one wandering around town this summer, scary!

LMC said...

I would have freaked out!! But, seriously, raccoons, skunks AND bears?! I might be tempted to get on the treadmill, and I hate the treadmill. :) I hope you are done with the roadkill and the wildlife, at least on your runs!

Ali said...

I'm with you ... a skunk ran across the road in front of a car, about 100m in front of us last summer. It didn't get hit, but sprayed ... OMG the smell. Luckily we escaped.

DRog said...

Sorry I missed you today...hope you had a great race!