I had my sporty bike tuned up this past week and have biked to the beach and back twice since then. The first time I went was this past Wednesday and as I came to the small lake in the middle of our dunes running area I saw that the wild horses had had foals! In the 5 years that we’ve lived here and I’ve been going into the dunes, I’ve never seen foals or calves. They were laying down most of the time so it was hard to get a good photo, and I only had my iPhone with me.
Yes, I know, it’s hard to see them in this photo, but trust me, there are 3 foals laying there. I also took photos of the ever present cattle.
The area around the lake on this day was crowded with animals. Cattle, horses, bunnies, and all sorts of water fowl. It was a busy and noisy spot that day!
Today when I biked past there, the cattle and birds were all still there. There were more geese than ever, fattening up their young for the eventual trip south. With the weather we’ve been having they are probably wishing they’d stayed in the south and not bothered to come up here!
The horses had moved to a much quieter spot much farther away from the bike route. I saw them further up the trail, off in the distance. I hope to see them again before the foals are all full grown. I have also seen a fawn here in the dunes, which was also very special and hasn’t been repeated since.
By the way, after my fall down the stairs I’m a bit paranoid about falling, in any way. Yesterday we bought me a bike helmet. I will probably never need it (god I hope I don’t ever need it), but I feel safer and calmer wearing it. I really like biking to the beach and through the dunes. It’s the other crazy people out there that worry me – walking in front of me without warning or those crazy bike racers who think they own the road taking a corner too fast and taking me out with them. I shudder when I think about it, but I get back on the bike and head out. We live in a city on a busy street so this is my own chance for quiet and a little bit of nature. I’ll take it.