Got a slightly early start on the day, and decided to make use of it by taking the Long Option for morning walkies: 8.mumble miles, with a decent hill in the middle.
Being as how I'm not fully up to speed*, this took rather longer than one might wish, and I didn't get back to my car until 0925, what with stopping to chat with people I hadn't seen in a while, buy eggs at the farm, and so on.
Then a couple of urgent morning errands, and now home.
I have the definite feeling I should have fried up some pork sausage this morning. The pastry-and-eggs I had wore off about the time I finished the hike.
Still not much in the way of photogenic wildlife; the camera seems to keep it away. I did get some snaps of the Dread Guardian of the Forest, who'd just caught a chipmunk. (Photo to follow; gotta work now.)
Update: I can haz stripey skwirl?
Incidentally, that was quite a small chipmunk; the Dread Guardian is a rather young, and not notably big, pygmy mountain lion. As in, smaller than a going-on-6-months-old, runt-of-the-litter, Top Hat. Alas, I was unable to include an obscure military artifact for scale.
* Except that, assuming it was 8.4 miles and I started at 0645, that works out to a bit over 3 miles/hour, which pretty much is full speed. Maybe I just need to start earlier, or only do the long edition on days when I don't have anything urgent the rest of the morning.