I want to bring you back to yesterday afternoon. I had my weekly smile for this week all figured out. I had returned to New Hampshire and was running, planning the post in my head as I went. But then it changed…
I saw an animal cross the road in front of me, from one wooded area to another. It was just a black silhouette with no detail. I thought “cat”, but it was pretty big. It also moved like a wild animal. My next thought was “Fisher “, but it was taller, with longer legs. After crossing, it turned toward me (I know it saw me before) and must have decided that I was moving faster than original thought, so it ran into the woods, again not running like a domestic animal. For a half a second I though “gray fox”, though it would have been on the large side.
When I got even to were I saw the animal, I slowed and scanned the woods. The road is on a hill and it is steep where the animal went. After the initial thick underbrush, there was a small clearing at about eye level. In the small clearing was a rock and on the rock was a cat. The cat watched me as I ran slowly by. The face was the face of a wildcat, but I thought pretty small.
Later I compared the size of the face with Albert. Albert is, at 15+ lb a big cat, head and shoulders bigger than a “normal” cat. The “little” cat face I saw in the woods was about twice the size of his face. Twice Albert’s size? Maybe 30 lbs? Continue reading