Dedicated stalkers will, of course, recognize that this is where I live.
Between my house and my detached garage? That little structure is my swing. One of my favorite things to do on the warm nights is sit on my swing and contemplate various things. So, Saturday night, hoping to somewhat salvage my mood, I got myself a Left Hand Smoke Jumper (100) and went out to my swing to do some contemplating.
Right behind my swing is a tree. You can probably see it in the picture. Anyway, As I sat down, I heard this rustling from under the tree. My eyes hadn't adjusted to the dark yet, so I couldn't see anything. Then I heard the rustling again. Closer this time.
"Kitty kitty?" I asked hopefully.
Then there was more rustling, and something, some thing ran under the swing and across my driveway to the front of the house.
And it wasn't no damn kitty.
From what little I could see about its size and the way it moved, I'm guessing it was a big raccoon. Or a small grizzly bear.
Yes, it freaked me out a little. Rabies probably wouldn't be a fun way to die. Being mauled and/or eaten probably wouldn't be that great either.