But I didn't wake up.
It was five after six when I woke up. I laid there for a few minutes and then decided I still had time for a quick run. It's light already, and I could hear birds outside. I took my phone, but I didn't listen to any music. I started from my driveway this time instead of the trail. I did stretch before I left, but my legs felt like they weighed a couple hundred pounds. Well, mine probably do, but they usually don't feel like they do.
Shortly after I got on the trail I looked at the creek. It was so still it looked like glass. Then I heard a really loud splash! I don't know what jumped into the water, but when I turned around there was some strange beaver-looking thing running up to the water. I slowed down because I had no idea what it was. It looked, seriously, like a beaver without the tail. It was too cute to be a rat, plus it's face was fatter. It wasn't a possum. I had no clue! Well, that was exciting! There were a few other animals to see but nothing else out of the ordinary. I did a quick 1.5 miles and I had to get back home to get ready for work.
When I got home, I was telling my husband about it. Immediately, he was like, "Oh, it must have been a nutria." What? I've never heard of such a thing; but I looked it up, and sure enough, it was a nutria. How does he know that? Or does everyone know that and I'm just a sheltered non-nature momma that only knows basic animals? In case you are like me, here's a picture of my natural encounter.
|Not the actual one, but this looks like him.|
As we get hotter and hotter here in Texas, I'll have to get my runs in early like today or later in the evening. I guess that's really when all creek side creatures come out anyway.