We walked along a trail that believe it or not, falls within Baltimore City. It follows a creek of some kind. You just have to hope that no one graffiti-tags your car while you’re out on the trail.
I like a nice, organized trail, with a clear path and no weeds that you have to shimmy by or vines that I have to duck under.
At one point, Pinky ducked off the trail. Can’t be sure what she was doing over there but I have my suspicions.
There was one point where a bridge went over a shallow portion of the waterway, which is a great place for dogs to play. There were about 5 running around with their owners and each other. I felt bad for one poor pooch, whose tennis ball somehow sunk. He wanted it desperately, but not so badly that he’d put his nose in the water to get it. He kept pawing it around the bottom and looking pitifully back at his owner.
After about 10 minutes, he finally stuck his nose in and got his ball. I love a happy ending.
The water there made me wonder if there were any fish, and the fish made me wonder if there were any bears. The thought of bears made me remember an old commercial I saw once online. Maybe you’ve seen it before.
In the very earliest days that I had a computer, (circa 1998 or so), this commercial made the rounds.
It still cracks me up. “Look, an eagle!” Cheeky bastard.
Then, tonight when I went to look for the commercial on YouTube, I saw that there were John West commercials…
I’m a total sucker for physical comedy done well. Or maybe it’s the waders; it just looks funny.
Lastly, I was reminded of this joke. Again, maybe you’ve heard it before… I probably got it emailed to me years and years ago, but it stuck around in my memory banks. (And probably in my vast joke file, which is now so freakin’ vast it’s damned near impossible to find anything I’m looking for in it.
An atheist is walking through the woods on a bright summer day. As he comes across an open meadow, he spots a huge bear looking right back at him. The bear comes dashing straight at him, roaring in outrage.
As the bear reared back one of his giant paws to strike, the atheist says, “Oh my God, HELP!”
In an instant, everything froze. No branches waved, no grass moved. The bear was frozen in time, as was everything in the forest, except the atheist.
Then he heard a voice, “And what would YOU like this God, in whom you do not believe, to do?”
The atheist swallowed hard and said, “God, I know I’ve spent my lifetime saying you don’t exist and denouncing your ways. It would be hypocritical for me to ask you to come to my aid and spare me from harm. But your creature, brother bear… would it be too much to ask if you were to make HIM a Christian?”
A great thunderclap sounded and the world swam back into motion. The bear abruptly sat down at the atheist’s feet and bowed his head.
The atheist then heard the bear say, “Bless us oh Lord, and these thy gifts…”
Maybe I should keep my nature walks confined to the mall…