Robb and I went out cycling today at Briones Regional Park with Ken-ichi, who is someone that I "know" through the photo-sharing site Flickr. I had long admired his photos, and it was fun to finally meet in person.
Along the trail, we met a family who had found a snake. Once the mom ascertained that the snake wasn't poisonous, the kids carefully picked it up, and when we happened on them, they were enjoying snake-snuggling. I was really impressed by this, because the family responded with confidence and curiosity, instead of freaking out.
I also was delighted that this little girl and I own the same shirt. And that the kids let me hold the snake for a moment.
The park, like many around here, has a mixed agricultural and recreational mission. However, cows and cycling do not go very well together. Apart from the obvious obstacles, the cows' hoof-prints make the paths very bumpy. And if that weren't challenging enough for Robb, the paths were also pock-marked with gopher holes. I think we need to stick to paved trails, for the time being.
But a difficult day of cycling in glorious sunshine sure beats a day sick at home, right?