Saturday, May 12, 2007
This photo was taken last month by Anthony Brantley at Pirates Cove 50k. I have always loved coyotes and I love to see them while I am running. They are mysterious and bashful,wild and proud. We used to have many coyotes at the ranch I lived at years ago. They would come down and try and leer our dogs away. Sometimes I would watch them play with each other. They seemed to share a special bond. I always felt a bit afraid for our dogs, but they were big enough not to ever be threatened. I miss hearing their howls and chatter late at night. While running Wasatch last year, I heard a group of them howling into the night. It was an awesome sound to hear in the dark with only a flashlight to light my way. This picture takes me back to a time in my life when life was a little less crazy and a tad bit more wild, with no kids and very few responsibilities. Sometimes I think that I am like this coyote, running with a wild streak in me, forever young and forever free.