I had to cancel this weekend's adventuring due to illness, so instead I give you a little excitement from this weekend. Yesterday I was out brushing the dog when my neighbor Ed came out to tell me to stay away from the dumpster. He said he saw a raccoon go in and never saw him come out. So of course, I ran for my camera and spent the next 30 minutes with my forehead against the fence.
I know raccoons are generally regarded as varmints, but I'd never seen one up close before. After watching him plot his escape for half an hour (from what turned out to be a completely empty dumpster,) I have decided that raccoons are like the ninjas of wildlife. I have no doubt that ever raccoon story I've ever heard is 100% true.