As I hiked along the Old Indian Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week, I heard an animal moving more or less in my direction through the forest. I stopped and waited, and waited, and suddenly, there it was - three of this creature. Although they are very common all across the USA, I have only seen them a handful of times while hiking. Can you guess?
I'm covered with a thick grey fur
So I'm a mammal, you'll concur
Some people say I wash my food
A silly myth - don't think me crude
For food, I'm not fastidious
I'll eat things you think hideous
I truly am an omnivore
Eat meat and fruit and lots things more
My paws resemble your fine hands
And serve me in my life's demands
Around my tail I've rings of black
I think I am a handsome jack!
I'm quite at home up in a tree
And won't come down despite your plea
And like a robber I've a mask
With this last clue, complete your task!
I think you
plenty of clues
to figure this
scroll D O W N
to find the
Did you just call the proper tune,
And guess that I'm a masked raccoon?
Three of these animals walked through the forest. They didn't see me, but at one point they began to move away, so I began walking towards them. Two started running, and the third - a younger one - climbed a tree. I snapped a couple of photos and then left him alone. It as an exciting sighting to see something a little different.
My vision is to describe hikes that I have taken. These will be sporadic, so if you like this blog, you may want to subscribe. If a lot of time goes on between hikes, then maybe I will write something about hiking in general, or describe an older hike from days gone by.