Today Sarah, Lisa and I were driving back up the mountain after a doctor's appointment in the desert and we saw a whole herd of one of the most endangered animals in our neck of the woods. This is an extremely rare event. We know of several people who have been living up here almost their entire lives and have never seen Peninsular Big Horn Sheep.
It's easy to see why. They are the almost the exact same color as the dirt and rocks. If they hadn't been directly next to the road they would have just melted into their surroundings and we would have whizzed past them unaware of their presence.
It made my day. There is something undeniably thrilling about unexpected wildlife encounters of this sort...kind of like seeing a celebrity in a restaurant or walking down the street.
I'm sorry Bowden missed it, but he was at home with Nanny, who graciously offered to watch him and Lucy while we went down to the desert. After the doctor's appointment we ate out sans kids. I had forgotten how nice it is to go out and do stuff without the kids in tow.
We rushed home after our "happy day" in the desert because we were having two couples (the Whites and Towlers) over from church for dinner and Settlers of Catan. It was a little crazy because they have little ones too, but again Nanny stepped up and kept them largely at bay while we played our game.
It was a good day!