A nature walk on the banks of the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. A refreshing (if muddy) escape from four days of listening to dry presentations about project management best practice in large rooms with bad coffee and baby-poo walls. My colleague Roger joined me on a five-mile walk where we met many interesting and mythical animals.
First, groundhogs are real. We had a lively debate about whether what we saw was a woodchuck, a marmot, some form of mutant miniature beaver, or imaginary. Wikipedia kindly cleared this up.
There were many birds, most notable of which was a rather handsome male cardinal. Unlike our Australian cardinals, he sat quietly in a tree, appeared to have no opinion on contraception, and denied nothing.
We also disturbed a pair of white-tailed deer, but I couldn’t get a picture.
We had planned a big loop along the river and then a walk back along the road, but were deterred by a river crossing. It was at least six inches deep, and looked a bit slippery. As one does, we performed a risk assessment, judged the job could not be performed safely, and turned back along (but not through, because that isn’t allowed) the golf course.