I awoke this morning to the sound of a Common Poorwill calling outside my tent (decidedly rare west of the Cascade crest), so I grabbed my iPhone, turned it on, and broadcast a poorwill recording while still inside my sleeping bag, just before dawn. Apparently it was loud enough, since the poorwill immediately fluttered in to land next to my stash of day-old pizza, sitting about four feet from my tent’s door flap.
That kicked the morning off to a good start, and I walked a steady 29.7 miles, passing close by Mount Jefferson around lunchtime. Today’s oddest moment happened suddenly when I surprised another hiker while she was, er, taking care of serious business, pants down, full moon showing… two feet from the trail! Yuck. Hope I never get that lazy!
What a nice, intimate start to your day – the poorwill, that is. This is why you are doing what you are doing.