A Walk in the Park

Sophie and I went to the park today, despite the fact that it was a bazillion degrees out.

Sophie out ahead (of course).

While I found Virginia stickseed (tiny little burrs that cling to your clothing) and more mosquitoes than I care to think about. Sophie found this:

A woodland box turtle.

Because she was ahead of me and I couldn’t see what she was half-worried/excited over, I was semi-afraid it was a snake encounter, which was on my mind after our recent OBX vacation and which I still need to update you all on. I was relieved to see it was a turtle. Sophie still had to give it a couple of extra sniffs as we passed by because it was center in the trail and there was no way around it.

We said: sorry Mr. Turtle (it could have been a Ms., how to know?!)

So who do you think had the better find of the day, Sophie or me? Haha. I have the welts to prove hers was the better find!

17 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. It’s a bazillion degrees here too. My horse is shedding out his summer coat. I am worried that this means he will now be growing in his winter thicker coat. That means I will have to have him clipped. In a normal year I don’t have to do that until mid October! I like the look of that turtle Sophie found it is rather attractive looking.

    1. It has definitely not been a normal year. Do horses not shed as per the temperature? (I’m probably not following completely.)

      Yes, this box turtle struck me as being more orange than ones I’ve seen recently. I don’t know if that means he is relatively young or not.

      1. Horses shed out based on the number of hours of daylight. The days are only fractionally shorter but….he may be shedding early . I’m not sure.

      2. That is seriously interesting! So it has nothing to do with the temperature as with a dog’s coat. I love learning something new! (Of course, I know next to nothing about horses so everything is new!)

    1. It used to be a nicer park but they’ve begun to cater to a children’s water park (which didn’t exist a few years ago) and aren’t keeping up the trails. I literally was scrabbling through vines to get back to our car. Ah, well. I do have many fond memories of walking dogs in that park.

    1. I presume by water you mean water for Sophie? We weren’t very far from home and didn’t stay long. Far too hot! And, like you, I do worry about heat exhaustion, etc. Some have called me a worry wart! πŸ™‚

      1. Box turtles need just the amount of water for their diet and since they eat a lot of leaves and vegetation they get a lot of water that way. The park has a couple of creeks and some wetland areas (thus mosquitoes) so I imagine he does okay.

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