I mentioned the 'cat?' to a few different people. It drew laughter
each time. Hell, I don't know. The only thing I saw was a dark
shadow moving down the trail in the dark. This happened on top
of Dives-Little Giant just after we found the trail at summit,
and again a few hundred yards down the trail going towards
Arrastra. The sun had just gone down and we didn't have our
lights on yet, using the last light of sunset down to the road.
My pacer, Paul Schmidt has better eyes than I and got a better
look. He swears it was a cat. I was 90+ miles stupid and ran
faster in the same direction 'it' had gone...
Steve Pero wrote:
> Good story Joe....brought back many memories, especially the fact
> that I wasn't far behind you, so shared many of the same experiences.
> Not having a pacer through the final three miles really slowed me
> down though and as long as I didn't see any lights behind me, didn't
> feel the need to move faster ;-)
> One thing in your story triggered a memory that I had only shared
> with Deb....
> While you were running down the road into Arrastra, you saw a dark
> figure on the road.
> Well, I also saw a dark figure, but even though it was very dark out,
> I could somewhat make it out. When I first came running down the
> road, my light caught the green eyes looking back at me and as I got
> closer to it, the "labrador retriever" size animal lept very cat like
> into the woods on the right. With one hop, it must've jumped ten feet
> up! (No, I was not hallucinating)
> Does anyone know what this could have been? Have there been any
> mountain lion sightings that close to Silverton?
> All I know is it scared the heck out of me and I cautiously moved a
> little quicker down the road, shining my light behind from time to
> see you all next year!
> Steve Pero
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