One of the exciting aspects to my Saturday morning long skates is that I never know what to expect to see along the way. I do typically anticipate a confrontation with at least one dog but I didn't think I'd ever have to skate slowly around a Llama - standing in the middle of the road.
Of course the happy hormones (endorphines, etc.) are pumping strong around mile ten but not enough to produce hallucinations. Off in the distance, about a 1/2 mile a way, I thought I saw a huge dog waiting for me. I started planning my defense tactics to beat the beast away. Soon I realized I would be dealing with an animal that I know can spit some pretty good goobers. Something new! I just didn't want the hacker to lunge a greeny at me. Not much time to think, less than 20 yards away. What was I going to do?
I decided to be nice and skate slowly around. I thought perhaps not looking him/her/it in the eye would help too. I just smiled and moved by. The worst was catching a drift of his insane smell.
Obviously the Llama broke out of his fenced area. The owner was working on it when I passed by.