This chick got to take an impromptu, spur of the moment vacation to the southwestern portion of the United States. I had never been to this particular part of the country and I found it to be very rugged, yet beautiful in it’s own unique way. I try to walk/run every day so vacations can be challenging for that part of my routine, especially when you are not familiar with the area, terrain and the hazards that can be very different from your home where you are comfortable and can recognize when something is out of place or even know what the possible dangers are.
I was warned profusely about the rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widow spiders, tarantulas and other wildlife in the desert and cautioned to be careful while out on my run. I promised that I would in fact be watching out for all of those things as I myself am not a fan of the creepy crawly things they mentioned! I had started out staying close to the house as not to get lost but had found myself running out of road, so the next day I decided to take a different route along the “main road”. Please keep in mind that I am in the southern part of New Mexico where it is more desert than civilization. I’m walking along watching the ground for the previously mentioned hazards when I looked up and to the left to see about 30 steer running straight at me! I was in a panic! I was in a wide open space and was thinking “I can side step maybe one or two but not all of those!”
At this point, I looked around me and realized that there was one single cow right behind me behind a fence that was looking for a place to cross the road as to meet up with it’s friends. I realized I had nowhere to try and get away when suddenly the stampeding herd made a sharp turn as they were rapidly approaching the road I was on and just kept running up the hill. When I was able to calm myself down, I saw the barbed wire fence. What a lifesaver! The single cow behind me followed the rest of the herd from the other side of the road and they disappeared into the desert.
Now you would think this would have deterred me into going straight back to the house right? Not so much, I had to get all my miles in! I continued down my road feeling a little better about the journey knowing there was a fence. When I reached the halfway point from where I was staying, I simply turned around to face one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. I was standing on top of a hill in the desert looking down at its beauty with it’s rocks, tumbleweeds, and other desert plants and all the colors and mountains in the background, with nothing else in eyesight. I started back down the road and had that creepy feeling that I was being watched. I looked around and it took me a while to see the cow standing off to the side just watching me (see the above picture).
I kept going and kept eye contact with the cow. It continued to watch me approach the hill when all of a sudden, it took off and started running up the hill and disappeared after it reached the top. I figured it got tired of watching me. When I was coming down the backside of that hill, I was still getting that feeling of being watched. I actually had to stop walking and look closely only to find that cow, hiding in the brush still watching me! I’m sure that those free range cows are not used to seeing people out just walking and was just curious about what the heck I was doing out there.
I am safely back in Northern Michigan where I am in my comfort zone and not having to worry about stampeding cows and poisonous creepy crawly things.
The Result of the Stampede…… (Just kidding)
Tex Mex Burgers
1 pound Ground Round Beef
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp Spice Chicks One Hot Mama Chili Powder
1 tsp Glamor Girl Garlic with Parsley
1 tsp Intoxicating Onion with Parsley
Mix all ingredients together. Form into 1/4 pound patties. Grill to perfection.