At around 11:30 a.m., I needed a break from research.
Sadie is always happy to be my break buddy, so I ate a Clif bar to ward off lunchtime hunger and drove out to the nearby hiking trails to cover two miles with her.
Sadie’s Christmas gift to me was an annual pass to all Florida state parks (yes, she gives gifts) and it was nice not to have to shell out $4 just to hike for 40 minutes.
On our last solo hike together we saw a snake, so I started to think about what I would do if I ran into a legitimate predator in the woods. There are signs cautioning hikers about bears in the park and though I carry mace with me, I highly doubt that would do much good against a bear if it was in attack-mode.
I questioned whether or not my standard little pepper spray would work against a bear on Twitter before our hike and a few of you told me about bear pepper spray.
I immediately placed an order for Mace Brand bear pepper spray when I got home after reading that it could spray up to 35 feet, is considered “humane” and is the strongest approved animal repellent by the EPA.
And if the bear pepper spray doesn’t work to scare off bears, I apparently have a demonic dog that might do the trick.
We didn’t see any bears on our hike, but we did see a white-tailed deer!
I think we spooked the deer a bit when we came around the corner because it made a grunting noise before taking off. Sadie tried to catch it with no luck.
We made it home with an hour and I threw together a simple lunch.
I made myself a toasted cheese wafflewich with two slices of sharp cheddar cheese and ate it along with a clementine, cherry tomatoes and a cup of Greek yogurt topped with a handful of almonds.
Another Christmas truffle served as dessert.
I wonder if I could ever get sick of truffles.