It was cold. It was cloudy and rainy, but we headed out anyway. I found a tabletop grill on Tehachapi Classifieds for $15 and I wanted it. I arranged to meet with the owner down at the Keene Cafe, telling her it would take me at least 20 min. to get there. I asked Robert if he wanted to drive me (I could have driven myself, but felt more comfortable having him do the driving in this weather). So off we went.
We turned the corner of Tulip St. and suddenly there in the middle of the street were two small Mule Deer, similar to the one in the photo above. We recognized them as two of the four deer that had been visiting our back yard recently. We knew that the other two had to be lurking somewhere nearby, and sure as anything, we saw movement in the yard to our left. There was the third fawn and what we assume to be their mother, nervously watching us as we sat waiting in the street. They quickly leaped over the split rail fence to join the first two deer. Once in the street, they seemed confused and unsure as to where to go. When they realized that we weren’t moving, they gathered to the right side of the street and began to casually walk towards the nearby street corner. The street led into a cul-de-sac, and as we approached the intersection, we watched them begin to run. I knew they were headed between the houses and down into the valley below. Most likely, they would head around to our back yard and snack on the bird seed from our feeder. We love watching them as they move through our yard–so graceful and quiet.
We’re often treated to the sight of deer or bobcats in our back yard, and feel truly blessed to live in a place where we can see them outside of the confines of a zoo. As we continued on down the street, Robert commented that seeing the deer was one of the great things about living in the country.
Enjoy your day — be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.