Headed out for a morning pass at Remarkable Flats. It had been a while since I had been there--not since early July?--and the area is too much fun to have not run there in so long.
Sharing the area, as it turned out, were more cows than I have ever seen out there before, mostly clustered right in the area I was parking in. Maybe the area is being used as a staging area as the biannual cattle migration begins, moving cows eastward towards lower pastures or towards Greeley and other similar locales. And these cows were very talkative.
It's also about the time that the shooting restriction season ends, and over in the gravel quarry--a favorite shooting spot--someone was shooting something that sounded like it was a muzzle loader. Besides the sound, the shots were few and far between.
I've never worried a second about being out running during muzzle loading (hunting) season, assuming that with the limited range and accuracy of muzzle loaders, hunters armed with same could/would only take shots at animals they could see very well and which were very close to them. But today, for some reason, as I was warming up and running out towards my start point, I revisited that notion. My assumption would be correct if my assumption that hunters were using smooth bore rifles of the sort used during the Revolutionary War was also correct, but I realized (only today) that I had no basis for that second assumption. And if they were using rifled barrels and something like minie balls, then they would be quite capable of killing even large animals with great accuracy over even very long distances. Hmmm....sometimes it's better to not think too much!
But I'm still not going to worry about muzzle loading hunters. If they shoot me, they just better have a license for swampfoxes when they check in at the nearest Fish and Game station.
Beautiful day to be out, with sunshine, temperatures closer to average for the season, the clearest air we've had in a good many weeks, and, again, all the cattle you could wish for to run with. I ran with good speed, but kept things dialed back a higher intensity on grounds of having a little scratchiness in my throat when I woke up this morning. Hit all my controls just like a good desperado should.