Today was a nice sunny day, so we went to Hemlingby to see how the forest was doing. Hemlingby has lots of great trails, and also little gazebos and mini-cabins for picnics. We skied there a time or two when it was snowy, but haven’t been there in weeks. Graham has run a lot on the treadmill but me not so much, so we compromised on a 10km run. It was a bit windy but not to bad in the trees. However, not a lot of sunlight had penetrated to some densely forested parts, so we ran over snow in a few places and saw residual snowpiles in other places. It rained cats and dogs yesterday, and that along with the snow melt made for a boggy run with lots of detours around puddles and streams. Unfortunately the lake had flooded out the trail at about 6km in, so we had to turn around and do an out-and-back (a little longer than I set out for, but I survived).
The awesome highlight of my run was the huggorm (viper) I saw on the trail. He was sunning himself sleepily and I almost stepped on him, he was not so quick to get out of my way. He was as long as a big garter snake but much thicker, and he had an awesome light blue-gray on black zigzag pattern. He also had a big head, so it didn’t look like he just ate worms and grasshoppers. I didn’t actually find out he was a huggorm until I got home to google it, turns out he is a protected species who eats rodents and birds. I am amazed a cold-blooded animal can live so far north, and be awake and slithering between snowpiles.