Shortly after I got to the spot where the center trail and tracks meet about halfway up the gulch this morning, a flashlight turned on up ahead. As I got closer I said good morning, and a man's voice replied from a little hiding spot. He said he was there filing coyotes using a thermal night vision camera, and one was right in front of me that I didn't even see because it was so dark! So close, that he thought I was walking a dog at first, but the angles of our paths didn't make sense.
I asked if he'd be posting video on YouTube or somewhere else where I could find it, but alas, he said no.
I'd already been toying with the idea of doing a big loop back to the car via the residential neighborhoods, and since he was filming there, I went ahead and did it rather than walk through again on the way back. This was a good time of year to do that because I got to see some Christmas lights, and because school's out, there weren't any crowded bus stops to try to get around.
It was garbage day, though, and I kept running into trucks. You can't win them all.