As I headed up the road that my house is on my headlights illuminated the coyote on the side of the road.
I have seen the coyote before.
Then he was bounding across the road, perpendicular to the path of my car, a muscled blur of gray and tan. Tonight the coyote was walking towards me on the left side of the road. We were less than a half mile from my house.
Who knows how far he was from his.
As my car approached him he didn’t run away. He took a couple of steps into the woods on the side of the road. As I pulled up to him I stopped the car and rolled the drivers side window down and said, “hello.” I was probably 10 to 15 feet away from him when I said hello. He didn’t say anything. He just stood there eyeing me curiously, probably thinking what the hell does this guy want. I said “hello” again.
He took another step deeper into the woods.
I am sure he was thinking that I was crazy. Then again, it’s not everyday I try talking to a coyote. Obviously I need to practice my coyote pick up lines.
We stayed like that for a couple minutes – him a couple steps into the woods, me sitting in my car with the window open trying to have a conversation with a coyote.
It was pretty cool, he was beautiful. Obviously well fed. We finally broke off our conversation. A pretty one-sided conversation at that. I said goodnight and drove away.
I’d love to tell you he nodded at me or howled into the night but no. I just drove away. Mother nature is pretty cool and every once in a while she works a little magic. Tonight was one of those instances of mom nature magic.