My pedometer had more than 11,000 steps on it by the time I got home. I know that pedometer is under-counting, as the route I walked was over 12 km, and my stride is somewhere between three feet and a meter.
The odd zig-zags coming back through Quarry Lakes' parking lot was my bird investigation. On the way out, I observed a couple of birds -- killdeer, I think -- sitting oddly on the parking lot and acting like they were injured, while some folks were getting in to their vehicle. The people there told me that they'd seen a nest on the ground near that parking space. On my way back, I went to look. As I approached the little dirt island in the sea of asphalt, one of the birds bounced up and walked off a short distance and sat down, obviously enticing me to follow. I had a look -- sure enough, scraped into a tiny depression in the dirt traffic island at the foot of a small tree were four little speckled eggs, looking very vulnerable. I then followed the bird and let it lead me away from the nest before heading back to my main course.
Earlier, on my outbound trip, I spotted two jack rabbits loping along across my path. On the way home, there were quite a few ground squirrels and fence lizards along the riprap on Alameda Creek, turkey vultures catching thermals over the lakes, and the usual assortment of ducks and geese. It was a really pretty day, nice and clear without being too hot. I even remembered to put on sunscreen before leaving the house, so I think I avoided sunburn.
It's nice to know that I could probably walk to the Union City BART station in an hour if I pushed it, or more likely 90 minutes. I bet it would take about the same amount of time to walk to Fremont BART. Possibly sometime I'll test that trip. Now the reckoning comes, though. There are things I really must get done this weekend, and this weekend is almost over and I spent today avoiding work because it was such a nice day out there.