The highlight of any trip is the opportunity to see the local squirrels.
California is full of enterprising squirrels just waiting to separate you from your hard earned trail mix.
This little guy works the botanical gardens in San Francisco along with his four friends.
Then there is this guy who controls the much sought after parking lot territory at pebble beach.
This one is a real puzzle though, what kind of funny looking squirrel is this?
He’s not really a flying squirrel, but here is a nice video showing how far a squirrel can leap from a standing start.
Eastern grey squirrels can jump 8 feet from a standing start, so he probably could leap even further. Squirrels can reach amazing distances from a running start.
We went for a walk by the beach the other day. Temperatures were -10°C (-26° with the windchill) but it didn’t seem to bother the squirrels.
There were lots of them out.
A few of them were feeding off this tree eating buds or something. We’re not exactly sure.
While others were taking peanuts from an old man out on his electric scooter. Here’s one such squirrel making off with his peanut.
I finally finished managed to dig myself out from the snow-nami we had two days ago. Right after the last shovelful was gone—the sun decided to come out.
The squirrels came by for lunch, and this included our old friend piggy shown here.
Starting Thursday, we were hit by a snownami up here in Toronto! The storm, which lasted 2 days is the biggest snowstorm to hit Toronto in 5 years.
Before the storm really got going, the squirrels came out to feed and seemed famished. Maybe they sensed the worsening weather?
They ate with urgency and vicious fights broke out, even drawing blood sometimes.
After they finished eating, the squirrels all disappeared and weren’t seen until after the storm had passed.
Here are some pictures of our friends during the storm.