At Evergreen we always have a few weeks of bad weather during the transition between winter and spring. It's usually cold, very windy and includes a wet rain/snow mix. It can turn the spring sports practices into a miserable experience. That's how it was a couple of years ago when my son played baseball in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
After dropping him off, we'd wander along the banks of Clear Creek and scramble across the smooth boulders strewn throughout the canyon. We met the little fox pictured above during one of our baseball-practice-time-kiling-excursions. The den we discovered was a network of cracks, crevices, holes and tunnels located within a jumble of gray rocks.
There were three kits, each with a different personality. One was cautious and shy, one was serious and aloof and the other was curious and rowdy. We spent many cool, damp hours observing them at rest and at play. After a while, they seemed to accept our presence so I was able to get lots of good photos. Watching them was a learning experience. They made us think and laugh but most of all, they made the time fly by.
I began looking forward to going to practice and the weekly nature moments with our furry friends. Before I knew it, the season was over and I greatly missed our evening hikes down to the fox den. I've never made it back to that spot since but I've always wondered what happened to those little guys. They grow up so fast.