I don’t know, is there anything more Canadian than two RCMP officers dressed in red serge mounted on magnificent black horses in a Starbucks drive through? Well yeah, they maybe should have picked a Tim Hortons, but still. Lots of weird stuff happening during our country’s 150th birthday year. This was in June (click on pic for link).
The only reason I know about it is because I looked it up on Monday morning after I was walking through my living room on my way to somewhere else and heard the clippity clop of big horse feet, and thought that’s pretty weird shit for this or any random little residential street. So I looked out my front window as two mounted police went by my house.
This is the kind of thing that makes you wonder if you’re hallucinating, insane, deluded, dreaming, or all of the above. I could so easily have missed it. There was no time to grab my phone to take a picture because although they were going at a very leisurely pace, they were there and then they were gone in the time it took for me to pick my jaw up off the floor.
The only thing I could find online was this coffee run picture from a month ago. I guess they may very well be doing these patrols intermittently all summer around here. And I would have been oblivious to this news if it hadn’t walked by my front yard.
So, here’s a list of things I have seen this summer although I don’t live in a rural setting or by a pond or in a forest:
- A big black and white cat.
- Many dogs on leashes walking their humans
- A coyote
- A pair of mallard ducks checking out the neighbors driveway mud puddle
- Two jack rabbits. Or could be more, they all look alike.
- The resident squirrel and the encroaching squirrels he chatters at and chases away
- Many big black crows
- Lots of gorgeous magpies
- A few bluejays
- HORSES for the love of God.
So what’s next, elephants and UFOs? I’ll keep you posted.
Hey, speaking of posted, I read in the local paper that postal workers want to bring back door to door mail delivery here. Maybe not-so-disgruntled mail carriers will be the next thing I see from my very own front door. Not holding my breath for that one though.