Warning, may contain information that may disturbing to some

I drove recently on a mountain highway, and noticed a difference between squirrels and chipmunks.  The highway was Route 89, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway that goes around Mt. Shasta on the way to Burney Falls, and on to Susanville, CA. I’ve taken that road several times in the last two years to visit family, so am getting to know it well.

Chipmunks and squirrels do different things as they cross the road. Chipmunks are fast, and scurry back and forth. They run up to the edge of the road, squat up on their hind legs, with tails twitching, and look for traffic. Twitch, twitch, it will start across. Then it will go back, then forward, then back, then run at full sprint across the road, and make it to the other side.

I drive, see that cute little rodent at 55 mph, and grimace, knowing It will be the last second alive for the chipmunk. We drivers are a curious, morbid lot, always checking the rear-view mirror for the carnage. What surprise to see the little guy race off into the forest! Happy ending.

Next week, the squirrel.