Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hike at Kelly Butte with a Tag Along

I read about this place the other day. It's within walking distance from my house, so I thought I would give it a try. First, it's not a park as much as an abandoned stretch of road leading to what might have been planned housing but for whatever reason never happened. The entrance/parking lot is at the end of a residential area. Lot's of graffiti and trash abound as you enter the park but the rest of the area is litter free hiking trails.

Half way though the hike something swooped down toward me, and I batted it away. I then looked up and noticed it was a parrot of some kind. It tried to swoop down at me again, and this time I just let it land. It stayed on my shoulders for quite a while. It was so cute. It went from one shoulder to the next, then it nibbled at my neck with its beak. It even tried to get into my coat through my collar. 

After a while I was concerned that if it was lost, I might be taking it too far away to get back home, so I back tracked, and when we got to the place where it had jumped on originally, it jumped back off my shoulders and onto a tree. I am hoping it lives around there and knows how to get back. It didn't look dirty or stressed, so I am sure it's fine.