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Grey Squirrels are Amphibious?

So I DID go out kayaking again today, because it was just too nice a day not to take advantage of it, and of the fact that I have tomorrow off too. Decided to go out on the lower Charles, down around Harvard and downtown. Did about 7.5 miles in total, from Eliot Bridge down to Harvard Bridge (the really really long one that goes across at MIT). Arms are now like limp spaghetti, because the outward paddle was all against a stiff headwind.

Saw not one but *TWO* grey squirrels, though. SWIMMING across the river. At the wide parts, too. And yes, they were squirrels, not rats, because I could see their fluffy tails, which were floating on the surface rather than waterlogged and slicked-down. And I said, "Go, little dudes", because they were certainly paddling industriously, but -- I had no idea that squirrels were swimmers. Like, at ALL.


In other news, I am so desperately missing hockey that I TiVo'ed an ESPN Classic broadcast of the 2001 Stanley Cup game seven, in which the Avs beat the Devils, resulting in former Bruin Ray Borque winning his first Cup in his 22-year NHL career. It was very emotional, and I am not ashamed to say that I cried, even at a game that is more than 3 years old. I really, really want hockey to start up again, clearly. And the thing is, we still don't know if there's going to *BE* a season, or when it's going to start, or what. *whimper*


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Sep. 6th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
That's really cool. So were they swimming together or were they two separate events?
Sep. 7th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
Two separate events. Though -- grey squirrel synchronized swimming! That'd be quite something, wouldn't it?
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