I've noticed a strange phenomena the last few weeks: People. Droves of them. Outside.
On days that I go running, I run early in the morning, and this morning was such a one. Unlike the dark months of winter, when there are just the occassional chance encounters with suspicious men with duffle bags and no one else, these summer morning runs almost qualify as "crowded".
This morning, for instance, I came across several dog walkers, dogless walkers, and a few runners scattered about.
There's a woman who has routinely been running at the track for several weeks now. I don't know if she runs everyday, or if her runs just happen to correspond with mine, but she's quite systematic. I also came across a relatively large woman working her way up a hill as I was going down. She moved over to the grass as I passed, took a swig from her water, and gave me a very cheerful, sweaty, breathless greeting.
Rounding a corner, I came upon another woman and her two dogs. She directed my attention to across the road where there were 4 deer a-grazing.
I will miss all this in December.