Some of the strangest things (that I can post about) that I've seen on trail runs:
Teen/twenty-somethings pot-smoking in the woods. (Well, not so strange, after all).
A wedding veil.
A live human, playing "army man" while laying on the side of the trail, after dark.
A horseshoe welded to a 3/4-inch box-end wrench. Whatdaheck???
A dead raccoon, hanging from a branch
A dead, bloated raccoon on the ground, that Kyle and James just missed stepping on.
A dead, bloated possum on the ground.
Various other dead or "skeletanized" animals.
Many live animals, including poisonous snakes that I've had to jump over.
A hive of mad, bald-faced hornets looking to sting any passing trailrunner (at the MN Voyageur 50-miler).
A dog with 3 legs trying to keep up with me, and doing a fair job of it.
A couple "coupling" in the back of an SUV on a cold winter day. The park ranger was at the trail head, waiting for them to finish (so he could have a word with them). Remember that one, Kyle?
Various other half-dressed couples caught fornicating in the woods.
Turtles mating in the middle of the trail...(for hours and hours).
A beaver gnawing on a tree.
A really large flock of wild turkeys taking off in the middle of the night (from their roosts), and us listening to them loudly crash into tree trunks.
Two passed-out Wakarusa (music festival) fans who'd partially set up a tent in the middle of the North Shore Trail in Lawrence, KS.
Debbie slapping the hell out of Julie. Julie slapping the hell out of Debbie. (They used the excuse of a biting horsefly).
A large, normally gleeful Russian ultrarunner not clearing a tree branch, yet again.
A large, semi-conscious Russian ultrarunner laying on his back on the ground, yet again.
A male trailrunner wearing a "Little Red Riding Hood" outfit. A trailrunner wearing a Darth Vader helmet. A trailrunner impersonating a large Russian ultrarunner. (Okay, it WAS Halloween).
A male trailrunner wearing panty hose in an attempt to keep ticks off of his legs.
I could tell you some other things that I've seen before, but I couldn't post them in this media due to FCC rules, the laws of my fair State, and the basic laws of Nature. I'll tell you out on a trail run, sometime.
What about you? What have you seen on a trail run?
5 weeks ago