We saw a snake. Looks like a common gartersnake, which is pretty harmless.
I love running with Dixie. She is a good trail finder. I actually insisted on one turn off that she tried to take that she was wrong. Just a few minutes down the wrong trail, I realized she was right! No wonder she gave me that look when I said "No, that's not the way back, Dixie." She is a great running companion. Never even complains, even when she is hot.