Luckily, between my screaming and braking, and its impressive skidaddling time, no one was hurt. Well, except for my sense of understanding of the world. If there's one place I would have thought safe from the possibility of accidentally killing an enormous bird, it would be on my bike. Apparently, I was wrong.
Over the several minutes it took to catch my breath, and numerous retellings of the story over drinks in which the eagle became rabid and then a dragon and finally a rabid dragon, it lead me to wonder what else I don't know about giant birds.
Well, lucky for me, and any of you might find yourself in a similar sitch, tonight at The Idaho Botanical Garden, you can catch Linda DeEulis's lecture: Myth, Mythology and Reality: Hawks and Falcons. DeEulis is the executive director of Snowden Wildlife Sanctuary, which was founded in 1989 to rehabilitate wildlife from whatever bike accidents they might fall victim to. The lecture is free with Garden admission and starts at 7 p.m.
And if my experience counts for anything, its probably best not to ride your bike.