Dead End

Stupid Mapquest!

Stupid Mapquest!

Unlike our complex road system we drive on, the arboreal highways and byways squirrels travel on every day do not suffer from road sign overload.  While this means there are no stop sqturday squirrel logosigns or speed limits for our furry friends to obey, it also means they are pretty much on their own discovering the unexpected twists and turns that can be encountered on their chosen path.  This squirrel would have probably appreciated it had there been a Dead End sign to warn him that taking the exit ramp onto this branch was going to lead him nowhere fast.  And of course, there also isn’t a weight limit sign to warn this sciurine pedestrian just how light he’d have to be to not send this whole thin section of the twig road crumbling down.

Sorry that we can’t give you directions to the next roundabout to turn around in… but since you look so cute while getting lost, we at The Nest would like to award you with the honor of being this week’s Saturday Squirrel, which is always a more sought after title than Sunday Driver…

Have a great weekend, but proceed with caution!

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to Dead End

  1. it’s probably the twin of my dad who took the emergency exit down too :o)

  2. Ally Bean says:

    Your proper use of the word “arboreal” had me hooked on this post before I even saw the cool photo. You do amaze.

  3. draliman says:

    If he gets some speed up and takes the upward-facing twig, he could probably make it to the next tree.

  4. 1jaded1 says:

    Roundabouts…ugh, in life and on the road.

    • I’ve fortunately only encountered two actual roundabouts in my life. I turned around in one of them in Kansas City after we got lost trying to find a place and pointed out to my Dad sitting next to me, “Look.. Big Ben, Parliament!” We are easily amused…

  5. Trisha says:

    MapQuest got me in a few similar predicaments before I ditched it for Google Maps. Well, I guess not too similar since I wasn’t in danger of weighing down the road to the point of breaking. And I didn’t look as cute as this lost squirrel either. Squirrels make everything look so damn cute!

    • I’m surprised Google doesn’t have tree maps yet… or maybe attaching cameras to squirrels to get the exclusive “Branch View” that’ll peer right into your nest.

      • Trisha says:

        I would love to attach squirrel cams to some of my little buddies! I always wonder how far they travel in one day and how far away they go to bury the peanuts they take. Get on it Google! 🙂

  6. I have always been amazed at how these little guys can scamper across twigs that don’t look as if they could support a bird. Squirrels are so very light. I don’t know if you’ve ever held one, but they are just a bit of fluff and cuteness, no weight at all.

    • I’ve never held a bird before, but also never a squirrel. I’ve got old pictures of squirrels supporting themselves on branches much skinnier than this one, and it seems the secret to their success is perfect balance that has to be instinctive. If you distributed the weight correctly, you could probably sit an elephant on a line of thread…

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