"I think they are carp," said the lady on the left as she looked into the water.
"That's not a carp," said the other one, "It's a tadpole"
"No it's not," said the first, "too big!"
I stood at the edge of the small lake in Montreat, NC admiring a fine crop of bull frog tadpoles happily munching the algae on the concrete walls of the dam.
Frankly, I've seen smaller carp.
I tried to get a short hike in on the Grey Beard trail but there was no place to park and I didn't have time to walk from the lower parking area a mile lower on the road. The activity at the parks around Montreat was entertainment enough.
"I still think they're baby carp," said the lady on the left, as I smiled at them and walked away. They had their mystery and who was I to take it away.