from the Visitor’s Center in July. As I turned around to head back down the road I spotted a sweaty, grey haired man barreling down the end of the trail carrying a water bottle in his clenched fist. As he got nearer to me I could not help but notice the streamlets of blood coming from the side of one thigh and flowing down the knee of the other leg. Since he was now heading my direction I sidled up next to him and struck up a conversation.
and go up the trail at the other end. This worked and was easy to follow. I had planned on a turnaround in an hour so I didn’t have to carry water. I made it to a junction called East and West Fork. I decided to go left and turn around in 15 minutes heading toward Hutches Pool. After about 10 minutes I rounded a bend and just above eye level about 50 feet away I saw a deer with horns on its head (buck) standing still. He looked at me sideways and stood eerily motionless. Something told me this was a good spot to turn around and head back. I thought about this encounter all the way home. It was amazing to me that there were animals out here so unused to seeing humans that they didn’t run away.