Monday, May 23, 2016

Deer Path Etiquette

For those who do not hike the trails of Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park, let me enlighten you on what happens when you find a deer blocking the path ahead of you. Few people realize that the park deer have learned “path etiquette” over the years. Today, for example, this beautiful doe was directly on the path in front of me. You will notice that she dips her head four times and then shows me the way to hike by prancing down the path with her tail high in the air. This is much appreciated by a tired, old hiker such as myself. However, I must warn you … if the deer dips her head only three times and then trots away without lifting her tail, DO NOT follow her. It is the oldest trick in the book. Just around the bend three or four no-good-nick bucks are waiting to mug you … drink your water … eat your power bars … and take your credit cards in hoping to steal your identity under the name of John Doe. This has been your Walk in the Woods lesson for the day.

Friday, May 13, 2016