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Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006, 02:57 pm
tsukata: Look, a deer!

Once, a year or two ago, I was out on an Orienteering meet, cutting through some rough to avoid a long distance on the trails. I love being in the forest during Orienteering, because I get to see nature doing its thing while I do mine. On this day, I saw a group of deer off in the distance. There was at least one relatively young buck and 2 others. I stood still and watched them. I saw the deer perk up as if they heard something, and they started to run.

I thought to myself, "Darn, something must have startled them." Then, I realized...they were running right toward me! I panicked and froze, like a deer in the headlights. :) At what felt like the last moment, I dived to my left. I felt the whoosh of wind and heard hoof-pounding.

I ripped a nasty hole in my pants, but at least I got a good story out of it. It took me quite awhile to collect myself and re-orient. I'm the only orienteer I know that has been thrown off-course by deer!