It happened a few years ago, at the snow-capped mountains of Mt Rainier Park, Washington. It was the winter of 2011.
We were homeward bound after a leisurely cruise along the winding roads the define the park. Singing songs, eating peanuts, as we made our way out of the park. Then just as we were almost out of the park area, a slight movement to my right caught my eye. I tensed, and strained to see through the dark, dense forest; the car slowed and I could hear my heart thumping in my chest as I caught sight of two gold eyes piercing the darkness to look at me.
He was standing just a few paces from me, frozen; almost invisible against a backdrop of midnight forest; just staring at me. Then the love affair began……………………
Yes, I made promises to return soon, and to never forget him; however, just like a woman…………..well, what can I say……….I’m fickle (but I kept one part of the promise – I have never forgotten him)! Wasn’t it Freidrich Nietzsche that said “Truth must be a woman!” Ah, isn’t it liberating to own one’s identity!?
Notes: All levity aside, this is a wild animal that came out of the forest area as we were leaving Mt Rainier’s park. And yes, I am aware that it is a female deer. She even had a young one waiting for her in the wings!