My three-year old son and I were taking a special “dad ‘n lad” hike at Durant when we heard a noise from the underbrush along the trail. Usually, it’s another one of the seemingly millions of grey squirrels that inhabit the park, but this time it was something special. Two does and their months-old fawns were staring back at us from a dozen yards away. We don’t usually see large mammals like this in the park, so spotting deer is always neat. Spotting this little blended family was really exciting.
Encounters like this are the reason I will always stop and look at whatever made that rustle in the leaves (even if it IS the millionth dang squirrel).
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