Not Getting Lost: Part 2

2020-03-17
2020-03-17
This is the end of the previous tale about navigation when hiking. I am on my way back to Terra Sante across wide open spaces of various terrain. The first part can be found as the previous post.
Returning:
My memory of the subtle differences in my landmarks faulty, I am having a tough time staying on my route, except when I find the jeep trail that crosses my path. Soon enough, I’m making my way toward the sticks that I placed to point the way.
 This jeep trail has been a relief from the random wandering through the open desert. The harsh thick plant life makes a straight line of any kind impossible.

As I come around a bend on the trail, through some reeds and into a clear green space, where my stick marking is, a large Jack rabbit is sitting in the middle of the road before me.
It poses, as I cautiously get my camera out of its case. It is close enough for me to identify that what I thought was a grand white tail, is just a grey spot on its back. The partner, a bit further out also has the same markings. Are they old survivors, or is that a survival strategy?
I take photos. It runs out further when I shift from staying as frozen as possible. Maybe it had never seen a quiet naked human before this? It is just out of sight and I must follow to get another clear shot. This leads to their flight, but much more slowly. They run across from me more distant, but I can still see their grace. Then quickly, they are gone in the mesquite bushes.
I find myself in the unfamiliar, but it is easy to walk …

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