Well, honestly, it doesn't really incite any confidence when the first thing out of a fellow hikers mouth isn't: "hi!", "what a beautiful hike", or even "the hike was worth it!", but rather, the very first thing out of his mouth is ... "I hope you're packing." Uhm, I am not.
I said, "What?" He said, "Are you hiking alone?" I didn't answer that question and instead said, "I'm carrying Mace." "Oh, ok." He says, in a tone I percieved to relay a "well at least it's better than nothing" thought process.
He and his buddy wandered down the trail. I snapped a few pics and a selfie and attempted to replace my heart to its rightful place, which is not in my throat ... and followed. Because, I am well aware, the Mace isn't going to do much against the cougar stalking me from behind.
It's not like I haven't heard it before. From friends, from coworkers, from family. NOT from total strangers!
So ... whose going to help me go gun shopping after my vacation? Mark? Chad? Colton? Chris? Dad?
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