So last night looked something like this:
We were minding our own business, playing 500 Rummy, when suddenly I looked over and saw two creepy eyes staring at me from under a nearby bush.
Naturally, my first response (in a land full of bears, mountain lions, and coyotes) was to say, “Why Hello,” assuming it was some benign animal like a ring-tailed cat or koati. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew is up and running – hightailing it to the other side of the mine.
That’s when I realize that our visitor is a skunk . This little bundle of stink somehow managed to sneak up on 4 researchers without making a single sound. I didn’t notice him until he was 3 feet away and primed for attack.
I jumped up and ran with the others, while this skunk came over an investigated our card game, acting like he owned the place and looking for all the world like he was going to spray all of our gear.
Luckily, that didn’t happen and the smug little critter eventually went back down the mine dump. The rest of the night we were all on edge expecting another random and terrifying visit. (I just expected to see another set of eyes peeking out from behind one of the other girl’s backs.) It put us even more on edge when we heard a coyote howling nearby not too long after that.
That darn skunk almost eroded our sanity. Now, we will always be paranoid that another little beast will be lurking in the bushes, waiting to ambush us when our backs are turned.