Last night hubs and I went out to dinner. Because of that, our nightly walk started much later than usual. Fortunately, the moon was full (or close to it) so it was really bright out and we didn't need a flashlight or anything. As we were walking, a truck drove past, slowed down, then stopped and backed up. It was Alex, one of Angel #2's friends from high school who lived down the road from us - Alex has also helped hubs on some furnace installation jobs in the past. We stood around his truck and chatted a bit and after we'd been there for a bit, another car came past, slowed down, then backed up. It was Larry, who also lives down the road. We did a bit more neighborly chatting, then noticed that the northern lights were starting to come out. By the time we got home, there were bright green streaks running up the sky, it was gorgeous. If we'd walked at our usual time, we never would have seen them. Tonight on my walk, it was like being on the highway. By the time I'd walked the first mile, 5 cars and a tractor had gone past. Busy times.
Last night, we also were passed by a truck shining deer. For those of you unfortunate enough to not live in the country in the midwest, deer shining is what country boys do at night in the fall. Basically, what it involves is driving real slow down country roads shining a high powered spotlight out into fields to see if you can see any deer. Then, if you do, you stop, count them and watch them for awhile. I guess sometimes if you're lucky, you get to see a deer fight or something. Why do they do this? I'm not exactly sure, it's a rural guy thing and I'm a rural girl, so I never understood the fascination. But this is not some random thing, just about any given night this time of year if you drive around, I guarantee you're going to run across a couple deer shiners.
I guess I can't really blame the guys for looking for a reason to go out at night in the fall. It's been absolutely gorgeous out lately. The leaves are just about at peak, the weather during the day has been in the 60's and the air smells delicious - like dead leaves, fresh chopped corn and cool dampness. It makes you just want to open your mouth and chew it up. I love the fall, I just wish it wasn't always followed by winter.