Sunday, June 01, 2008
I was driving home up Boulder Canyon last night when, blammo, a huge mulie doe runnung like the Debil Hisself was after her launched herself high off the side of the road into my hapless Honda Element. I caught her in my peripheral vision, but with on-coming traffic on a narrow, 2-lane mountain road, there was nothing to do but stand on the brakes and take the hit.
Coulda been much worse — passenger side door and quarter panel crunched up with the door jamming shut, side mirror ripped off, deer's head cracked the winshield in a dozen places, but the windshield didn't shatter (although it just about scared my Sweetie to death).
I walked the road for almost a mile on either side, but I never found the doe. I even worked my way down into the thickets along Boulder Creek with a flashlight, but she was gone. Didn't hear anything bonelike break when she hit — although I was relatively busy at the time — so maybe all she took was a hard glancing blow.
Maybe I slowed her up enough for the cat to have dinner, too.
PS: Note to previous post commentor...you right! I will be spending more time on the DRTV Forums, which are the gold standard, in any case!