Wife Mad at Me For Not Carrying
Last November my wife, dog, and I were walking a 3-4 mile hike which we have done for years. We know the trail very well and one late afternoon we went into the woods 1/2 hour before dark (not uncommon for us). About 1 mile into our hike, we see a man standing 50 yards off, not moving, dressed in heavy coat, boots, and large back pack.
My dog saw the guy after I did and started growling, so I grabbed his collar (110 Giant Schnauser) and continued down the trail towards the man. As we approached to 25 yards of the man he starts walking the trail toward us, and mumbles something as we pass each other and I say hi.
I got a bad feeling I was going to run into this guy again, but didn't tell my wife that.
We walked another mile, and my wife and dog see this guy high up on the hill to our left again not moving (25-30 yards away). At this point my wife says do you have your gun, and I say no, this land is posted "VETERANS PARK NO FIREARMS".
At this point it's pretty dark, and we have 1 mile to go, I hand her my
pepper spray and pull out my pocket knife.
Now we are both getting worried, and as we approach the end of the trail, I see the man's silhoutte standing between two trees, My dog starts growling and barking like I've never seen before, so I grab his collar, and yell to the guy, I've got the dog, he mumbles something and moves away from us.
My wife and I were both shaking when we got back to the car and discussed if we should call the police, I felt that we should and she felt that he never really did anything but appear at three different locations and it may have been coincedental.
In order for this guy to meet up with us the 2nd & 3rd time, he would have had to cut through the woods, since this trail is just one big circle. Had I been carrying, nothing would have changed, but I would have felt alot better.
We have 2 other large walking trails in our town where you can CCW, We now stick to those trails.