Normally my neighborhood is very quiet. Think suburban family neighborhood, all single family homes, nice well kept yards, pets, kids...you get the idea. There is a 25mph road that runs between two phases of the neighborhood. It does not go through to anywhere except provide additional access to the neighborhood. The pavement ends and a dirt road begins, dirt only provides access to one parcel of unused private property and also provides access to one of the local trail systems. Lot's of folks park at the dirt junction to go cross country skiing in winter or mtn biking in the summer. My house is situated such that my backyard has a view of the paved section of this road. I'm usually not too sensitive to cars parking at the end.
Strange thing #1
Last week I'm out cleaning up after my dogs and this older model Subaru wagon with some "fast n furious" paint job comes ripping (50mph +) down our 25mph neighborhood road. The Subaru has a maroon Nissan Titan right on his butt. The car makes a quick U turn and parks right at the dirt junction. Nissan parks right next to him and all occupants of the truck and the driver of the car all jump out and start chatting with one another. At this point...I've only paid attention because of the speed that they came in at. Seemed like they knew each other, but I thought it strange that they kept looking around like they were being watched...they were. I also thought it stange that the driver of the car had a "hip hop" influenced style of dress...the driver of the truck looked like a redneck..no better way to describe him. My neighbor takes notice of them too and we both go about our backyard tasks and continue to watch. After about 2 minutes of standing...the Subaru driver reaches into his car and pull out a very large black duffle bag. Looked empty...but I'm far enough away that it was hard to tell. All of them pile into this Nissan Titan (extended cab) and just sit there. Blacked out windows...no way to see inside. Too far away to get a plate # either. After about 5 minutes inside this truck my neighbor and I decide it's time to call the Sheriff. I call, tell them what I've seen, they say a deputy is on the way. 15 more minutes go by, still in the truck, then the Subaru driver jumps out with big duffle in hand, immediately gets in his car and departs the neighborhood at a high rate of speed...truck leaves too, but not as fast. The deputy showed up just minutes after the departure. I went out and told him what my neighbor an I saw.
I'm no LEO...not a detective...no training like that at all. But it just seemed obvious to me that they had no business in the neighborhood, were not parking for recreational purposes and had likely just completed some sort of transaction. Maybe I'm wrong...but I can't think of any other logical explaination for this event.
Strange thing #2
2 days ago I'm just cleaning up around the kitchen. Again, I notice a tan 4Runner just ripping down the road behind my house. I think to myself "WTH is up with people speeding into the neighborhood lately" This 4Runner gets to the dirt and whips a quick U turn and immediately parks. Without hesitation the driver jumps out and simply abandons the vehicle...must have had his seatbelt off already. If he hadn't gotten out so fast, I might have stopped paying attention. The driver appears to be a well dressed hispanic male, nice sport coat paired with some jeans. He walks clean out of the neighborhood...I watch him walk away for as long as I could see him maybe a 1/4 mile or so. Just left. Again, I might have stopped paying attention normally but after strange thing #1 described above I continue to keep an eye on the 4Runner. 10-12 minutes go buy since the driver took off and I see movement in the vehicle. Hmmm...what's going on. Next thing I know a toddler and woman have gotten out. She shuts the headlight off, closes driver door, picks up her purse/bag and the toddler....walks clean out of the neighborhood too. The vehicle stayed overnight. Watched it until I jumped into the shower the next morning. By the time I left for work...4Runner is gone. I wish I would have seen if it was one of the two original occupants who got it or someone else.
Maybe this is nothing. Likely. I want to think that they had a fight and he just walked off to cool down. They didn't go to any of the houses in the neighborhood...so they weren't there for a BBQ. But after strange thing #1 I am curious if this was some sort of vehicle drop.
Now I try to keep up good SA most of the time...when I'm out. Home not so much...I know I should improve upon this. But I'm quite sure that my SA might seem complacent compared to some of you. I do live in a quiet mountain town and I do go onto the local cruise control sometimes. When something catches my attention...it's usually something very odd or out of place. Both of these events in such quick succession has me wondering if this quiet dead end neighborhood road is becoming a junction point for illicit transit. My neighborhood is within 2 miles of major interstate and highway junction. 2 years ago I probably might not have noticed either of these vehicles...but kids change that. We've started carrying regularly and as a result of taking on that responsibility we've become more observant. Paranoid? I hope not...just want to make sure my neighborhood remains safe....or I'm moving. Been keeping the 870 nearby at night.
Do any of you feel these two events were strange? Would you have called the Sheriff in either situation?
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading if you made it through.