Got up before dawn and was on the trail at 4:45. Summited Barren Mountain and was treated to a view of distant mountains with a layer of clouds below. The sun peaked out of the clouds and sent a ray of light across the valley.
I descended the mountain and scared a whitetail deer off the trail. It stopped about a hundred yards away and watched me. I stopped and the deer lifted its chin as if sayin "sup?" I responded with a chin lift, and it gave me another chin lift. I lifted my chin and said "hey." I started walking quietly along the trail, and it walked in the same direction, getting closer till it was about 20' away.
I was torn between digging in my pocket for my camera and possibly spoiling the moment, and so I bid the deer a good day and walked on.
A magical morning.