As I was walking this morning, it was still kind of dark since the sky is overcast. The girls & I are walking along beside a wooded area, when I hear something. It's a sound I can't place. It could have been a branch falling, or.... It's not unheard of that a stray bear could have found it's way down to the small town. I quickened my step, forcing the girls to stay on the walkway and to not stop and sniff anything, or else they may end up a bear's breakfast. I made sure my cellphone pad was unlocked, so that if I needed to call 911 I could do so in a hurry. I kept looking over my shoulder until I got to the lower side of the park (where the playgrounds and open spaces are).
When OS & MS were in high school, I drove by the elementary school to find quite a few emergency vehicles and the wooded area next to the creek had been roped off. The first thing that came to my mind was: "Where were the boys last night?" Luckily they were at home, so I was a bit relieved. Then, I thought maybe they found a body down there. Later, I found out that there had been a bear spotted. This happens every now and then. Just a month ago, one had been spotted in Knox County...far away from its usual home.
Suffice it to say, I have a crazy imagination sometimes. The sound I heard was probably just a branch falling. We've had quite a bit of rain and high winds the past few days, so it would make sense that it was a branch. Then again, it could've been some homeless person waking up! (For the record...I've never seen a homeless person in the Small Town, much less in the park!)