Saturday, March 29, 2014

Arrested in Valley Forge

This morning I was driving through Valley Forge Park and had stopped on the side of small wooded lane to take a picture of a squirrel.  In my rearview mirror I saw a van coming up behind me, so I put on my blinkers and hoped it would pass.  When I looked a little closer I could see it was a park ranger.  So, I put the car in gear and headed on - just a little annoyed.  About a 1/4 mile down the lane the ranger put on his blinking lights and signaled me to pull over.  Oh dear…..  I pulled over and waited for him to come to the car.  I put down the window and he asked me in an authoritative voice to "Please put my hands on the steering wheel."  Which I did.  Then he asked me for my license and registration.  He said I was being stopped because my brake light on the driver's side was out and he would need to write it up and give me a warning.  I said that was fine.  He then took my license and registration and walked slowly back to the van.  As he was walking back, a red tailed hawk dropped down in the woods - right outside my window.  The hawk grabbed a little mouse and flew up on a curved branch and started having breakfast.  I decided - perfect time for a picture, so I put the lens outside the window and voila.    Although I tried to interest the ranger in wildlife photography, he was in no mood…..

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