We spent a couple, if not a few hours, driving around looking for deer and pulling to the side in the areas where we could do it safely...to watch them. It was a great day. We talked about similar drives from when I was too small to see over the steering wheel, to the night drives when I held the spot light. We discussed how times have changed and the quality time spent watching deer is limited to day light.
Most of you might remember driving at night with a "spot light" to see the deer feed. Near my parents' friends' house, there were fields with fifty or more deer field each time. It was beautiful. Not only did I get to stay up late but I enjoyed conversation and time bonding with my Dad.
When my daughter was little I asked my Dad if we could take her out to spot deer, like he did with me. I was sad to learn it was illegal because people took advantage of the innocence of the deer at night, so it is against the law.
Although disappointed, it didn't defeat us. We simply came up with a new plan, we'd have to take afternoon drives. Dad and I still enjoy this tradition. My daughter isn't a huge fan of stopping to watch deer and wildlife eat but she still joins us...memories that bring smiles.