Despite the loud crash you heard coming from the Forest, you doggedly choose to get in your car and go home. Nothing will stop you now. Not even the Chief Park Ranger himself will keep you from driving home.
As you are about to unlock your car door, the few Rangers on duty run out from the mansion and stare at the swaying forest. The report of the crash is still ringing in the ears of all who heard it. One of the rangers turns to you. He looks at you suspiciously: you then realize that you have leaves and twigs on your clothing from the Forest.
“Don’t worry, son,” says the Park Ranger, “Dead trees fall all the time. I’m just glad you’re not hurt.”
Relief sweeps over you. Before anything else happens you get in your car and drive off roughly two hours before the Park closes.
As you drive the memory of all that has happened goes through your mind. The guys at work will never believe it.
The Park Rangers watch as the Forest sways from the crash. A falling tree could neither have made such a loud noise nor could it make the trees around it sway for several minutes. It is more likely that some scenario is happening within the Forest. It is nothing new: There is always some creature within the Forest plotting to regain its hold on the Park….
You have chosen to drive home despite a cry for help, despite a loud crash in the trees, and despite other assorted things that need investigating. Yet this does not have to be the end of the Hike. Go back to the previous page and continue the Hike in the Park.