Have you ever been caught by noxers while out on the trail?
One time while digging around a fallen tree, we were startled by the sudden question “looking for mushrooms?” It was a little old lady and a dog who made absolutely no noise as they sneaked up on us. It was almost as if they floated along with the wind down the trail. “Yes,” I meekly replied, “but I’m mostly just curious. I wouldn’t trust anything that I found not to be poisonous.” She responded that she was also curious and shared the same concern. After the brief exchange, the wind picked up and she drifted on down the trail.
At least the little old woman was alone!
Not long after we started ‘boxing, I went for a solo hike to plant one of our first series. A little ways into the hike, the trail turned out of the woods and passed alongside a large field. Gathered in the field was a large group of noxers who turned in unison towards me to stare in stony silence. Feeling rather awkward, I hastily took a picture and then backed down the trail and back into the woods.
The picture is actually an under representation of the group that I faced. I had counted over 15 noxers standing in the field, giving me their icy stare. A few camera shy individuals bounded off as I raised my camera (I’m not entirely certain that they had permission to be in the field) but most of them just seem to blend into their surroundings.
Luckily, they didn’t follow me as I continued down the trail and I was able to finish planting the series without further incident.