Me: Which way should we go?
Ali: Let me check the map.
(Older male jogger appears on the trail.)
Me: Excuse me. Which trail leads back to the trailhead?
Him: Heh. You ever seen Deliverance?
Him: “You’re a long ways from home son.”
Him: I’m thinking of that toothless guy.
(Ali and I exchange glances.)
Me: Do you know which way leads to the trailhead?
Him: Yep. You take the trail on the left, cross a bridge, it’ll fork off to the right, but you don’t wanna go that way. Just keep going straight.
Him: No problem.
(He hesitates, then jogs off.)
Me: Yeah. Word to the wise, fella. When you come across two women alone in the woods, the Deliverance jokes aren’t gonna make an entirely favorable impression.
Me: Is my pocketknife in the pack?
Ali: I think so.
Me: I’m just gonna grab that.