If you have read any of my other blogs, you know, I am not an outdoorsman. But even the avid outdoorsman I have to talked too say my experience outside of Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County is pretty unusual.
My photographer Jason and I were in our live truck, between liveshots, when out of the blue, three turkeys come out of the woods. They seemed to have no problem with us or the traffic along Route 934. They crossed the four lane road and headed straight towards us.
Again, I am no expert but these were some big birds. Something you would be proud to serve for Thanksgiving dinner. They walked directly at us, stopping about 10 feet from the truck. I scrambled around to find my cell phone camera. Just then, something must have spooked one of the birds and they took off, trotting back across Route 934, back towards the woods.
I looked up to see a car heading right for one of the birds. The car literally missed the turkey by inches, the bird scraping the car's windshield only after taking off at the last minute. He then landed and the three birds went back in to the woods, never to be heard from again.
Sitting there in shock, all I could manage was a crappy cell phone picture. I went running to see if I could get a closer look at the birds, but they were gone.
I am a Jersey boy, lived in Washington, DC for 8 years, so it's not often you see turkeys walk right up to you to say hello. I left the Gap that day feeling like I am now a part of Central Pennsylvania.
Take a look at my cell phone picture. Sorry that was all I could muster.