I decided to do some site-seeing yesterday instead of fishing. Ms. Annie and I drove up to Newfound Gap to see if there was still snow on the ground. I pulled into the big parking lot overlooking NC side of the park, shut the engine off and hit the door unlocks thinking Ms. Annie might want to stretch her legs after all the riding. Before getting out and still seated behind the wheel I grabbed my camera bag and was digging around for my little point-and-shoot when the passenger side door opened!
Now Ms. Annie is a smart dog but she hasn't yet figured out how to open a car door. Besides, she was in the back seat and the front door was opening! I looked up about the same time she starts growling to see this guy start to climb into the car. He had one leg in and was about to ease his rear end into the seat when Ms. Annie goes into full blown attack mode and starts over the console after him. Meanwhile I am reaching for Mr. Kimber in the door pocket thinking if she doesn't stop him I will. I think she stopped him because I never got the gun out of the door before he starts backing out of the car and apologizing something about "Sorry dude, wrong car."
He walked away but never got into another car. My vehicle is a silver SUV; the only other silver vehicle in the lot is a minivan a good 60-70 feet away, in the opposite direction he walked! Young guy, mid twenties, stocky with a black beard. No one was walking with him. I was parked away from other vehicles near grass for the dog to relieve herself on. A few people around but not near me.
Hmmm ... a total moron or a car jacker looking for an easy target in a remote place. I'm convinced he didn't see the dog (tinted windows) until he started in. She's 70 pounds, has big white teeth and was showing most of them to him.
Be careful out there folks. This one caught me totally by surprise. Lesson learned; never unlock the doors until you are ready to get out!