An hour into our hike last night on the Falls Lake Trail, we were about a quarter mile north of NC 98, on Section 8, when our headlamps caught something odd up ahead. Not odd in the "Ack!-I-thought-there-hadn't-been-a-mountain-lion-in-these-parts-in-a-couple-hundred-years" sense. Odd in the "What the [heck] is that?" sense?
Is it some sort of hunting camo? Bad hunting camo?
It was fabric, it was reflective, it had yellow crime scene tape wrapped around it. It hung from a low tree branch. It looked a little like ... a tent? But why was it hanging from a low branch? And what was the deal with the crime scene tape? We examined it on our return trip, again, with equal bafflement.