Behind my grandma's house, there is a woods with a creek. Usually, it dries up in the summer.
Last summer, I went to go look at it. I didn't go into the woods too far, just slightly off the path. About 5 minutes. When I was flipping over rocks, I heard some branches breaking and hid behind a fallen tree. It was an automatic reaction. Two deer appear and I watch them for a few minutes. I take a few pictures and the deer move on.
I decide to head back to my grandma's house and go back the way I came. I'm walking towards what should be my grandma's backyard. I see all the proper landmarks and trees, I see my path in the tall grass I just made. I know these woods like the back of my hand. I've been back here hundreds of times. When I was little, I learned how to use a compass in these woods. I even ran a few dogs rabbit hunting in these woods. So I'm pretty confident about where to go when I want to leave.
When I break through the trees, I'm somehow on the other side of the woods. I'm asking myself how this happened. I check my phone and only a few minutes have passed since I took pictures of the deer.
To get to the other side of the woods, it usually takes me an hour. As I'm wondering what's going on, I start walking in the direction I need to go.
I hear a noise behind me and when I look, it's a deer. That deer followed me all the way back to my grandma's house. Sometimes she would be in front of me, sometimes behind.
Does anyone know what this means? Or how I could end up an hour's walk away in 5 minutes? And why a deer, a wild animal, would follow me back?
On a side note, I went back the next day to try and see what would happen if I retraced my steps. I went back to the same part of the creek and took the same path out. When I broke through the trees this time, I came out where I expected myself to.