Chet and I go along from his turtle discovery, up the mist-wreathed ridgetop I love so well.
And then my friend Dave McShaffrey, Marietta College biology professor, tells me,
"Julie-never too late for mating! The females can store sperm for years. My turtles mate well into the fall. When you don't bump into others of your kind too often it makes sense to take full advantage of the opportunity."
We head home.