Because we observed much activity in and around the other well in the vicinity, we gave it a wide berth and passed over ground we had previously not covered.
Elijah kept us on course despite its newness and brought us back into more familiar territory. Looking back further along, we discovered our little detour kept us from crossing paths with not one, but two patrols.
We slowed our pace after that realizing that there were most likely similar units prowling the area.
At one point we froze when we heard a firefight erupt ahead of us. We think neither side noticed our presence, but we stayed in place long after the noise died down, then concluded to pass the night there.