In this area many people get lost while just taking a hike in the woods. We locals usually scoff at these folks and wonder how could that happen! I am here to recount a friend’s story how taking a hike in the woods can lead to more adventure than anticipated.
I was not asked to join my friend on this particular hike. I don’t feel left out at all. I am a 3 miles hiker. When the hike tips over 5 miles I will whine. I also am a very slow walker. Hiking doesn’t accelerate my speed. No surprise I am not asked to join friends who think nothing of doing a 10-mile hike in the woods. These women walk marathons for the love of God!
My friend’s story had me laughing not scoffing. Of course she is great storyteller and spoiler alert, the outcome was good! Also there is a brilliant component that never occurred to me, like slap the forehead and question why did I never think of this!
My friend chose a short (for her) 7-mile loop with only a 1,800-foot elevation gain. She thought it would be a lovely morning hike in the woods.
Here’s what happened: Some of the signs were destroyed. After 90 minutes, because she walks about 4 miles per hour, she realized she was on a hike to get lost. Another hiker told her the loop was closed. She bushwhacked down to another trail thinking she was heading to the road.
Anyways once she hit the road with a sign to the parking lot it was not the right parking lot. Realizing she had to walk along the highway through a tunnel to get to her parking lot was not a safe option.
My friend retired from a career working with the police identifying predators. So it was with great reluctance she knocked on the door of a white mini van in the parking lot for a ride through the tunnel! It turned out the Japanese tourists, none of whom spoke much English, were happy to give her a lift.
Have you ever been lost on a hike? Do you take a picture of the trailhead map?