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Lost in the woods

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I just have to laugh at myself. Today I took the family dog for a walk. She's a beagle/terrier mix, so she's a little hyper. I'm currently training her to be a better dog. Part of that bargain is that I walk her everyday. So, I decided to take a new route. Thanks to the route tracker, I knew where I was going.

Let me tell you, the route tracker doesn't show you everything! I live in a fairly rural area. Don't get me wrong, I have neighbors next door. There are also a number of farms around. Oh!, and roving bands of wild turkey's (that was a shock for me). Anyway, there was supposed to be a road, if followed, would have me walking 2.5 miles. Well, I missed it. Turns out it's an utility access road that boarders on a public hunting preserve. Yeah...I was in the woods.

This probably doesn't seem very amusing. Let's consider a few facts. First, I grew up in the City of Chicago. I know how to jimmy a lock on a car door. I do not know how to defend myself against wild turkeys. Second, most of the hiking I've done has been on sidewalks. And while in AZ, I did hike some mountains, surrounded by the city. Here's the funny thing...I just kept walking. I had no idea where I was, or if I was on the right road, or if a wild animal was going to leap out and take a bite out of my leg.

So, by now you know that I survived. I eventually found civilization, thanks to my keen sense of direction. The good thing was that I pushed myself to keep walking. I ended up walking 6.62 miles. It took me close to 3 hours, on a chilly fall day. I got to see something new, and exercise outside. It was fun!
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