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Don't shout at women hikers, okay?

Monday, September 03, 2012

My labor day goal of going on a hike with my dog has been accomplished. I did 6 miles in 140 minutes, which is a good hiking pace for me. emoticon

I went to the trails near my house because I woke up late and didn't want to waste too much time driving; these trails are great because they are of varying lengths and are marked every .25 miles. They have everything from a .35 mile trail to a 4.5 mile trail. I did a 1 mile loop first, and then I did the 4.5 mile trail (and a .5 to finish).

So far, this all sounds great, doesn't it?

What isn't great is that around 3.5 miles on the longer trail (which, of course, fewer people use), I look back and see two younger men out for a hike. Unconcerned, I continue my pace. It's hard to see them on the wooded trail, but I know they are somewhere behind me because I can hear them; then, after about .25 of a mile, I hear them shouting "hey!" and doing a long whistle. I wasn't sure if they were shouting to me, or not, but there were no other humans around, and it scared the *#&! out of me. Needless to say, I booked it out of there! I mean, what dying braincell tells these guys that shouting and whistling to grab a woman's attention in a secluded spot is a good idea? These are either men who are out of ideas, or up to no good.

I still had a good time, but I'm going to go ahead and make the drive to a much more heavily trafficked trail if I decide to go hiking with only my shepherd mix next time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURELSPARK 9/3/2012 11:39PM

    You never know...........better safe than sorry!

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    Men are so stupid sometimes. They think it's cool but it's not. Glad you were able to hightail it out of there. Those are times when I thank my lucky stars I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It does NOT guarantee me success but really ups my odds!

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NDTEACHER1 9/3/2012 8:03PM

    Possibly just young and immature behavior, but at any rate, good idea to trust your instincts too.

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RORYLYONS 9/3/2012 4:36PM

    Tell em watch out a big roaring lion right behind you!. emoticon Much better plan when your alone to hike in a heavy trail full of people. Enjoy your holiday! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 9/3/2012 4:16PM

    Glad you heeded your intuition and exited the area quickly. I had a situation once where two young men seemed to be tailing me in their car, passing and then doubling back, when I was on a city walk. Every time they came down my side of the street, I ran to the other. It was scary.

On the plus side, I was out for a lunchtime walk last week on a new route for me, and as I nodded to a man I was approaching, he said, "Hey, baby!" Yeah, sexist as hell, but at 56 (and a half), it actually made my day.

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SUSANS706 9/3/2012 3:24PM

    Agreed, except for if it is a warning of something. Would have scared me to death too!!!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 9/3/2012 2:41PM

    Love that you wrote: "these are either men who are out of ideas"....
I will never understand why men think that doing something like that would make a woman want to stop in the middle of nowhere and talk to them. SERIOUSLY!!
Hope you have a good rest of the day.

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CMELOSENOW 9/3/2012 1:54PM

  Way to GO! I'm doing good to get 2 miles in a day just walking in and around my small town. But I'm getting there, building up my walks one step at a time. You keep on going strong. Youngnsmylie. emoticon emoticon

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IFFYIFFY 9/3/2012 1:50PM

    Last person who shouted at me was warning about mamma bear with her cubs.

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