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.
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.