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I'm not stuck in the middle of the forest!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

So glad I am here to tell you this today.... I have been exploring new walking trails. Recently I found a great place to hike in a local state park. The problem being: I don't know my way around it very well yet and the trails are not really trails. Its more like a maze of rocks, tree roots, fallen trees and and brooks and streams that you have to wade across without getting wet. I have to closely follow the blazes on the trees so as to not get lost. Well you knew this was coming... yesterday I completely lost the blazes on the trees on the trail I "thought" I was following. I can proudly say, I didn't panic, although I was beginning to wonder if my dog would huddle with me through the night to keep warm if I couldn't find my way out. ha ha!! It was like one of those suspense movies when you just turn in circles and everything looks the same and you have no idea which way to go because there is just forest all around you and there are no people in sight. My dog of course, didn't seem to notice. He was having a blast just running through all the brush. I knew fully well that I had several hours of daylight left to find my way out, so I just backtracked to where I though I went wrong and "Wallah"!! there were the blazes again! .......As I tried to convince myself that I wasn't scared (even a little bit). Lesson learned.... I think I will start to carry a compass, and I definitely will make sure I have plenty of daylight to hike until I know the place much better. That being said, I am going for a walk at my old standby today.... not quite ready for a new adventure today!!
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  • LYNSEY723
    I'm so glad you made it out alive!!! We've done something similar, though we had the kids with us! Luckily it was a little park in the middle of town so we could use our phones to get us back to the truck! It sounds like you are having a great time with your walks!
    1630 days ago
    oh my gosh that happened to me many years ago. I will not go to the park and walk the trails unless someone is with me. I am a chicken. Take the cell phone next time. Glad that it all turned out! emoticon
    1639 days ago
  • STR458
    emoticon I was scared & I was only reading it!
    1640 days ago
    Glad you survived your adventure! Next time take that compass for sure, and maybe a cell phone?
    1640 days ago
  • CDCSMITH2013
    Definitely could be scary. Glad you kept your cool and got out safely.
    1642 days ago
    Oh my, I'm glad you found your way out. I don't imagine spending a night in the woods even with a warm dog would be very enjoyable. Your son would probably ended up being the one to head the search and rescue team and that might have been a bit embarrassing too. On the other hand Gibby may have led you home when he started to get hungry. Hopefully you have a compass for next time. emoticon
    1643 days ago
    Yikes! I would have had to fight down some internal panic for sure! And "Blair Witch Project" would have been running thru my head!! ;)
    1643 days ago
    scary feeling - I've done that once or twice myself. Glad you are okay.
    1643 days ago
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