Me? Hiking Solo?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I have Friday off from work. I plan to spend the afternoon grocery shopping and packing for our weekend camping trip. But since that won't take all day I thought I might go for a hike with the dog. And not just a little hike. I'm thinking about doing about 7 miles. In the woods. By myself. I am a little bit of paranoid nervous nellie about this. I will have the dog with me but still: What about bears? What about murderous maniacs hiding out in the woods? What about yetis? These are the crazy thoughts that would prevent me from just getting out there and going for it.

I have a couple days to psych myself up for this. Will report back later!

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    I've been hiking for years, not necessarily alone, but often with only young children tagging along. Never run into a bear, only a couple of "raise your neck hairs for no apparent reason people" that turned out to be nothing. Worst thing I ever ran into were a couple of thieving canada jays, haha.
    Hope you got to go and had a great time.
    3570 days ago
  • DAVEW175
    I see you're a Red Sox fan, If you're hiking in NE the bears shouldn't be a problem. I've hiked for years and have never seen a bear - and black bears aren't very aggressive.

    My advice is to pick a well traveled trail, bring your dog and your cell phone and have fun.
    3571 days ago
    I expected others to rail against this's cool that you're not getting those responses! I get those responses a lot because I hike alone, a lot. I've scared a pack of cayotes, I've come on fresh mountain lion tracks (okay, that one worried me) and I've had near slips when trail running...but I wouldn't trade NOT going. I carry my phone (gee, I hope it works if I ever need it...) and I just don't worry. ...well, a couple of times at dusk I think I have worried, a little.

    Have fun!
    3571 days ago
    You know your area better than I do because I live in southern New Mexico. As far as the weirdos, at least in my area, I'm more in danger in town than out in the woods. I don't know if there are bears in your area or not. As for the Yeti, mmmmmm think you'll be okay. Just go on a trail that is well traveled as mentioned before and be aware of your surroundings enough to both know if something seems out of place but also enjoy your surroundings. Good taking your dog with you. Me and my dog hike alone all the time. It will be a new accomplishment for you!
    3571 days ago
    You can do this!

    Hike a well-traveled trail. Make plenty of noise if you want to scare away animals; conversely, make very little noise (or none at all) if you hope to view wildlife. Just be aware of your surroundings.

    Have a great hike!
    3571 days ago
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