It was a very warm Friday morning when I got to the parking lot at this particular park. It has three trails. There is only one trail head at the parking lot. It's the main trail that loops around inside the park for about 2 miles. The largest trail loops off of this trail for about 3 miles. There is also a dead end trail that spurs off the larger loop trail.
The map of the park
My plan was to just walk the loop of the mail trail. So, I grabbed my camera and began walking. I figured I'd be in the park about an hour or so and then go grab some lunch before heading home. Yeah, that was the plan.
Two hours later I am lost. Yes, LOST in a county park that has marked trails. At some point I took the wrong trail and ended up a lot further into the park than I had intended. I was getting light headed and I was very hot. I did not have my water bottle with me because I didn't think I'd need it. And, my cellphone battery was almost dead.
So, I sat down on a log and looked up the county parks department and called them. I just needed a ranger to come and fish me out and bring me some water. Really, that's all I needed. It's really all I asked for.
This was the only other creature I saw in the park.
Well, the parks department called 911 and they called me. Um, OK I was talking to them when the park ranger found me. They wanted me to leave my phone on, but as I said, it was almost dead and the park ranger was there so, I said goodbye.
The park ranger gave me a bottle of water and sat with me while I drank it. Great, now he'll help me find my way out and all will be good. Of course I got a little mini lecture about walking through the woods in the summer without water, but hey, he was right.
Then we heard shouting. Wait, what? There was no one else in the park, hence the reason I called the parks department. Next thing I know here comes another ranger, two EMT's and a fireman. So, now I have 5 men to escort me out of the park. Really?
Honestly, the trail markers are NOT as clear as they seem here.
After walking about another 15 minutes I needed to stop again. They gave me another bottle of water and I sit down to drink it. Now, we hear a helicopter. I'm thinking there's an accident on the highway that's not too far away. Then, I hear them discussing it. The helicopter is for me! What?
Ok, let's look at this rationally. I am one person that just needed some water and someone to show me where I needed to go to get back to my van. It is towards the end of June so the trees are THICK with leaves. While we could hear the helicopter, we could not see it. So, how were they supposed to see me? I'm not that overweight!
Maybe if I'd stood in one of those little patches of light,
the helicopter could have seen me.
They drove me down a road that was only about a football field in length to a waiting ambulance and two more firemen. Have you lost count yet? That is 10 men on the ground and at least two in the air that have come to the aid of a woman who was just too stupid to follow marked trails and bring a water bottle with her into the woods on a summer day.
The trail marker at the parking lot.
The one that got me lost was similar to this one.
After about a half hour in the ambulance so they could monitor my vitals and pour more water down my throat they took me back to my van. I'm sure that made an impression on the people getting out of their car to go hiking in the park when an ambulance pulled up and let someone get out so she could get into her vehicle.
I wonder what they would have thought if they'd gotten there when the helicopter was hovering over the park? I've not been back to that park yet. And, in my defense, the ranger that first found me said I was about the 6th person that month he had to rescue from that park. Maybe they need to rethink the trail markers?
Joining in on the fun at Weekend Funnies!