I learned a lesson today - always be prepared even if going out on a simple hike!
With not very much sleep in the last couple of days (hormones are a bitch!) I needed to get a nice morning of fresh air (has been raining for 3 days). Have been wanting to get to "High Falls" for many years but never found the time.
Well I figured after today I would have a better chance at seeing the falls by Kayak than by foot.
I headed out on foot by pure assumption of concept of a trail path leading up gradually to a high point and miraculously a pretty falls would appear for me to shoot. Very naive and very stupid.
I had walking stick, Tripod Case and Extra Lens Case (so I thought) - ready for what I thought would be just an hour out.
Well an hour out in the forest goes pretty quick....I was then thinking I was getting thirsty and thought by the time I find these falls I am going to be really thirsty and thought my bottle of water would have been a better carry than my whomper lens
Then the trail just stopped - washed out - so I had to take a detour to catch up the trail. But what I thought was a trail were Deer Paths not realizing at the time. Of course all deer paths lead to water whether they be rivers brooks or puddles! So my slight detour was a path of unknown direction But I was a mile away listening to tunes.....and not paying attention.
So long story short - I spent 45 minutes LOST! in the woods - alone - no phone - no food and no water and no compass - Broke all the single most cardinal rules of venturing out in the woods. I was worried but not scared - I immediately took stoke of what I had with me which was basically an ipod for a flash light - a sturdy walking stick and tripod for protection (bears) I did have a good pair of boots/wool socks and a good weather resistant jacket layered upper wear but the pants were already soaking from trekking through the ferns
Well I got turned around pretty good and ended up stopped dead in my tracks to some sort of wire for a hunting or trapping line - immediately the movie Deliverance came to mind.
It was that kind of forest too - not overly dense, enough to play tricks on the mind. By this time the ipod was silenced and I could hear my heart beat and was starting to put the"no panic" skills to work. Then the quesitons - would someone see my car, would Peter come looking if I was not home as I told him where I was going. Would he check my e-mail for clues as to where I might be bla bla bla....then thought wow I am really thirsty now.....
As I was walking on a brisk mission now up and down at least 10 different dear paths trying to make headway back to somewhere familiar. I kept hearing a strange noise and turning to look back each time. When I turned the ipod off I heard it more clearly - water!!! - not the river but a water bottle - I had actually picked up the wrong case. My camera bag has two side pockets for lenses but I use one for a water bottle. That was a most welcomed stop and helped calm me a bit.
Anyway I finally picked up a spot in the forest that I remembered taking pictures of. I confirmed with the camera and yes it was the last spot I had taken picutres - PHEW!!! But I will tell you it was a pretty scary 45 minutes.
Home safe and sound and warm and dry I at least could look back on the beautiful colours and textures I experienced. On the list to do - put together a little hiking pack with all essentials keep in car for the impromptu treks
Was not a great day again but at least it was not raining. I have an appointment in the afternoon tomorrow so I might sneak out in the Kayak in the morning, if it is not raining, for a second attempt at finding High Falls.