I like to hike to a destination as opposed to just “lets go hiking”. The final destination for this one was an amazing waterfall called Comet Falls. Trail head easy to get to, mileage was not terrible. So I figured I would plan and do it!
I have been doing my hikes solitary. My husband will break himself if he goes, or we will have to turn around because he overestimated what he could actually do. My friends, well, they don’t get it. They also would want to go, but there is not immediate gratification to this adventure, so they peter out also. So I hike alone.
“Aren’t you afraid for your Safety?!” This is a comment that I get at least once a planning session for a hike. Let me lay it out for you folks you here.
-I can’t carry a Gun, regulation prohibit carrying in some places, and in my opinion if you are not exstremly confident in your use of a gun, you probably shoulddnt use one. Even more of a caution if you are going to get sweaty and distrsacted while hiking. I also am pretty sure that I would end up shooting my foot off. So this is not an option.
-A knife. Well same reasons as above.
-Bear Spray? Pepper Spray? Have you used the sprays lately? Well the issue with these are, it can just as likely spray back at you vs at an attacker.
-So my solution is to be aware. Let people know where I will be, so they could find me if needed. Do not hike with both ear buds in. Be aware. Hike on trails that are clearly marked. I also have taken to carrying a pole. Figuring I could sword fight my way out of a situation (joke).
Solitary for me is a need. I am an extrovert, but I find that I need to hide. I need down time away from people. I also know that if I put off this hike or plan, well, there could be no tomorrow for me to make it up.
Thank you for reading, enjoy the pictures and if you have any feedback on hikes or writing let me know!
~Mt Rainer wild flower meadows
~purple daisy and white stars
~don’t forget to look up!
~or down, enjoying yourself being solitary.