Thursday, January 23, 2014

Racing the Sun.........

Just before we break out of the trees and see the ocean

.......I thought you needed more photos to finish this tale.... these are from before we reached Arch Rock...... but remember we left off where Sky (#$@!!!%^&!#@)Trl connects with Old Pine Trl.....Okay... hungry , thirsty, beyond tired, feet hurt and would like nothing more than to just sit down for awhile but the stinking logs are covered with poison oak.... and ....... lets not forget it was getting dark....... we were supposed to be driving home by this time.... So we had to just keep putting one foot in front of the other...... 

Isn't this tree gorgeous?!


.........and the forest , although beautiful, was eerily quiet. I mean seriously...... no life...... no birds, squirrels ...... no little animals darting across the path in front of you, no other humans ,so quiet it feels like the silence is screaming in your ears.... it feels unnatural...... and the woods is dense....... we couldn't see very far into it. The trees and bushes crowded the path and ofcourse it keeps getting darker...... so we try to walk faster....... will the path NEVER start going downhill?

Click this one large . That green tree just seems to glow!

........ well it finally does....... but now the downhill is just as hard on our knees as the uphill was....... down, down, down...... darker and darker....... and it becomes apparent that no matter how fast we walk, how many breaks we don't take,  the dark is gonna catch us........ a frog chirps in the silence so loud i nearly jump out of my skin!.........  okay getting spooked here....  see i KNOW the bigger animals come out at dusk and early evening......  the bobcats and mountain lions and i can't remember are bears popular in the park?........ so your mind starts racing and all the little dark holes in the brush lining the path start looking like perfect little ambush sites........ keep walking.....try not to let hubby know your spooked.. 

Not a great picture but click it large and you can see how the trail is just a ditch.
We have an urgent need to reach the final Bear Valley Trl before true dark really descends.......  We would kill ourselves (read break something) if we got caught on Old Pine Trl when it truly  got dark . Very uneven and rocky but BV Tr is at least wide and open and flat and manicured with some breaks in the trees...... We made it while i could still barely see my hand in front of my face..... And people! Some living , breathing human beings were still out on Bear Valley Trl ....... we hadn't seen one human since leaving Arch Rock.  We sat on a rock for 5 min trying to ease the pain in our feet , but we still had a mile and half to go to the truck.........

The people quickly left us .........  as we were like the walking wounded..........  barely able to put one foot in front of the other..... The path  picked up the feeble glow from the sliver of moon....... 
And again it was silent ........  every shadow began to look ominous. Did that shadow just move?  Surely not...... boy the mind can play tricks........  

Finally we saw the end of the trail and the parking lot and our red pickup .... pulled our boots off and drove all the way home barefoot.......and food FOOD! We were starving! Mc Donald's never tasted so good!!!  It was tough going for a couple days with sore feet and sore muscles i didn't even know i had..... 

I can look back on the experience a little more fondly than hubby....... lets just say it will be a long time before he lets me plan another hiking trip.....     and then i will have to keep the mileage down.........  I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to end this...... I'm afraid that what i want to say may make it seem like i don't appreciate the danger we were in or could have been...... I hope my disclaimer at the beginning lets you know that i do appreciate it and the fact that we made it out okay.  We did so something right. A family member had our itinerary. The trails we planned to take etc... Seemed a little silly at the time since it was just a day hike but you never know when your gonna get in over your head.  I have to tell you i cherished the experience....  Yes it was difficult.....and a little scary at the end  but we did it! ..... I feel a real sense of accomplishment that we pushed though it and got ourselves out of there...... I wish we didn't have to hurry so much and could have spent more time at the top enjoying that gorgeous old forest . Thats what it was! I was trying to find a way to describe the silence.....It was so quiet it felt like the forest and everything in it was holding its breath!  

But you have to hurry when your racing the sun...... Thanks so much for coming along!! I'll have to redeem myself with hubby next time and plan a shoooort trip....... something real touristy and easy.....hmmm........  Big Hugs!!! deb

PS.  My camera died...........!!  I have art and projects to show you.... sigh...... I'm trying to figure out hubby's camera until i get a new one........so bear with me..... 

5 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I think it must have been pretty scarey toward the end of the daylight. But...it was a planned trip and you weren't lost, so there must have been some comfort in knowing that. AND, heck, exciting wasn't it? Another great adventure to look back on. You have a great husband. Its so cool to read about the trips you take together. Terry's RA keeps us from walking too far.

Hey HUBS...you're a great guy!!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

At least you got out of there before you got hurt. And, short hikes next time. I know how much harder downhill can be and with aching knees and swollen feet, yikes what a hike. xox

CraftyViolet said...

Wow, what a hiking trip. The best laid plans...as they say! Glad you made it out before it got too dark - yeah, lots of larger animals after dark. I'm sure even hubby will laugh, well at least smile, about this after awhile.

Smart thing to do is to let someone know your plans. Hubby and I have a tendency to do that as well.

Jeanne said...

Sounds like quite a trail! i can totally empathize as we had a similar experience in Montana this past summer. Thoughht my feet would never be the same again!

Eileen Bergen said...

Wow, that does sound harrowing. I felt like I was trudging along with you racing the sun. So glad you both made it through none the worse for wear.