One of the downsides of going solo can be taking a hike. The other day at Suwannee River campground there were several well-marked trails. Maggie in the lead, we walked above the river and enjoyed beautiful views and a few bugs. The trail turned away from the river to make a loop back to the campground. However, we ended up on a road that took us to a paved road, no campground insight. How could I have missed the post with arrows pointing the way? 7,318 steps later, finding a powerline road that looked vaguely familiar we were back at the campground. I did have my cell phone (don’t leave home without it), so I could see we were on the state park parameter. If I had to call 911 to say I was lost, that would have been embarrassing.
Next time I will bring water along for the both of us. It wasn’t supposed to be that long a walk in the woods. Poor Maggie plopped herself down at one point, giving me a look of “where’s my water?”
I thought about my pals Madeleine and Norman and wished they were traveling with us. They love to hike. Me not so much. My favorite hike is on a golf course, on a beach or in an urban jungle.