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· @kaylinart ·
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I Almost Killed Myself Hiking The Other Day...
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I tend to be a spontaneous person. I'll just wake up and do something crazy with no thought before hand.
Lately, I've been hiking a lot. No big deal.
I went hiking yesterday. I went on the same trail I used a few weeks ago. It was the perfect temperature, warm and sunny. 
Compare it to the rainy day I took a couple of weeks ago. 
(That is the same spot!)
<a href="http://imgur.com/HIxSJ97"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/HIxSJ97.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

Anyways, I had the bright idea, of going on an unmapped trail. I was at the top of the mountain. The trail was gradually getting thinner. 
Basically disappearing. It clearly was an area not hiked by people often. I started to freak myself out. 
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## I'm terrified of snakes ##
They are probably one of my biggest fears; It's ridiculous because I know which ones are harmless and which ones aren't. In Utah, we don't even have Cottonmouths. We just have rattlesnakes, And even those aren't that common. I can tell you exactly what kind it is. Even though I see a harmless gopher snake and start screaming like a little girl. 
*Photo credit:
 Utah's Hogle Zoo 


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As the temperature started to rise, I got more and more paranoid. Especially because I was hiking on an unmapped trail. I was at the top of the mountain shaking. Stomping as I walked, Hoping to scare any snakes away. I turned into a crazy person. I kept blindly following what I thought to be a small dirt path along the edge of the mountain. It got thinner and thinner... 
I was walking along an extremely steep cliffside. That's when it dawned on me. My feet weren't even on a flat surface. I was still going. I looked down in horror. 

I decided to turn back, 

# Then I had another brilliant Idea #
## Another unmarked trail ##
At this point I was so freaked out about snakes, I just wanted to get the hell out of the canyon. My goal was to get down as quick as possible. So I decided to go down an unmarked trail that would take me out of the canyon a "short cut." 

It was a trail this time, But it was grueling. It was muddy and incredibly steep. I had to hold on to tree branches to get down. I looked back now and then, And I had no idea how I would ever go back up it. It was too steep..
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# I got to the bottom and saw something terrible... # 
A No Trespassing sign.
WHAT THE HELL!?
I stared at the sign in horror. 
"I can't go back up that trail!!"
Finally, I went parallel to the sign; There was a tree knocked over a tiny trail. I'm assuming someone owned that land too, And they were trying to prevent people from going on it.

I was feeling so much dread. My whole body hurt, I was hungry and thirsty. I felt trapped. Am I supposed just to die here? Because I don't want to trespass. And I can't get back up the mountain?! There was no other way to get out of there. 

I decided that I didn't care who owned the land. They'd have to deal with me being on it. So I climbed over the knocked down tree and kept going...


I badly just wanted to lay down and die, Because I didn't have the energy to keep going. But obviously, I had no choice. 

I found a fork and picked a trail that would take me down...

# Another sign With a fence...  #
So I had to back track AGAIN! This happened 1-2 more times. 
I started to hate whoever owned the land. Because I so badly just wanted to walk through it. 

I seriously would have given them a 20 so that I could walk through that how tired I was. 

Finally, I got to an area that seemed promising. But I started to get scared... I was coming close to people's houses. I was worried the trail would end up in someone's backyard and I wouldn't be able to get through....
I came across a big metal fence.... Seriously!? 
I started to contemplate what I'd say if the police showed up because I was probably trespassing on someone's land. 
It made me somewhat thankful that I'm a woman, so I probably appear less intimidating. 

Then I finally got lucky...
The little trail nearby zigzagged down in between two houses. I could walk down and be on the sidewalk in the middle of a neighborhood. It was very bizarre. But I ran to that sidewalk as fast as I could. 
I made it... Oh, my! 
I still ended up having to walk a mile and a half back the bus stop, But I was happy to be near houses and concrete. Away from snakes, Away from brutal hills and cliffs.

# What did I learn from this? #
STAY OFF UNMAPPED TRAILS UNLESS You have LOTS of energy!
My snake fear is out of control. 

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@mrfoot ·
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You really shouldn't announce your phobias in public, the next time the gubment has some questions for you; you can expect to see more snakes :)

1984 is here !!!

Steem on :)
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@kaylinart ·
OMG! It's so true! I guess I feel more comfortable on Steemit. Maybe a bit too comfortable. LOL
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@cognoscere ·
Great story @kaylinart, sorry for your predicament, but it sounds like it was a good learning experience for you.  I could feel your anxiety leaping out of this post!
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@kaylinart ·
It's alright :) Now I Know better! I feel like I have to constantly learn the hard way LOL.
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@cognoscere ·
Re-steemed.
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@spanish-trail ·
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Wow you have to be careful! I live in a mountainous area too, there have been several cases of seriously injured people climbing or doing traicking. I love the mountain but I always have respect for it. And it is beautiful to enjoy the solitude in a place like this, but a good solution would be that when you try new trails, you go accompanied.

And I die if that snake appears to me. I hate snakes, scorpions, spiders, cockroaches etc etc.

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@kaylinart ·
I'm glad I'm not the only one! LOL. 
I should start hiking with a friend or something haha. I would hate to get injured and not be able to call anyone. 

I'm the same way, I hate scorpions, and cockroaches too. I actually don't mind spiders though.
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@spanish-trail ·
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Yes my friend. Or do it in safe and familiar places. I do not know what it's like where you live and it's not to scare you. It is only to promote respect for the mountain. And I know that hiking in solitude, has a different flavor. But just for safety it is better to do it with someone.

Are not you scared of spiders? For me they are the worst, where I live there are "Black Widows", they are very poisonous and of small size. The truth is, I have to admit that I'm rather fearful, haha
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@juvyjabian ·
You have surpassed your limitations and I congratulate you that. It would only mean that you can now do more than that in next adventure that you will do.
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@kaylinart ·
So True! hahah I love being able to test my limits haha.
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@milaoz ·
Very beautiful!!
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@kaylinart ·
Thank you!
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@erikaflynn ·
Good views, but I would not like to get lost there. I'm glad your story ended well and I think you should to be more careful next time.
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@tuck-fheman ·
Being lost in the wilderness is a scary feeling that I would never wish to revisit again, but for some reason I wanted to read your story about it. I'm glad you found your way out in good shape!
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@unipsycho · (edited)
Great story kaylinart, I've been through many similar experiences and for me however, they are great memories to have of fearful times, as they remind me to do what is smart and I'm comfortable with in the mountains.  I however, had grown to really love off-trail, as I find the most amazing places where others have rarely (if ever) been before, so it drives me now, but always with those safety reminders.  Anyway, you got through it, will remember it always and use it for your next adventure, as you will get more 'used' to those situations and probably like me, learn to love them since you'll see more and do more because of them.  -FOLLOWED!
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@throughmyeyes · (edited)
Great pics! :)   There are many things you can learn from experiences like that.
I generally don't leave the house without a compass, map, headlamp and a small emergency kit (it has a plastic shelter ,firestarting tools etc). And that's just when I am going for something small. 
(The animals are scary but the most dangerous thing are falling off a cliff and succumbing to hypothermia or lack of water.) 
You can get free electronic maps from USGS on their website (you'll have to copy and paste the whole link in the browser. 
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