Back in my sailing days, so long ago it barely seems possible, when I sailed my 23 foot sloop off the unforgiving Coast of Maine, I heard the following: There are three kinds of sailors: those that have run aground, those that are about to run aground, and those that lie. I was the first type of sailor. I'd had the boat less than a year when I misinterpreted a chart and slammed the boat's keel into one of Maine's many treacherous underwater granite ledges. I never did it again. Came close now and again, though.
But I wonder if the same applies to hikers? Are there three kinds of hikers: those that have gotten lost, those that are about to get lost, and those that lie about getting lost? So I thought it would be fun to put a poll out there on the subject. I've not done a poll in a good long while, so what the heck?
Even such a luminary as Daniel Boone could get lost, although he had a slightly different take on his experiences in the trackless wilderness of Virginia and Kentucky. When asked if he had ever gotten lost, the intrepid outdoorsman reportedly said, "No, but I was bewildered for three days once."
Me? I've never been lost in the woods. Nor have I ventured into trackless wilderness. I've probably been bewildered for a bit now and then, of course. And maybe I am in that second group of hikers: those that are about to be lost. But that is why I carry a compass and a topographic map, and also my trusty GPS (something that didn't exist when I would sail the "Snowbird" in Casco Bay).
How 'bout you? Ever been lost? Ever been bewildered for three days?
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