Adventure Challenge – Day 7: Getting Lost in Mattheison State Park

I had a 5 hour drive so I figured I would get in a short adventure today. I found Mattheison State Park on the map and read positive things. It rained all night, and off and on all morning. The weather was perfect; 70’s, low humidity, light rain off and on. The weather just meant no tourists. The trails were all mine!

I didn’t have a map going in. I looked on my phone and the website didn’t offer a map but said that the trails were clearly marked at each intersection. I covered myself in bug spray, put on my water pack (even though it was low) and hit the trail. For about the first two miles it was gorgeous. The next mile started to get a little muddy. By the fourth mile I realized I was lost. I have no sense of direction and there were no trail indicators. I was totally winging it. I wanted to start heading back since I still had several hours to drive. I twisted and turned down the paths. I realized I was completely lost. Soon I saw my muddy footprints in the tracks I was going down. I had already came down these paths.

I won’t lie, I got a little nervous. My water ran out and it was getting dark. By the time I started to see my footprints on the trail going both ways I knew I was screwed. I finally took a chance and took a path that had no footprints. I knew I hadn’t been there and I had already passed it twice. I decided I had nothing to lose. It came out of the trees into a clearing. I just kept walking. Eventually I hit the main road. My car was no where to be found but at least I was out of the woods (pun intended). I found my car about 1/2 mile away up the road.

This trip turned out to be quite the adventure. This weekend I will be buying a portable water filter and start downloading maps to my phone before hikes. And the adventures roll on….


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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