Definition of Lost
- unable to find way: unable to find the way to a place
- mislaid: unable to be found temporarily
- gone: no longer in existence or use
On one of the days we were camping at Dinkey Creek, Dave, Janet and I went on a hike. It was a seven mile loop that would take us to four different mountain lakes. We had a copy of the map from our hiking book, but the only problem was that the signage along the trail was not very good. We saw two of the lakes, but from there it got very confusing. We took different trails but never did come to the last two lakes. We finally decided that we should quit looking because it was getting late. On our hike back we didn’t see any of the landmarks that we had seen along the way and we started to wonder if we were on the wrong trail to get back to our car. We came to a Y in the path and had no idea which way to go. (No signs!) We made the decision to back track to see if we missed our trail, or better yet, maybe come across some people that knew the way out. It was a very ‘uncomfortable’ feeling not knowing where we were.
After retracing our trail for quite a ways, we finally came across three people that were hiking out and knew the way. (Thank you God!) We followed them to our car.
We knew our family back at camp were probably starting to get worried. We left camp at 7:30 in the morning and they expected us back around 1:00-1:30. What they didn’t know (besides us losing the trail) was that the 16 mile drive to the trail head took us an hour and a half! It was a four-wheel drive trail and we could only go 5-10 miles per hour. That added a lot of time to our trip. When we finally pulled into our campground (5:30), we saw Ron at the entrance station. He went there to ask to use their phone to call the Forest Rangers to report us missing. We felt terrible that they were so worried, but there was no way for us to contact them.
After a nice shower and a few cocktails before dinner, the debate came up of whether or not we were lost. Dave insisted that we were not lost. (I think it’s a ‘guy thing’.) However, in looking up the definition (above), #1 pretty much was exactly what we were! Doesn’t matter, we had a happy ending.
P.S. No more hiking without a GPS!