I've been adventuring since I was a little Girl Scout. Camping with no electricity or bathrooms. Hiking rope trails. I really started getting into it in 2012 after recovering from my accident. Met the right people who brought me to special places. I started getting tired of the crowds and started doing my own research, bushwacking and adventuring. My rule was never to tell people where places were to keep it special, but I was always willing to bring them there. I've brought many people to many places and have thoroughly enjoyed the excitement they have when they share the same joy, especially my other half. To share a passion with your other half is an amazing connection.
Within the past couple years, hiking has really taken off. To me it's an awesome thing to do instead of drinking or partying like in my old life. But what people are not understanding is the basics of hiking. Knowing your limit. Being prepared. I see people without the proper shoes, people going on trails that are for advanced hikers without even a backpack on them, knowing where they are going, the name of trail they are on or even enough liquids. I also see a lot more trash. Instagram is not life. Instagram is just pictures of what people want you to see. Do your research. Be properly prepared. If you're unsure of a hike, go with someone who has gone before.
This is the first time I have returned to this hike after a girl fell and I witnessed her being airlifted away and later dying. Such an easy trail for me and I couldn't understand how one could fall. I had always wanted to bring the bf here but after what I saw it gave me too much anxiety to go back. He was patient and waited until I was ready. I still don't understand how she fell or why it took her friend so long to come down. Questions that will never be answered. My point is, please be careful. Know your limits! Just because you see it on instagram, doesn't mean you can do it or it's safe or easy.
Sorry. Long ramble but this was a big step for me returning here. I was glad I was finally able to do it and share it with the other half and finally get rid of the anxiety.