Monday, November 5, 2012

Night Hiking on Halloween

All Hallows Eve... what to do? what to do? Take a hike! That's what! It was about 7:00 PM, nothin to do, didn't get my weekend hike in because of errands, and getting everything at home ready for winter to set in, you know the gist... Hoses to be brought in, outdoor spigots to be wrapped and insulated, garden to be plucked clean and tilled a bit, all THAT fun stuff.

Anyway, Indiana Dunes State Park beckoned to us, there was a huge moon out and the nights haven't become unbearably cold yet. Off we went, grabbed the usuals, water, snacks, cell phone and the new external battery packs I bought from, which I mentioned in the Gadgets Post.
When we arrived, I immediately tortured Rella by putting a costume on her, One picture and it was time for a wardrobe change - Doggy Sweater and Doggy Hiking Pack.
 We set off into the woods, the moon lighting our way (along with a small flashlight). I was a beautiful night, owls hooting, breeze slightly blowing through the trees, it was all very peaceful and quite serene.
We walked for several miles on trail 10 which is a fairly level and easy loop trail. It takes us past huge prairies and even has a few lookout stands, they're about 10 - 15 feet tall. Each stand has a placard of the area you are seeing, listing species of animals you might see running across the fields or rummaging through the woods. I was not thrilled when I saw Coyote on that list... let's just say I was quite paranoid the rest of the night.

As we walked through a particular stand of trees, the wind was blowing  just hard enough to cause several trees to emit a very eerie creaking sound... cue increased heart rate. Rella didn't seem to mind the noise nor did she seem very nervous about it, still I quickened our pace... I do not believe in ghosts or goblins however, that didn't help me out one iota of a bit. In moments of panic my first line of defense is comedy... cue up "Blair Witch Project" spoof.

 Of course right after THAT nugget of entertainment was over, mother nature decided to have a bit of fun too and sent an ambassador of the woods careening through the woods at breakneck speeds, making noise equivocal to anything you'd expect in a Hollywood horror movie. I froze and immediately my imagination got the better of me and my rampant thoughts(Obvious Swearing Omitted) included but are not limited to: "Ho-ly ___ Coyote! Coyotes comin' to eat me!", "No, It's a bear... It's a FRICKIN' BEAR comin' to eat me!", "Wait... are there mountain lions in this area!?", "Are you supposed to run or stay your ground? Running sounds good! (takes a step) No! don't! I think that they chase you because you're showing fear. I don't know!! (looks at dog) Why's she so calm!?" The noises drew nearer and I was ready to kiss my ___ goodbye. Just then a Ginormous DEER came running out of the woods crossing over the trail almost directly in front of me. Stopped... looked (I swear it was laughing) and ran off. I gotta admit, I Eventually had a good laugh after.

I love The Dunes, I seriously do. If you're in the Northwest Indiana area, I highly recommend experiencing The Dunes! Here's a link to my Yelp! Review, if you're so inclined to read it.

Happy Hiking!


  1. I miss you Chris. I wsh we were still together. You know I love you still right?
    I see you sometimes and want to talk to you but, don't know how. I know you see me too; I hope you see me.
    Talk to me. You know he didn't mean anything to me, not lik U did. We're meant to be together! I know it! Don't you? I know you think of me.
    We HAD SOMETHING and I didn't realize it until after you left me. We can have something again. I want THAT again

    Call me, Text me, Yous till love me

    1. OK...

      I'm going to make this pretty clear - NO! I'm done, you're a part of my past that I don't ever want to go back to, If there WAS something it was on my side... I didn't go sleeping around because I was with YOU, I didn't go putting "Shawna" in my Phone instead "Shaun" thinkin' I wouldn't figure it out.
      I do see you around, you got me there. But guess what? I couldn't give two shits. I don't want to be an asshole but, to bad so sad. I'm not going to call or text or "just say hi" when I see you.

      For one, I'm seeing someone awesome.

      Two, I won't make the same mistake twice.

      Three, Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

      Four, I'M SEEING SOMEONE. It's a concept you may not be familiar with so let me break it down for you:

      I'm = Chris
      Seeing = is going out with

      And here's what you have trouble with... ready? Pay CLOSE attention

      Someone = SomeONE see the big CAPS -ONE-
      You should try it some time

      Happy friggin day "anonymous"


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