Out My Back Door Part II: LOST in Pueblo Canyon

Before I was lost. Look how confident I am. Moron.

How often do you ignore obvious signs and wander around lost, convinced you ought to be on the proper path? If you’re a research scientist like me, the answer is ALL THE TIME. It takes a lot of mistakes (we call them experiments) to test all possible avenues and get results that mean something.

This Memorial Day I had that experience as a hiker. I set off for an afternoon hike in the canyon to get warm (my apartment stays a little too cool and shady) and work up an appetite before dinner. I carefully (and a tad pridefully) watched for return markers, since I had missed my turn towards home on my first hike. I thought to myself, “I won’t make that mistake again!” Well, as they say, pride goes before the long trek in the wrong direction.

I was confidently wandering the Walnut Canyon Rim trail and walked down into the canyon itself. My path ended, as far as I could tell, so I climbed out and rejoined a main trail. This climb, and the jutting mesas, turned my sense of direction around. I was hiking along a straight path in a deep canyon due East. The only thing on the map like it was Pueblo, yet I was convinced I was still in Walnut about to meet Pueblo.The clue that tipped me off: the moon’s position in the sky. By the time I got turned around and back home, I had been hiking for 3 hours.

From the floor of Pueblo Canyon when I finally came to my senses and headed WEST. There is NO WAY I’m climbing out of this.

I’ve climbed up here twice. This time I was relieve because I knew where I was (but yes, the trail appears to dead-end here). I’m pretty sure that pipe is carrying exactly what you think it is.

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About mcddanielle

Happy Adventurer in the game of life!
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One Response to Out My Back Door Part II: LOST in Pueblo Canyon

  1. Andrea says:

    Sounds like you’re off to a good start! Glad you made it home safe.

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