Letter From the Editor: The Great Escape

By Leslie Moore

Letter From the Editor: The Great Escape

Every year, in July or August, I go to the North Carolina Mountains with two good friends. Another friend owns the picture perfect mountain cabin – no cell phone service, no internet, no cable television – just a beautiful mountain stream and time to enjoy it. My trip is coming up this month, and I am excited to feel the cool mountain air and enjoy some down time. One of my friends, Gail, loves to hike and the other does not. Marcia would rather stay in the cabin or sit on a bench and read while the two of use traipse through the woods.

Last year, as always, Gail and I set out on a beautiful trail that goes by a waterfall, while our non-hiking friend enjoyed her book. We decided we were not ready to stop when we got to our turn around point and extended our hike by taking a different fork on the trail that we thought made a loop back to the falls. That was our first mistake. We soon noticed things did not look familiar, but we were having fun and just kept walking, thinking we’d probably see something we recognized soon. After about two hours, we stopped to rest by a stream. By then we were thirsty and hot, of course we hadn’t brought any water or a map. That was our second mistake. As hard as it was to admit, we were lost. And those gorgeous woods got a little scary all of a sudden. Then we saw a huge pile of what we thought was bear poop and our moods darkened considerably. I had my cell phone thank goodness – it was the only thing I did right that day. I learned that even if you don’t have a signal you can make an emergency call. So I did. It took them another two hours to find us and counting the command center they set up at the waterfall, there were probably 50 people involved in finding the two crazy ladies from the beach. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my entire life. This year, I think our hikes will be much less adventurous – or maybe we’ll join Marcia on the porch and just read our books while sipping a glass of wine.

Happy Trails!

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things

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  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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