Hike Distance: 10.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1586.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2024 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 208762 feet
This was one beautiful day and we decided upon a hike that would allow me to connect to some previous roads. Most of the hike was uphill, and it felt good on the back! There were great views and we saw no people today. 🙂
The only negative to this hike was that a homeowner was firing a gun when we were almost back to our car. What was unnerving is that this homeowner is right next to a major road, in this area. I called out that there were hikers here but they still fired again. I then blew my whistle and the shooting stopped. Unfortunately, this homeowner fired the gun again, when we got back to our car. If I had to guess, the muzzle of the gun was pointed in our direction, which sounds different than if we heard it from the side or behind us. I don’t believe they were firing at us, on purpose, but it was completely irresponsible, given we made it known we were there. Also, this homeowner knows that there is a forest road behind their property and that cars and people travel on it!
Not knowing the gun laws in this area, or if it’s within restricted gun firing zone, I called the sheriff’s office to report the incident. The sheriff’s office called back and were very professional and understanding on the phone. I don’t have a problem with responsible gun ownership but this is an area with homes along the road, and, I called out and blew a whistle and they still fired the gun with the knowledge we were there. No response was ever called back, and we were within 100-150 feet of the individual.
This incident didn’t ruin the amazingly good time we had but it sure makes us aware of risks people are exposed to while trying to enjoy the outdoors. We do wear high visibility (blaze orange) jackets and backpack covers so we’re not an obvious target during hunting season.