I realize, now, that I never actually posted about what happened on the mountain on that fateful day back in October, 2007.
A day or two earlier my friend Rebekah convinced me that it would be a good idea to go hiking. So, on that fateful afternoon we headed out, not 100% sure of where we were going, and found one of the two mountains she had directions to.
Mount Cardigan in Alexandria, NH.
Mistake 1: I had accidentally left my regular glasses in my car back in Stratham.
Mistake 2: We didn't start hiking until 3, 4 in the afternoon.
Mistake 3: We didn't feel like buying a map.
Mistake 4: We didn't have a flashlight.
So, what happened is we started up one trail, soon found ourselves on another, with no idea how to get down. We continue on, eventually finding a couple hikers in a lean-to, who inform us that we've somehow made it completely around to the wrong side of the mountain, and the quickest way back down is to head for the summit then go down the other side. So, we do.
Well, we start to. It soon gets dark, and once we get below the tree line I can't see a friggin thing. Then, it begins raining. Holy crap did it rain. We were sitting on the side of this mountain in pitch blackness in what sounded like the middle of a river.
So we called 911, and after a while this crew came up and found us and led us down the rest of the way.
As I've mentioned previously a YEAR LATER, September of this year, I received a letter detailing our escapade and telling me that since we acted negligently we were responsible for the costs accrued during our rescue.
Today I finally sent in the check for my half, along with a partially snarky letter:
Enclosed please find a check for 128.71, my half of the fine assessed to my friend Rebekah and me on September 22. As she has already paid her half you now have the full $257.42.
Please enjoy my groceries and her baby formula and have a spectacular new year.
Appropriate? Perhaps not.
Therapeutic? Most likely.
- Music:The sounds of people dialing.