January 11, 2009
There are some hikes that only need to be done once. Today's was one of them. I did it twice, however, and am going to be doing it again tomorrow.
I lost my keys.
I should know better. It's not the first time.
Years ago, I lost a set of keys on hike and have been very careful with my keys ever since. Today, though, I was in kind of a hurry and just clipped my keys onto my belt loop with a carabiner and went. I didn't want to take a pack so I figured that was enough. Wrong! It's a terrible feeling when you get to your vehicle to discover that you do not have your keys.
I backtracked and did the whole hike in reverse without any luck. But the light was getting dim and I always carry a spare key so I gave up the search and will return tomorrow. Hopefully in broad daylight I'll have better luck and will be able to find them. I will post pictures tomorrow because right now I'm just a bit too tired and disgusted with myself to do so.
I really had a great hike planned for Monday but that's going to have to wait. I may be spending my day with a locksmith.
Update with pictures:
No, I didn't find my keys even though I have now done this little hike three times. My wife tells me that my neighbor has a metal detector and I may borrow it before I go again. I know they're there and I don't give up easily.
This is where I went up. There is a cross on the hilltop behind the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta. Can you see it on the top? Me, neither but I know it's there so I'm be scrambling up this loose, steep gully to get there.
Success! I don't know who put this up here but thanks a lot. Unless this cross was here, there i is no way I'd consider humping it up this nondescript hilltop to nowhere.
At least there is a nice view from the top.
As I make my way down, I come upon another cross. Maybe I'll kneel here and pray I find my keys on my NEXT trip up here.
Well, now that I've made it down, look what I get to climb up again!! Since it hasn't killed me, I guess it's making me stronger.
This actually would've been a pretty fun little adventure if not for my key mishap. If I ever do find my keys, I'm going to start looking the the Lost Dutchman's Mine and