After about 20 minutes of walking I decided I needed to get back to the paved path to go back to my car. I had things to do. Except when I started back through the woods looking for the paved path I could not find it. I walked in the direction I thought I was supposed to be going in and was not finding my way out. So I did what any normal person would do. I convinced myself that I was going to be forever lost in Boardman Park (for those not from here the entire park including ball fields, playgrounds parking, etc. is only 227 acres).
The following is a dramatic reenactment of what went on in my head and out loud to myself.
"Oh my gosh. I can't believe I am lost. I'm going to die of thirst out here"
Looks around at the ground and all the snow.
"Ok, I can eat the snow if I have to. But I will freeze to death, I'm not dressed to wander around in the woods"
Really getting concerned. Calls Andrew on the phone and he doesn't answer. So I send him a text telling him I am lost in the woods and freaking out.
"No one knows where you are, how is anyone going to find you?"
Because ya know, I realize I called my son (who is in NC) but did not occur to me that if I REALLY needed to I could call the Boardman PD. Or my mom. Or my friends. On the phone. In my hand.
But suddenly...up ahead in the distance...I saw the pavilion that I had passed earlier. Oh great day in the morning! My heart leapt! I traipsed through the woods keeping the pavilion in my sites.
Then I found the paved road and felt like kicking up my heels. Apparently, the paved road curves to the left, but I just kept walking straight along the creek bed and well...end of the story is I didn't get lost forever in the woods. Shew!