The five of us set out from Michigan Bluff and were having a great day. We saw many people out enjoying the day.
We started on the final descent to Eldorado Creek before the climb to Michigan Bluff. I was clearly the ball and chain in the group. As you know, downhill running is not my forte. I was behind the group and kept running, off on the wrong trail. Well, I didn't realize it was the wrong trail right away, it took me awhile. There were ribbons hanging (just like the rest of the day) so I thought I was okay. Well, I finally turned around and tried not to panic. I had run out of water and food! I used my Garmin watch to go "back to start".
Of course, it was mostly uphill and took me forever. I'd walk a bit and then would yell "HELLO". No answer, finally I made it back to where I took a wrong turn. Steve was waiting there. Boy, was I happy to see him. Another runner headed up to Michigan bluff to tell Jeffrey I was found. We waited for Rich and Carrie to return from searching in the opposite direction. I was thirsty and hot!
It took us awhile to climb out to meet Jeffrey. He had called Placer search and rescue, worried that I had gotten hurt. No, I wasn't physically hurt, just my pride. All I could think about was the "yellow shower curtain"!!! as I was trying to stay calm while thinking I would be mountain lion/bear/vulture food!!
I felt awful for taking so much extra time and stressing out everyone else. A 25 miler turned into a 28+ miler.
I was supposed to have Mother's day dinner with my son and daughter in law at 6 p. but ended up eating at 8 p. What a longgggg day.
On a side note, I ran Monday with a new found glee, glad that I was still around to run another day.