It was freezing temperatures; the rain would not stop for anything. What was this Spring in June?! Roughing it was not easy by any means but had to make due, there is no way around it. The last thing we were going to do was stay in a hotel, that would just defeat the whole purpose of this journey. We couldn’t stop shivering. We only had one sleeping bag to share, using clothes as padding. After getting situated that first night, we were ready to doze off when we suddendly heard hooting. I thought how cool yet how annoying is this given the hour it was.
The noise kept us up until it slowly drifted afar, allowing us to get some much-needed sleep, or so we thought… It was just after 3am when out of nowhere hooting began once again, except this time sounded as though it were a few if not more causing ruckus.
Talk about waking up groggy the next morning.
The days to follow were rainy, mucky, and wet. Thinking this was bad enough, night three rolled around, and it was then that the hooting quickly turned into growling noise. Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more scared than darkness itself, it was apparent that there was more out there than imagined, not in a good way!
We nearly jumped out of our socks, our bodies trembling. In that moment, terrified as can be we sat there frozen like statues, the growling coming closer and closer. Before we new it is rearing around the corner, in seconds was right behind our tent as a matter of fact. We had not a clue as to what it was or what to do. Realizing we were on unknown territory that clearly was not ours was very unsettling. What we thought was an owl, was not one but many coyotes.
Boy did we choose the perfect spot…
You may wonder what does one do when in this situation? There is one DIY way that can easily be done from an arms length away:
- Grab a nearby rock or stone
- find any kind of metal object (Maglite being our secret choice of weapon).
- Now using the two together, clank it against one another several times, loudly.
By doing so, will help rid nearby predators. Keep in mind though it won’t keep away the noise of coyotes or possible other wildlife in the distant.