We who go into the woods sometimes forget that what we do can be dangerous!
There were quite a few times at RRG last time where we saw a few side trails to views that if you had hurried & not been careful, the trail ended at the edge of a hidden but very tall cliff. Just a moments inattention & you could fall for a very long time.
Saturday night, just as it was getting dark, we heard a (what sounded like) HUGE tree fall in the valley below! Scary!
Thursday, one of us nearly stepped on a poisonous snake while setting up camp.
Friday, there was a bit of lightning!
Not once was I frightened, these events are indeed to be expected and are an added aspect to hiking. But be aware that: There are nasty critters out there that can kill you. The weather is neither evil or good, it also don't care if you are in the way,,, or not. Trees do fall in the woods, BIG trees fall in the woods! It's not the fall from the cliff that kills you, it's that sudden stop at the end. And, for those (me too) that hike in areas, like RRG with caves & rock houses (or cliffs) those rocks you are walking on under the cave or cliff or rock house, used to be up on the cliff, cave or rock house.
Don't stay home! Just be aware & alert!!
I remember an old ad, something like:
You could get eaten by a bear & die.
You could fall from a cliff & die.
You could get bit by a snake & die, OR:
You could sit on the couch, watching TV & die!
Personally I'll pass on the couch, & probably so should you!