By Anonymous - 15/05/2016 14:03 - United States - Salem
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None of the hiking trails in our area have phone signals unless you're "hiking" on the groomed or paved trails that run right along the main roads of town. If we want to hike or trail ride in the prettier areas, cell phone service is not something to be counted on. In our little cluster of houses, we all let each other know when we're going trail riding with the horses or hiking or taking the boats out (we live on a bluff above the water) so we all know who is doing something that might be dangerous so we can act appropriately if someone doesn't come home.
I still don't understand why some FML's change "You deserved it" to "Phew, glad it wasn't me". In this scenario, I would choose that their life sucks, but also be glad that I wasn't the one that fell down a cliff, and therefore also choose the second option. If someone's life sucks, then you'll naturally be glad whatever happened to them did NOT happen to you, which practically makes the second option completely pointless.
This is why you should never go hiking alone and always make sure several people know where you are and when you should be back. Tell them if they don't hear from you by this time send search and rescue.
I was hiking with a friend two weeks ago on Oahu. She fell 40 feet, landed on her head. Broke her neck, her back, her clavicle, her orbit, her wrist and a bunch of ribs. We had to be airlifted out. She survived and is already walking again. When I jumped after her I thought I was going to find her dead. It's a miracle she's alive, let alone walking. My point is this: this experience made me realize how blessed we are. Maybe FYL, but in all fairness you're also fortunate. Hope you mend quickly.