I carry a backpack and cooler out with me. Filled with supplies, pepper spray, knife, etc etc.
This is going off the subject.......................I would much rather take my chances with life in the pines. I can say I don't remember anyone being jumped or robbed while in the woods. Bad feelings around some people I meet... yes. A little common sense is best.Trust your gut feeling and Enjoy your Time in the Pines.Life is short
Your 100% right I was only thinking people.With the rise of bear sightings you should be with pepper spray.Safer for you and the bear.I hope that I didn't come off as hypervigilant, I'm definitely not. I have never had bad experiences with people in the pines either, but I've crossed paths with some people who I am pretty sure were up to no good.
I did, recently, have a black bear suddenly appear about 8 feet from me in the highlands and 'forgot' that I had pepper spray on my hip!
I think that I'd be nervous about my wife walking alone in the woods with our baby. More so if it were a WMA, but if it were a state park or forest I suppose that I would be less anxious.
In all I agree with what you are saying. A little common sense and awareness really goes a long way.
Your 100% right I was only thinking people.With the rise of bear sightings you should be with pepper spray.Safer for you and the bear.
I was a little surprised at how useless the Preserve maps were too. Lots of additional trails and roadways that don't appear on the map would have thrown me off too.