Lincoln County authorities got a call from a distraught mother and her 23 year old son last evening, having lost their way on a hike along Olalla Lake. They had intended to come back home before dark, but with the onslaught of a powerful Pacific storm, daylight was clipped early and the ensuing high winds and rains battered the two.
The mother got on her cell phone and tried to give searchers and idea where they were. It proved accurate enough that they were discovered a short time later and were returned to their home on Olalla Lake Road.
Sheriff’s deputies say late afternoon hiking can be a bit risky since if anything happens or you get lost, darkness will hamper any search efforts. Also, be alert for weather advisories of impending storms that may be about the slam ashore. Shortly after sundown last night a huge burst of moisture came off the ocean and powerfully drenched the Central Coast causing creeks and rivers to rise, and the creation of water flows where there typically aren’t any.
Also, the pair was rescued because the mother had a cell phone. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before going on a hike because when you get back up into the woods, it takes more energy for your cell phone to reach outside the forest and hit a mountain-top cell phone tower. It means whatever battery power you have will be drained faster. So keep your cell phone fully charged.
And again, watch those weather forecasts and always have rain gear at the ready.