A person found themselves on an unexpected hiking adventure in San Diego, despite not being an outdoors enthusiast. However, they decided to make the most of it and soon began to enjoy the hike, although the same could not be said for the people around them.
When their cousin suggested a hiking trip for a Fourth of July activity, the person was apprehensive but open-minded. The chosen destination was Cowles Mountain, located about 45 minutes away from their downtown hotel.
Music for the Journey
Upon arrival at Cowles Mountain, the person noticed a substantial crowd and a group of guys descending from the trail while playing loud rap music. Inspired by the idea of enhancing the hike’s enjoyment, they retrieved their speaker from their backpack and started playing their favorite playlist.
While most hikers appeared unperturbed, a few gave disapproving looks. Eventually, a woman approached them and pointed out that playing music without headphones was impolite and against the rules.
Defending the Music
The person did not take this complaint seriously. “I told her that I was playing music for our group, but she said that it was still very rude and against the rules, but she kept walking”, they wrote.
A Scary Encounter
As the group continued their musical hike, they reached a relatively flat spot and decided to rest. This is when the situation took a distressing turn. A couple approached them, reiterating the need to use headphones.
Defending Their Decision
However, the individual wasn’t accepting these complaints. “I told her that we were in a group”, they explained. “She said that it didn’t matter because most people were trying to enjoy quiet nature. I told her that it’s public land.”
The woman escalated the altercation significantly. “She said that if I wasn’t such a fat and ignorant person, I would have noticed the sign at the bottom that said no speakers.” The woman did not refrain from sprinkling this accusation with expletives.
A Threatening Atmosphere
The woman continued to hurl insults, and the situation grew tense. The individual decided to turn off the speaker to avoid further confrontation.
The couple eventually retreated, but not before leaving behind a lingering sense of unease. The person had been left with a feeling of discomfort and did not want to risk playing any music for the remainder of the hike.
The individual couldn’t shake the encounter from their mind, replaying it repeatedly through the night. Sleep eluded them, and they found themselves questioning their actions and whether they had done something wrong.
Telling Internet Friends
The person headed online to share their story, confessing to their guilt-ridden sleep. They made the comment section public, allowing anyone to chime in with their opinion. “There is a time and place for everything, except forcing your musical taste on other people in public”, one commenter spat. “There is never a time for that. Terrible hiking etiquette and terrible attitude.”
A Tranquil Escape
Everybody was in agreement that the person had acted out of order, disturbing the tranquil escape for fellow hikers. “Most people hike to get away from Top-40 hits, and those that don’t are typically courteous enough to bring headphones”, accused another person.
Why No Headphones?
Commenters weren’t denying that music could enhance a good hike, but they were all puzzled as to why the person thought using a speaker was appropriate. “Listen to your music on your headphones like an adult”, they suggested. “If you want to listen in a group do not do that in a public place, and if you find hikes so boring, don’t go on one.”
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