So, I have started in the last couple of weeks going for walks on the beach when I am kid-free, as I have put a few kilos on in the last year or so and I want to be a bit more active. The beach where I choose to walk is fairly empty on weekday mid-morning when I go. The other day when I went, only 2 people passed me in the 1.5hrs it takes me to walk this stretch, though I usually see maybe 10 or more. It did occur to me that if something bad was to happen, I would be totally alone and unless someone else was on the beach too, no one could see me or hear me. But I happily told myself that that is totally paranoid.
The other day, I was on my walk. I had walked to the end of the beach, it's about 45 minutes from where I parked, and it is a 4WD park, so on weekdays it is largely deserted. On my way back, I heard someone running up behind me, that's fine, I do get people jogging past me as I only walk. But he stopped when he got up to me and said "geez, you're a fast walker, I've been running for ages to catch up with you". Old, feral, but seemingly friendly guy. I thought he'd say hi then keep running, but he didn't. He stayed walking with me making small talk, and asking about where I live and where I work (which I avoided answering!). I didn't feel threatened by him... though I did wish he'd leave me the h3ll alone as I like my serenity... I just thought he was a bit of a loser, but then he made a couple of comments about how "it would be nice to sit and have a coffee after this". When I got up to the entrance where I came in and I told him I was going, he said "well this has been such a nice walk, I'm going to do it more often now, maybe I'll see you again down here".
It did creep me out a bit.
When I told my friend, she said she had worried thoughts for me when I first said I was walking on the beach by myself, because of the "no one can hear you scream" type environment.
WDYT? Is it silly for me to be walking in an isolated place by myself? Or is that just paranoid? I mean statistically speaking, it would be very rare for something bad to happen. And I do regularly see other people walking/jogging by themselves.
I wanted to go for a walk today, around now actually, but I just really didn't want to bump into that guy again, so I didn't go for my walk, and now I'm annoyed.