We took Syngyn's 'new' Volkswagen Golf on our trip. It has some quirks and it needs some work but it runs quite well. The thing that I didn't know was that the lighter outlet didn't work so I couldn't charge my phone. It was at 7% and going down fast. I was planning on using my phone as a flashlight if we needed it and, unfortunately for us, we did. We continued without the phone being charged because we didn't have service out there anyway and since we had just gone on a hike not too long ago, I estimated how long it would take us to hike the 15.5kms giving us extra time to try and prevent us from getting stuck in the dark. Now I didn't screw up my estimation, what messed us up was the time change.
We had no idea what to do. I started freaking out even more since we were stuck in this parking lot with no way of contacting anyone. I knew by this time our friends, who we told where we were going hiking and when we would be back by, would be getting worried.
We then noticed the pay phone! But wait, in this day and age who carries around change with them? Syngyn sometimes has random coins in his wallet and it was such a relief that he did! It said it would cost 50 cents to make a local call, we had 50 cents! We put in the coins and dialled our friends number to tell them the pickle we were in. The operator answered and told us "You need $2.50 to complete this call"... We didn't have an extra $2 in change that the payphone would accept and unfortunately they don't put change machines out in the mountains. We begged them to let us make this call. We were stuck in bear country, in the mountains, in the dark! Surely they would have some sympathy and help us out. They just kept pestering us about the $2.50. We tried to get them to bill it to the people we were calling but they can't do that with cell phone numbers. We then tried giving them my parents home phone but that didn't work for some reason either. As Syngyn was trying really nicely to get this person to help us out, I started crying. I was gonna get trapped in the mountains for a night just because we don't have the right change to make $2.50 that the payphone would accept. I started freaking out at the operator while I was crying; telling him that it was pitch black and that this area is bad for bear attacks. The line went dead. That was the last of our change, we had no way of making another call. After a moment it started ringing and then our friend picked up. We had never felt so relieved to hear their voice! Once again I started crying but this time it was because I knew we would be okay.
We started describing where we were and what kind of situation we had gotten ourselves into. We were stuck at the North Interlakes day use area. We told them that we just needed them to come out and take us to our car that was only 4kms away. We stayed on the phone with them until they found where they were going. Even though we were finally going to be safe, my fear kept building. We were still out in the open and, by the time the operator put us through, it was pitch black. I felt very vulnerable especially knowing there was something in the bushes not far from where we were. Once our friends had an idea of where we were, we headed to our only choice of shelter: a 3'x6' bathroom. At 9:30pm PST we were finally safe.
Syngyn, Lily, and I hunkered down for about two hours until we were rescued. We made the best of it: flipping through the photos on my camera, Syngyn 'sang' a couple of songs while keeping an eye out for our friend, and then I tried to nap. As soon as he heard a vehicle he smacked me out of my slumber and was ready to run out the door. There was nothing better than hearing them drive up and honk the horn. It was over! We could finally go home!
Syngyn and I haven't gone on a hike since and probably won't until next year. We learned a HUGE lesson and won't be hiking in the mountains unless we start the hike before noon. We will also bring an actual flashlight, as well as keep some extra quarters in our pack in case we need to use a payphone again. The next time we go on a hike we will be much more prepared for a bad situation like this.