I was on the trail by the beach walking and I had my headphone on, I usually walk in this area all of the time during the summer and it was really hard for me to understand how and why this man was following me. I had an mp3 song download going on and I could hear more of the things around me. I noticed that there was a person that sounded like he was following me, I did not know what to do so I kept on walking. I got nervous but then I saw that there were people around me, it was starting to become more and more crowded on the trail so I felt better. Before I knew what was going on, I noticed that the man was gone and I started to realize that if someone tried to come and get me that I would not hear them with my music blaring really loud in my ears.
I started to talk to my friends and they told me for their safety that they never walk with earplugs in their ears. I wanted to see what the local police department would say and if they had any pointers for women who walk at night. They told me that they would send someone to my house and they would talk to me and do a risk assessment of what could happen to me when I walk alone. I usually walk in this beautiful place and I could not imagine anything happening to me. I wanted to make sure that I was going to be doing the right thing for my safety because I wanted to make sure that I would be around for my daughter and the rest of my family and my friends, it was a good eye opening experience.