Part way coming down from Mount Chocorua in October, I came upon a pair of boots perched on rock alongside the trail, looking like this:
Could not help but wonder why anyone would leave a pair of almost new boots just sitting on a rock up alongside the trail. But on closer inspection, observed the following:
The soles had come completely off one boot and partway off the other. They were a woman's size 9, and first aid kit adhesive tape had been used unsuccessfully to try to hold the soles to the boots. The insoles, or footbeds, had been removed.
This was at a location several miles form the trailhead, some of it very rocky, so wondered how she ever got down. Maybe taped the footbeds to her socks?
Took the boots along, only with the intent to clean up, being a LNT freak.
But later began to wonder. Could she have been somewhere in the vicinity?
But did not get down to the trailhead until two hours after darkness had descended, and it was too late to go back and find out.
What had become of her. Will probably never know.
EDIT/UPDATE: The boots were clearly imprinted with an Asolo logo.
If she had alternate footwear, why bother with the tape mess?
Doug should write spy thrillers. I'd continue the story, but as Roger says,
'This is a family website.'