Teenagers in love

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 19 January 2015 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

I recently started hiking again and have been bringing my camera with me, too, as I have also started working on a landscape-oriented photo project. Last Friday night, while I was hiking back to the trailhead after the sun had set, I came upon these teenagers. They were completely unprepared for hiking in the desert generally and especially on this particular trail (which is rated as "difficult") because they were wearing sneakers, which provided only minimal traction on the slippery soil, and their "flashlight" was actually a cell phone, which was going to be wholly inadequate once the sun had finished setting a few minutes hence, because they were still nearly a mile (~20-30 minutes) away from the trailhead.

Being a responsible adult, I couldn't bring myself to leave them to hike the rest of the way back on their own, although they assured me it would not be a problem. So we ended up sharing my flashlight and I hiked with them back to the trailhead, where their parents were waiting for them. They were over 30 minutes late by then and the girl's mother thanked me for making sure they got back safely.