I went to a 'nature preserve' nearby last week. It's kind of weird because it's a long peninsula that juts out from the city into the lake, and you can get a really nice view of the skyline and the busy city from the end of the peninsula, even though the preserve itself is really lonely.
So I went there close to sunset and entered the preserve at the start of the peninsula. It's a really long peninsula and it takes almost an hour to walk to the end of it, which was fine because I went there for my usual long walk. There were already hardly any people there when I entered, but as I continued walking, there were less and less people because it was getting dark and they were all leaving.
When I got to the end of the peninsula, it was completely dark. On one shore, you could see the skyline. On the other shore, there was just the vast and dark expanse of the lake, with the waves crashing against the shore and the wind howling. It was really freaky, standing there at the edge of a desolate nature preserve surrounded by oblivion on one side, with the busy city visible on the other. All those people in the city had no idea I was here, all alone on this creepy peninsula.
[kind of crappy photos but that's the best my phone can do]
I could hardly see anything and I had to keep getting out my phone to use the light. I was walking in pitch black except for the sporadic moonlight, because there were no lights on the peninsula. A couple of times, I heard a sudden rustling in the brush because of some unknown animal, which startled me.
To add to the drama, the preserve was closing at 9, so I had to make sure to get out before then. On the way back, I got as far as a footbridge, which was out of commission. That meant I had to backtrack to nearly the end of the peninsula again and take the other path. I was afraid I wouldn't make it out in time, since that added almost half an hour to my hour-long return journey. But I did finally make it out in time.
I didn't know at the time, but I later learned that there are a lot of snakes (probably harmless) and coyotes living on the peninsula. And I walked alone in the dark right through their their territory.
So it was a pretty creepy experience, which I never expected to have in such a densely populated city.