Amanda Eller, the hiker who went missing for two weeks in a Hawaiian forest, denies that drugs or alcohol played a role in getting lost.
Eller, 35, responded to a question from a reporter who asked if she took a mind-widening substance before taking the walk.
She replied that she had a superfood smoothie and an RXBAR protein bar, but according to coffee no tea or tea KHON TV.
& # 39; I had absolutely no drugs or alcohol or anything like that & # 39 ;, Eller told reporters outside the Maui hospital on Tuesday where she was being treated.
& # 39; Everyone who knows me and my spiritual journey in the last few years knows that I am high on life, and I am high on people and heart. & # 39;
Amanda Eller, the 35-year-old yoga instructor who went missing for more than two weeks in a Hawaiian forest, says that drugs and alcohol played no role in her getting lost
Eller said she didn't pay attention to social media, where some theories were put forward about how she was lost for 17 days.
& # 39; Anyone can have their little theories, & # 39; she said.
The yoga instructor from Maryland says she fell to the ground and started to roar when a rescue helicopter saw her in a forest where she had survived two weeks by eating plants and drinking water.
Eller told reporters on Maui that other helicopters had not seen her earlier in her ordeal.
She was saved on Friday.
Eller says she took a 3-mile walk on May 8 in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
She didn't take a cell phone and didn't have a compass. She says her heart told her which way to go.
& # 39; I don't really know what happened, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I can only say that I got out of my car, it's like, you know, I have a strong sense of internal guidance, whatever you want to call it, a voice, a spirit – everyone has a different name for, heart. & # 39;
Eller's friend Javier Cantellops (pictured with Sarah Haynes, who coordinated the search) sat in the helicopter when he saw her waving at him near the Kailua reservoir
But when she tried to go back the way she had come, that path did not lead her to her car.
& # 39; My heart told me: "Walk down this path, go left," Great.
& # 39; "Go right". It was so strong – "Go left, go right" – I have something, great, this is so strong that it is clear that when I turn around and go back to my car, it will be just as strong when I go back, but it wasn't & # 39; t. & # 39;
Eller said she was following boar tracks through the forest. One evening she said she was looking for shelter in a wild boar.
& # 39; This is the Chinese New Year, this is the year of the pig, I am a pig, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; So I am sleeping in the house of a pig just like myself.
& # 39; And they were groundbreaking for me. & # 39;
When asked what advice she would give to hikers, she said: & # 39; Be prepared. & # 39;
& # 39; I should have had a cell phone with me, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; There is a reason we always have them with them. & # 39;
Eller said she normally packs food, water, and other supplies when she goes for a walk.
But for this specific excursion she decided not to pack anything.
& # 39; It is a friendly jungle, there is not much that you get. But be prepared anyway. & # 39;
Eller, 35, was missing in Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 after walking without her cell phone. A helicopter saw her near a waterfall on Friday.
Cantellops said the helicopter only had five minutes of fuel left before returning to the heliport when Eller suddenly came into the picture. They are pictured here during the rescue
& # 39; That moment will live forever in the depth of my soul & # 39 ;, Cantellops said (pictured left with Eller and co-volunteer Chris Berquist while calling her parents after they were saved)
Eller's friend Javier Cantellops was in the helicopter when he saw her wave at him near the Kailua reservoir.
Cantellops said the helicopter only had five minutes of fuel left before returning to the heliport when Eller suddenly came into the picture.
& # 39; That moment will live forever in the depth of my soul & # 39 ;, he told the Today show on Tuesday.
& # 39; We come across this waterfall and I look down and it appears from the forest. It can only be described as magic. & # 39;
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