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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:55 AM 09/25/12 (CST)

Last weekend me my wife, my mother in law and her friend went up to Big Sandy Lake for a relaxing weekend of fishing, hunting and eating. It was cold and windy Friday so my wife and I decided to rent a boat on a small lake called Shumway Lake, in the Savana Portage State Park. My mother in law and her friend were going to walk around the lake while we fished. We rented the boat at about noon on Friday and said we would meet back at the parking lots between 3 and 4. We gave the women the keys to the truck, because we were sure they would beat us back there. Long story short, they texted me at 4:45 and said they were lost and needed help. I got a hold of the park ranger and they sent out a ranger on an ATV to find them. Both of the ladies cell phone batteries died at 7pm so we had no more contact with them. It started raining, it was down in the low 30's and it was getting dark. At 1AM the park decided to get the Aitkin County Sheriff's involved and they called out a search party. They ended up spending the night in the woods soaking wet, with no water, no flashlights, no compass, no lighter or matches and were found at 6:00am Saturday morning. It was a huge scare for all of us but thank god they were ok, just really cold and tired.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:25 AM 09/25/12 (CST)
Holy Crap! shocked smiley
I guess you never know when something like that can happen.
I am glad there OK. wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:39 AM 09/25/12 (CST)
Wow. That sounds like a terrifying night. So glad things turned out all right BD.




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:55 AM 09/25/12 (CST)
There's a scary story with a happy ending and something everyone involved will never forget. I'm glad everyone is OK! I used to hunt in the Savanah area, and getting lost there is pretty easy!
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:00 PM 09/25/12 (CST)
Thanks guys,
Yes we are So Thankful for everyone involved!! They did say they were terrified and didn't think they would live, but it did have a happy ending for sure! My mother in laws idea of "roughing" it, is a hotel without room service, so for her to go through this and make it out alive and pretty much unscathed is Amazing! There is a lot more to the story but I didn't feel like typing the whole thing - lol. But yes the lesson I learned out of it, is to NEVER enter the woods without at least a compass and a lighter at the very least.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:32 AM 09/27/12 (CST)
holy cow. I have been lost a couple times but never all night. Wow did they ever learn a lesson.Glad everthing was ok and they better walk on the bike trails from now on



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:41 AM 09/27/12 (CST)
holy cow. I have been lost a couple times but never all night. Wow did they ever learn a lesson.Glad everthing was ok and they better walk on the bike trails from now on



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:42 PM 09/27/12 (CST)
Thats a scary deal. I've been turned around a few times when out in the woods but before I head into the woods I make a mental note of landmarks (roads, lakes, rivers, trails, etc) and my orientation related to the landmarks. I try to pick landmarks in various directions so I know when I hit a particular landmark I can use that to get my barrings while out in the field.

I've learned over the years that apparently my 2 hunting buddies don't have the best sense of direction while in the field and apparently they don't pay attention to the landmarks like i do. That leaves me with the opportunity to have a little fun with them on occasion. I can send them walking in circles and they have no idea. Every time we are out scouting or trying to find our stands deep in the woods they are always amazed that I can walk a mile through the woods without a compass in hand and still walk right to an unmarked stand without using any sort of trail. When we get there they ask me, "ok now where is my stand"?


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 07:31 AM 09/28/12 (CST)
Here's the WHOLE story written by my wife:

I thought I would share this amazing story of survival with you all. Mainly because I am pretty impressed with my ALMOST 69 year old mom Rita (sorry mom for sharing your age... but dang... you are impressive) and her friend Patty who is 10 years younger.

My moms friend Ms. Patty was in town this past weekend from California. They were going to run the half marathon in the Twin Cities on Saturday morning but my mom has a bit of a bum knee and she knew she would not be able to keep up with the time needed to finish. We all decided to head up to the Curry cabin instead.

The weather at the cabin was COLD! The wind was directly out of the north. So we decided to go to Savanna Portage State Park for the afternoon. Chris and I rented a boat to go fishing and my mom and Ms. Patty went on a 1.5 mile hike around the lake that Chris and I were fishing on. We were all going to meet back at the dock around 3 so that we could eat our lunch that we brought. We were eating a late lunch because we had eaten a late breakfast at 10am. We had given my mom the keys to the truck thinking that they would make it back before we would. Then they would have access to our lunch and books that they had brought with them.

We all went our separate ways at noon. Chris and I left on the boat and mom and Ms. Patty headed out on their 1.5 mile walk around the lake.

While out fishing on the lake we saw them a few times. We waved at each other and they took a few pictures of us.

Around 3pm Chris and I decided to head back to the dock because we thought the two ladies would be waiting for us.

We got back at the dock and they weren't there. So Chris and I decided to fish off the dock. We texted my mom asking where they were. Moms very simple text back was... "In the woods". About 45 minutes later Ms. Patty called and said they were sorry but they were going to be about an hour more. That wasnt a problem except that the boat we were rented needed to be back by 4pm and it was 3:45 at this point. Chris called the park headquarters and told them we were going to be a little late. They didnt mind.

About 4:15 Chris received a text from my mom saying they were lost and needed help getting back. Chris called the headquarters and told them what was going on. Headquarters told Chris to have the ladies text or call the headquarters.

At 5:30ish a park ranger came to where Chris and I were and told us he knew exactly where the ladies were and he would go get them and bring them back. Off Mr.Ranger went... in a tee-shirt and pants. No flashlight, No lighter, No matches, No food, No water, No compass, and a half dead radio.

6:30... 7:30... still no ladies and no Park Ranger. At this point it was raining and Chris and I were running from the truck (that was still locked because my mom had the keys) to a near by outhouse for shelter. It was getting dark by 7:30 so we decided to walk to the ranger station. Chris sent the headquarters a text asking how far it was from where we were. It was 2 miles they said. But... they told us to go to the Camp Host trailer close by and we could communicate by radio. Once at the Camp Host we were listening to all the chatter on the radio.

Finally around 8ish park ranger found mom and Ms. Patty. We thought it would be just an hour or so and we would see them. But... that is the last we heard from them on the radio. We knew nothing!

Around 11pm the head park ranger came to where Chris and I were and she explained to us what was going on. She said that 2 other rescuers had found the ranger and the ladies and they were on an un-maintained snowmobile trail that had down trees laying across the trail and they couldnt get though but they were trying by cutting the trees and clearing a path. That is the last we heard until 3am when a Sheriff deputy comes knocking on the camper door.

Deputy John explained to Chris and I that no one was with the ranger and they girls. No one was helping them get out of the woods. He and the ladies were together but that they had lost all contact with them around 9pm. The Sheriff department had pulled their rescue team together at 2:30am and were all meeting at the park headquarters and getting ready to head out to find Mr Ranger and the ladies. They had also called out the Inferred Helicopter to use the heat senors. But the helicopter was grounded because of the weather and was unable to leave the Twin Cities.

We asked Deputy John to take us back to the cabin. Colt (our handsome yellow lab) had been there by himself since 11:30 the morning before. Locked in his kennel. No lunch and no dinner.

As Deputy John drove us by the park headquarters we could not believe how may people and 4 wheelers were there. 30 people in total! We couldn't believe it!

Once at the cabin Deputy John told us he would keep us in the loop and if anything changed he would let us know as soon as it happened. He told us to try and get some rest... YEAH RIGHT!

Around 6:00am we got a call from Deputy John. They had been found!!!!!!!!!!!!

The head of search and rescue for Aiken County found them. They had to walk through high brush for 2 hours before they were able to meet up with the rest of the rescue team with the 4 wheelers. Then it was a 30 minute ride back to the park headquarters.

Deputy John came to get us at the cabin around 8:30am.

My mom and Ms. Patty were back by them. We have NEVER been so happy to see eachother! Both were tired, cold, wet, hungry and very thirsty and my mom was pretty bruised up.

So... what in the heck REALLY happened?

Turns out mom and Ms. Patty didnt go around the whole lake. They came to a spot on the path where they could go either right or left... and they choose left. They had gotten to a point in the path where it was completely underwater. So they decided to go around the bog instead of through it. The bog was never ending and eventually they got lost. Thank goodness they had tracked their walk on iMapRun. They were able to send their GPS location and that is how the park ranger knew where to go. But... once the park ranger found them both of their cell phone batteries had died and he was disoriented and lead them for 2 hours in the wrong direction on foot. He had left his 4 wheeler because it got stuck. They were walking in the pitch black darkness for 2 hours. Walking into trees. Falling in water. Finally around 10pm my mom said she couldnt walk anymore. So... they laid down in the woods and more or less surrendered to Mother Nature. He laid between mom and Ms. Patty because he only had a tee shirt on. It was sleeting and around 30 degrees that night. My mom convinced herself that the only way she was going to survive this was if she could fall asleep. And God made that happen. Ms. Patty said she spent the night thinking about dying of hypothermia. Both mom and Ms. Patty told us that they felt they were going to die. They told us how they sang hymns to get through and did a whole bunch of praying!

Chris and I have never felt so helpless! We prayed our butts off and thank goodness our prayers were answered! We didnt have to take them to the hospital! They wanted to go back to the cabin and warm up and have some coffee! Thats what we did!

I am continually amazed by my mom! I cant believe that she spend 20 hours in the woods! This by a woman who thinks ruffing it, is a hotel without room service! She is a true trooper!

God answered all our prayers! From needing a cell phone charger to keep Chris' phone charged to the ladies getting back safely!

It is truly an amazing story and wanted to share it with you all!



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:56 AM 09/28/12 (CST)
Amazing something very terrible didnt happen. I think of this everytime I send out my children deer hunting. It looks as though we will need to rethink some of our simple plans even on our own land.



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