Tag Archives: Hiking

Two Hikers Found a message in a Bottle and Helped Rescued a Stranded Family

There was a CNN news update by Cheri Mossburg on September 11, 2019 about two hikers helped to rescue a stranded family. The family wanted to thank these two hikers and made the news on this day.

Curtis Whitson, his thirteen-year-old son and his girlfriend, Krystal Ramirez went backpacking at the Arroyo Seco River in central California for the Father’s Day weekend. Their goal was to reach the Arroyo Seco narrows, float through the water shoot and down the waterfall before joining friends to float the last couple of miles down to a campground. After two-and-a-half days, the family reached the narrows, a spot in the river surrounded by solid rock up to 40 feet high on each side. But the water currents were too strong for them to pass through. After trying to hike up and over, Whitson and his son kept hitting dead ends. There was no way out.

The family couldn’t see anything past the canyon walls, but they heard voices on the other side. They tried yelling for help. They carved a message on a stick and throwing it over. But they realized a stick wouldn’t be enough.

Whitson spotted a lime green water bottle and carved ‘HELP’ into the exterior of the plastic. Ramirez, his girlfriend had scratch paper. She scratched out a note and popped the paper inside the bottle.

 

The family carved 'HELP' on a green bottle

The three made sure to include a note in the bottle

The family went back up the river to a small beach where they had stopped earlier for lunch. They floated down from the beach in about two minutes, but it took about 30 minutes to get back upstream. After they got to the beach, they spread out a blue tarp in a clearing and assembled white rocks to spell out “SOS.” As the sun set, they used a headlamp to keep that message illuminated.

 

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After midnight, the sound of a California Highway Patrol helicopter woke them up. Someone said over the loudspeaker, “This is Search and Rescue. We have found you.” The rescue crew told the family to stay put and stay warm. They arrived early the next morning to bring them to safety.

The rescue officer told Whitson two men found the bottle and hiked two miles to their campsite to give the message to the site host. Flight Officer Todd Bainbridge said the crew used night vision goggles and FLIR (forward looking infrared) technology to spot the campfire and located Whitson and his family. The two hikers left before the rescue team arrived.

Whitson and his family are grateful for the two hikers and the crew member who saved them. He wanted the news media to help him find the two hikers who found his family’s message and saved their lives.

 

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.

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We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

Weekly Photo Challenge – Waiting

 “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Waiting is not a bad thing; it can bring its own joy – the thrill of achievement” – David Jeremiah

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Mt. Adams, Yakima County/Skamania County, Washington USA

Mercy and Will went cross-country skiing on Mt. Adams, in Yakima County / Skamania County, Washington USA. It is 12,280 feet elevation. They drove up to a campsite to camp, then hiked up to the top of the mountain. They wanted to reach the top of the mountain to see the sunrise. They did the timing of hiking. It was worth the effort of hiking and waiting. The magical moment came as the sun arose. The thrill and the joy were indescribable.  The emotion of such achievement could only expressed by the celebration of love.

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Mercy hiking, trying to keep up with Will and Luke

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The sun started to rise

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The magical moment

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Mercy, Will and Luke on top of Mt. Adams

They skied down to the campsite with confidence and pride.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Look Down at Things

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Lantau Peak is the second highest summit in Hong Kong. It is a perfect spot to watch the sunrise. The climb takes around two hours. Many people spend a night at a hotel in Ngong Ping and set off about 4:00 a.m. to catch the 6:00 a.m. sunrise from its peak. When we were in Hong Kong, we took the cable car to ride to the peak. The hiking trails below can be clearly seen from the cable car.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Looking Down at Things

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

This was our trip to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Just follow the sign.

grand-canyon-of-yellowstoneHere is the Waterfall and River.

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There was warning sign along the trail.

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Many hiking trails like this one to hike down to the river.

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There are also staircases to walk down to the river and walk up. I chose to take the staircase. Here I was, in the yellow shirt.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – November 30, 2016

Trails

Where do you go hiking, biking, or horse riding? We are fortunate to live in a city where trails and trails are intertwined throughout the city. Some biking trails are along the homes’ backyards.

The crosswalk is horse friendly. The people walk and horse walk buttons are equally important.

When my husband and I go hiking, he likes to hike in the biking trails for it seems to be more challenging. Of course the bikers and hikers are good dancers when it comes to sharing the trail!

Daily Prompt: Hike                                                              – Photos by Miriam Hurdle