Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Tragic Ending

This is a shame.

I've been following this story for the past week or so, whenever it was that it started, and I honestly believed that, after they'd found the mother and two kids, they be able to find the father too. The thing that really sticks it in and breaks it off is that, had the father stayed with his family instead of going for help, he'd still be alive. Irony is a motherfucker, sometimes.

It's frightening to think that there are still places in the world, in our own country, that are so desolate that something like this could happen. Makes one feel quite small.


Blogger Tracy Kaufman said...

I've been trailing this story all week, and honestly cried when the news came in this afternoon. For awhile it really seemed like they would find him alive and well.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They said he had experience in the woods. The first rule you should be taught about getting lost in the woods is to stay wherever you are unless it's dangerous to do so. It's important because you are probably not too far away from where you intend to be or the path you need to be on so rescuers can find you more quickly.

This is sad.

And why, yes, I am an Eagle Scout, thank you for asking. Modest, also.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Clinton said...

Chris W... Dude, if I were an Eagle Scout, I'd never stop telling people. I'd use the phrase "I'manEagleScout" like a comma.

"Hello I'manEagleScout my name is Clinton."

threetoedsloth... Yeah, no joke. I got a bit choked when heard the news too.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt awful, too-- but I have to disagree with you about the "frightening to think" bit.

As much as this is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to his wife and children, part of me thinks it's wonderful and incredible that there are still parts of this country that are truly wild. Parts that haven't been neutered by overdevelopment, or destroyed by pollution. It doesn't make this story any less grim, but I think it will be a sorry world when all the roads are paved, all the sharp edges blunted, all the cliffs strung up with safety nets.

But I definitely agree with you on this: it does make ya feel awfully damn small. Not always a bad thing, that.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Clinton said...

Very good point, dude. Frightening isn't the word I want there... maybe "interesting." I'm always amazed by stories like this because I feel like we're such a connected, linked-up world. When someone, a whole family even, falls off the grid it's, to me, very jarring.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The misses and I got lost on our honeymoon in Alaska hiking to a cabin by a glacier. It got too dark and we couldn't see the trail any longer during...waitforit...bear season. I really thought we could die on our honeymoon. It makes a great 'telling over a couple of beers' story but when we finally got out of the woods, I had one of them good ole fashioned shit-fits.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Big Daddy said...

I'm with you. I unintentionally tracked the story all week because of the news I read, and then to have it suddenly pop up he didn't make it, was disheartening.

7:53 PM  

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