Desert Stories: Lost…and Found   Leave a comment

If you love the desert; if you love hiking and spending time in the desert, you will find this an interesting and informative read. — kenne

Where God Takes Me

Nevada Desert Humboldt Range as seen from French Boys Canyon

Me and my adventurous ways have really got us in the mire this time.  –Mathew McGough, stranded with his five-year-old daughter for seven days in the Australian outback

When I read stories about people getting lost in the desert, I begin with two assumptions.  The first is that the traveler did something wrong that resulted in him getting lost; the second is that he did something right if he lived to tell the tale.

The second assumption is generous because lots of people who get lost in the desert are found only after arduous searches.   Still, the adventurer gets credit for telling someone who would notice him missing, where he was going and when he intended to return.  Leaving an itinerary with a responsible party is a preeminent rule of desert survival.  Mine is often a scrawled note that I tuck under one of the windshield wipers of our neighbor’s Chevy pick-up right before we depart on a Nevada desert journey.

Common Mistakes

I recently read with fascination Tom Mahood’s account of his investigative role in uncovering the fate of a German tourist family who vanished while traveling in Death Valley National Park.  Mahood stumbled on the story on the internet, twelve years after the family disappeared.  In 2008 he read that a Death Valley Ranger performing an aerial search for illegal drug…

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Posted September 22, 2014 by kenneturner in Information

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