Monday, September 8, 2014

the great weekend that didn't end so great...

John and I had a great start to the weekend, but as you probably guessed from the (very) obvious blog post title, our weekend ended with a major hiccup.  (Be forewarned, this is a very long post.)

We decided that we were going to go camping for the weekend at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon... so we did just that! I took a vacation day on Friday, and John took a half day of work so that we could get up there before dark.  To get to the north rim, you have to drive all the way around the Grand Canyon and back down (which adds an extra three hours to the trip).

 

When we finally got there, we got settled and went straight to bed to wake up early the next morning for the opening weekend of blue grouse hunting.  John said that grouse hunting is sometimes referring to as "walking around in the woods with a shotgun," which is pretty much what we did the first day - but let me tell you, it was absolutely beautiful!  The aspen leaves are already starting to change colors!



We were in the Kaibab National Forest, which bordered the national park.  The scenery was gorgeous, and the weather was in the low to mid sixties... it was glorious.  Although Scout didn't find any birds, she did a really great job "pounding the pavement."  I enjoy watching Scout run around, and man can that girl run forever.


Once we were done looking for grouse, we decided to go check out the sights at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Our campground was actually in the national park, which was super fun.  The North Rim is absolutely beautiful... the South Rim (where everyone goes) is also breathtaking, but the north rim is extra forested, the rocks are bolder colors, and it is literally empty - no one is there because it is so hard to get to (the north rim even closes in October due to all of the snow).




We headed back to the campground, made a fire, and grilled some hot dogs and s'mores.  We were worried about Scout being around the campground, but she actually did great! Although she did quickly learn that, at the camp ground, all she needs to do is bark and we will come running... Oh well.



The next morning we planned to go out to do a little more grouse hunting and then head back to Scottsdale.  We didn't see any birds, but just as we were getting ready to finish up because it started to rain, Scout found a covey!  We were so proud of her, and I couldn't believe she did it!  The rain started to get heavy so I decided I was going to head back to the car as John finished up with Scout.


We were hunting in an alpine meadow, and all I had to do was head straight up through the forest and I would run into the car - about a half mile, no problem.  I started walking and the rain started coming down pretty hard and it started hailing.  I was concerned that I was walking too much to the right, so I started walking more left.  I was getting a bit turned around, but figured all I needed to do was run into the old logging road, and then I could just walk to road back down to where we parked.

At this point, I had been walking for a ways and still didn't run into the road, and I was started to get worried because I couldn't retrace my steps.  I was screaming for John, but knew there was no way he could hear me over the pounding rain and hail.  So, I had the brilliant idea of running to what looked like the nearest clearing, which was not a clearing, and then the next clearing, which was not a clearing.  The problem was that the trees were so high and thick that I literally could not see more than 20 feet in front of me.

I was starting to panic, and turned on my cell phone to call 911.  My phone would go from no service to one tiny little bar depending on where I was, so I kept walking to try and find service.  I called 911 seven times (and my mom once, ha), and not surprisingly, none of my calls went through.  At this point, I had been wandering for over an hour, and there was no way I was finding my way out.  I finally got to the edge of what looked like a clearing, and it turned out to be a massive canyon - the Grand Canyon.

Lots of people get helicoptered out of the Grand Canyon, so I decided I would just wait until mountain rescue came to get me... which I thought could be awhile, since I had the keys to the car, and I had no idea if John had even figured out what happened to me yet.  I had a whistle and my throat was unbelievably sore from screaming - so I decided to sit under a tree to get out of the rain and wait.

After another hour, I heard the most glorious noise ever - my husband very faintly screaming my name.  I have never ever screamed so hard in my life, and after about 30 minutes, he was able to find me - I will be eternal grateful to see his handsome face.  It took us about 45 minutes to get back out, and we came out from the absolutely opposite direction from where I thought I was.  MY MUSCLES ARE SO SORE.


Moral of the story... we are getting a GPS ASAP, walkie talkies, and I need a little break from the outdoors.  BUT, all in all - I could not be ANY happier that my husband found me (obviously)... and thank God this all happened at 10am and not 4pm, when it could have started to get dark out...

39 comments :

  1. I'm glad you're safe and your pictures are beautiful!

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  2. Oh my goodness, my stomach was in knots just reading that...I'm so sorry you had to go through that but glad that everything worked out ok!

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  3. Beautiful photos! Being lost must have been quite frightening...so glad your husband found you!

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  4. Insanely beautiful pictures...I've always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon!!! But more than that...Praise Jesus that you are safe and sound!!! What a story! Thankful that John found you, brave lady!!! xx

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  5. How frightening! So glad the story turned out for the good and your husband was able to track you down. Though the photos you took are absolutely stunning, I can't wait to see it for myself some day!

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  6. That is absolutely terrifying!! I'm so happy that everything is ok and John found you!! That has to be one of my biggest fears - getting lost in a forest!!

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  7. I got anxiety just reading the end of this post- I'm so glad John was able to find you & what a beautiful rainbow at the end. All of the photos are gorgeous, I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip together, up until the last bit.

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  8. That is so scary!! I think that anyone in that situation would have felt the same way you did!! I'm so glad that your husband found you, and that you saw a rainbow after that. :-) Your pictures are so beautiful too. I've never been to the Grand Canyon, but I hope to one day.

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  9. Oh my gosh your photos are gorgeous!! That is so scary that you got lost, I would have been completely panicking! So glad your hubby found you, it sounds like walkie talkies are definitely a good idea!

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  10. Um your pictures are amazing BUT your story terrified me. It is from a movie and I am so thankful for the happy ending!!

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  11. Omg so glad you are ok!! I would have been freeeeeaking out completely! But wow the pictures are GORGEOUS!

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  12. That's so scary! Glad you weren't injured and your love found you!


    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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  13. Seriously, I had tears in my eyes reading about your moments of being lost. Seriously I can't even imagine how terrified you must have been and this how incredibly relieving and overwhelming it was to see John's face!!!! God was really watching over y'all that morning!!!! So glad you're safe!!!

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  14. Those photos are gorgeous! So glad you are safe, I would have been terrified!

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  15. i developed anxiety from just READING this. i can't imagine!! so glad you are safe!!

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  16. That sounds horribly frightening! So glad for a happy ending to that story.

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  17. OMG, you must have been so scared! I'm sorry that happened to you! I would have been terrified! The good thing is that you are okay! xo

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  18. OH.MY.LORD!!!! That has got to be the scariest thing ever!
    But if you made the national news getting rescued, we could all say, We know her!!! :)
    So glad you are safe!

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  19. Oh my goodness!!! How scary is that! You're brave, I would've panicked SO much! Like nauseous and hyperventilating. So glad everything turned out ok and you were found! And yes walkie-talkies are a must!!
    And love all of your pictures, what a beautiful place!

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  20. Oh no! Just hearing your story is petrifying so I can't even imagine what you must have felt going through it! So glad you made it out safe and sound and I think you're officially entitled to a little r&r and pampering!

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  21. holy scary. that sounds like a horror movie waiting to happen! you poor thing :( thank goodness that your husband found you! I would have cried my eyes out.

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  22. Oh my gosh! So scary and so glad you are okay!! We had something like this happen when we visited Yellowstone.. of course we were kids and didn't think anything of it but our parents were definitely panicking. Beautiful pictures, they don't even look real!

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  23. Oh my gosh that's terrifying! I'm sorry that happened! When I was on vacation in Idaho, we went whitewater rafting, and my raft threw me out, and I got swept down the river. It was one of the scariest things that's ever happened to me. Mother nature is cruel sometimes!

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  24. GIRLFRIEND. That story is terrifying.

    So glad you're okay.

    And yeah, I'd be taking a pause on ol mother nature for a bit after that.

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  25. oh my gosh that is absolutely terrifying. Gps and walkies asap definitely! I was freaking out for you just reading this. Yikes. I'm so glad it ended up being okay.

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  26. Holy crap girl. I'm so glad this had a somewhat of a happy ending. All I kept thinking was horror movies..because that's what I would do. I would have cried a billion times over. So scary. The sights were beautiful though, I've heard so many great things about the north rim!!!

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  27. WHAT is it with the Grand Canyon, going from perfect to awful so fast haha?! Well, glad you had a good time up until that happened, your pictures, so gorgeous! I became very anxious when I got to the part where you got lost, so scary! Glad all was ok, I bet you jumped into his arms!

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  28. Oh my gosh Lisa that's awful...thank God it all worked out!! The pics are just gorgeous, I still have to cross the Grand Canyon off my bucket list sometime soon:)

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  29. Oh gosh, that would be so scary, glad he was able to find you!! It looks like an amazingly beautiful place though! Love all of your photos!! Been there as a teenager, definitely need to go back!

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  30. Lisa! All of my Sandia hikes couldn't of prepared me for this story! I would have been terrified, but I'm so glad you didn't have to get rescued by helicopter in the end! Thank goodness for John and Scout!

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  31. That is so terrifying! It sounds like you handled it really well though; I would have been a hot mess! So glad you're safe!

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  32. What a crazy and scary story!! I can not imagine, I am so happy he found you!

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  33. OMG soooo scary! Glad that John was able to find you and everything turned out ok.

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  34. Oh wow, how terrifying!! Being in the wilderness is beautiful, but can def be scary. I'm so glad it all worked out okay. What a blessing! I think walkie-talkies is a great idea. This also will make me think twice when we go out next time.

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  35. Oh wow--that would have been very terrifying, to be lost like that! I can't even imagine how excited you must have been that he found you!

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  36. OH my gosh! I'm so glad you're ok and that your hubs found you. That is super scary. Your pictures are gorgeous though!

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  37. Oh my goodness girl! I would be scared shitless! Lol. I'm so glad that everything worked out though! Other than the ending, it sounds and looks like an amazing trip!

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  38. This sounds so terrifying! So thankful that you are ok and it wasn't worse! Your pictures are beautiful, and I'm glad at least part of the trip was fun :)

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  39. Totally had anxiety just reading this! Oh my gosh, so glad you are okay!

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