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Adventures of a Modern Day, Middle-Aged Hero, on the Glory Road(to family security)

8.04.2011

Sometimes, it's just about mindset.

Nice story out of Oregon today.  Saturday evening, 28-year old art teacher Pamela Salant, wandered off from her campground for a quick walk.  Sounds like part of the trail she was on must have given way, because somehow she tumbled down the rocky hillside, breaking a bone in her left leg, and last two bones in her back.

Oregon woman rescued after 3 nights in rugged forest.

Despite those injuries, she managed to crawl, drag herself almost a mile down the hill and along side a creek.  I've been to this area.  The north side of Mount Hood is some thick, thick forest.  There are a lot of steep drop off's, criss-crossed by seasonal creeks that turn into rivers depending on the melt-off.  It's some pretty unforgiving country located only about an hour outside of Portland.  That she survived just purely due to mindset, in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, is impressive. 

It's also sobering.  I sometimes look at the little 'survival tins' or even 'fanny pack' survival kits, and giggle, because, well...it's not a backpack full of stuff.  But, you read something like this and realize that ANYTHING is 2000 time better than NOTHING. 

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